Skip to content

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Doc Rivers says Paul Pierce chose Clippers over Celtics this summer

    Sep 3, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston Reuters

    He will be remembered as a Celtic, but Los Angeles is his hometown.

  2. It’s official: J.R. Smith re-signs with Cavaliers

    Sep 2, 2015, 10:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith J.R. Smith

    He’s making $1.5 million less than if he opted in this season, but he does have another year.

  3. Brad Stevens hints he will explore taller, more traditional lineups

    Sep 2, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brad Stevens AP

    With the additions to the Celtics’ roster, this is the smart play.

  4. Report: Free agent Glen Davis to have ankle surgery, out 2-3 months

    Sep 2, 2015, 8:31 PM EDT

    Glen Davis Glen Davis

    He could be back on the court around Thanksgiving, if a team picks him up.

  5. Dwight Howard tried to take loaded gun through airport security, will not face charges

    Sep 2, 2015, 6:31 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five Getty Images

    Don’t bring a loaded Glock to an airport, people. It’s pretty much common sense.

  6. Report: Clippers planning a mascot

    Sep 2, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Utah Jazz Getty Images

    It won’t be called Seagull Kneivel

  7. D-League Showcase will use net rating as tiebreaker

    Sep 2, 2015, 3:14 PM EDT

    2015 NBA D League Showcase Getty Images

    Advanced stats aren’t always the answer

  8. Shaq with the coolest fist bump ever (video)

    Sep 2, 2015, 2:17 PM EDT

    2015 NBA Finals - Game One Getty Images

    If only I could get people to run up to fist bump me while I walk…

  9. Report: 76ers interested in Kendall Marshall

    Sep 2, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks Getty Images

    Point guard reportedly working out in Philadelphia

  10. Ty Lawson on coming to Houston: “It’s definitely a breath of fresh air”

    Sep 2, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Denver Nuggets Getty Images

    For Lawson personally I hope this move and this situation is what he needs to get his life in order.

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2402)
  2. K. Irving (2121)
  3. A. Davis (1844)
  4. K. Bryant (1487)
  5. L. James (1477)
  1. A. Aminu (1383)
  2. K. Durant (1353)
  3. M. Leonard (1348)
  4. T. Thompson (1254)
  5. E. Mudiay (1176)