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Report: Hawks trying to trade into top five, maybe for Shabazz Muhammad

Jun 25, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Shabazz Muhammad

Sometimes, we hear what type of move a team wants to make. Sometimes, we even hear about potential trade partners for that team. Sometimes, we hear which player a team wants to draft.

Here’s a juicy rumor that combines all three. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

The Atlanta Hawks are dangling their two first-round picks for a trade in hopes of moving up in Thursday’s NBA draft, possibly as high as the top five, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

Atlanta has had trade conversations with at least one team picking in the top five, a source said.

The Hawks also are intrigued by UCLA small forward Shabazz Muhammad, a source said.

It’s difficult to see those three sentences as part of the same plan, at least part of a plan that will happen.

The Hawks have the No. 17 and No. 18 picks in the first-round, and those alone shouldn’t net a top-five pick. Though many critics have panned this draft as weak, there’s a consensus top six building: Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Anthony Bennett and Victor Oladipo. A team in picking fourth to sixth – as of right now, Charlotte, Phoenix and New Orleans – is in a good spot to get a valuable prospect. A team in that range should command more than the No. 17 and No. 18 picks, an area where the better prospects likely already thinned out.

And trading into the top five to get Muhammad seems like overkill. The Kings, who hold the No. 7 pick, reportedly like him, but it’s difficult to see him go any higher than that.

  1. lastdukestreetking - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    The Magic should go for this deal with ATL especially IF the reports are true that Cleveland is interested in taking McLemore.

  2. wvuandsteelers - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Hawks trading up makes sense. For Muhammad makes no sense. I’ve heard rumors that OKC would trade 12 and 29 for the Hawks’ picks, which would make some sense for the Hawks.

    Now, at 5, taking Len or Bennett or Porter would make some sense. Not Muhammad.

  3. htownred34 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Muhammad will probably be the guy who falls in the draft I see him outside of the lottery and the hawks may be able to still grab him…

  4. gpatrick15 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Danny Ferry cannot be this stupid. Trading into the top 5 is fine, even if this is by all accounts a weak draft (won’t really know for years), but to trade up to get a player who is the likeliest to fall to the end of the lottery or out of the lottery all together is ridiculous. If they find a taker in the top 5, there will be far better prospects on the board. McLemore, Porter, Oladipo, Noel, they all could be available depending on where in the top 5 they pick, and if they take Muhammad with any of those other guys on the board then that’ll be right up there with the Marvin Williams pick as one of the worst picks they could have made.

  5. readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    i think being in ATL is a mistake for a young man who has some character issues…too many distractions outside the court. plus he is a slight bit overrated. i think he should go to a team with veteran leadership and a hard nose coach

  6. elwaysagenius - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Wouldn’t it make sense from say, the bobcats perspective to trade down? They would get some role players, but still be bad enough to have a chance at #1 in what is apparently a draft with a few potential superstars

  7. stephenolszewski - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Atlanta would be so stupid to do that, welcome to the Danny Ferry regime everyone

  8. rtratlsports - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Doesn’t everyone remember what amazing drafters the hawks are?!?!

    • thatstinks - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      In Danny Ferry we trust . These aren’t your childhood Pete Babcock run Hawks .

    • spursareold - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      New regime.

  9. thatstinks - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    They want Trey Burke . Someone will throw a nice contract at Teague . Maybe the Mavs .

  10. jlinatl - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    If Muhammad is a probability of going 7th, then you pretty much have to trade into the Top 5 if you want him because there’s only 1 other trade possibility.

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