Phoenix Suns: 6 potential 2019 NBA Draft trades

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6. Trading down with the Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks are more likely to be involved in draft-day trade talks than perhaps any other team. With selections at No. 8, No. 10, No. 17, No. 35, No. 41 and No. 44, there’s virtually zero chance they emerge from Thursday night with six new rookies. If a wing like Jarrett Culver or De’Andre Hunter is still available in that 4-6 range, the Hawks would be foolish not to consider packaging picks to move up.

While players swapping sides between Phoenix and Atlanta wouldn’t make much sense, the Suns could very easily move No. 6 for No. 8 and either No. 10 or No. 17:

If asking for No. 8 and No. 10 proves to be too much for Atlanta to surrender for No. 6, maybe including No. 32 would even things out, giving Atlanta more opportunities to package other picks to move up again.

For the Hawks, either deal gives them a shot at drafting the kind of 3-and-D wing they need to pair with their young core of Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter.

For the Suns, they trade down in a weak draft and get to take Brandon Clarke at No. 8. A combo guard who can shoot and defend like Nickeil Alexander-Walker, or even a boom-or-bust guy like Bol Bol would make sense at No. 17. Either way, trading down makes a ton of sense for Phoenix, especially if Atlanta has a prospect in its sights around No. 6.