The offseason trade in the Eastern Conference is turning into a dubious one as almost every team is struggling to ensure their playoff places. Among them, the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls are holding the 8th and 11th seeds in the conference, which brings a bit of shock to fans.
Both teams are considered to be fighting for the championship at the start of the season; however, injuries, disagreements, and personal reasons are taking their toll on the players of both teams.
Trae Young and Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young, a 24-year-old point guard, is the most consistent player for the Hawks, averaging 90% free throw shooting, 9.7 assists per game, and 27.9 points per game this season. Young was named to the NBA All-Star team for back-to-back seasons.
Despite such a fine form, coach Nate McMillen wanted to bench him as the guard sustained a minor shoulder injury. However, Trae had another thought, and that led to disgruntlement in the dressing room. Later, the youngster put in a transfer request, believing he might have a better chance elsewhere.
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DeMar DeRozan and Chicago Bulls
On the other hand, DeRozan had a pretty good relationship with the staff, but his teammates are failing him as Lonzo Ball’s fatal injury and Zach LaVine’s rough patch affect the dressing room environment. Furthermore, he has only one year left in his contract.
The 33-year-old forward has been named five times NBA all-star, even in 2022. As there is no news of a contract extension from the franchise, the veteran considered taking his career elsewhere.
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Possible future destination
Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes speculated on where the duo might end up in an offseason trade. He thought of them as being on the same team, since the Hawks were able to keep Trae and get DeMar to improve their chances of making the playoffs.
On the other hand, the Lakers have been showing interest in the Bulls star. Chris thinks both parties would benefit from the deal.