NBA Trades: Hawks and Pelicans swap stars in a tantalizing proposed offseason deal

Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram
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NBA Trades: Would the Hawks agree to the deal?

The Hawks find themselves between a rock and a hard place. As is, they top out as a low seed in the Eastern Conference. They will also owe their backcourt of Young and Murray $70 million next season, so the Hawks won't be cheap either. That makes the idea of moving Young for another star at least appealing, especially if they aren't able to get the offers that they want.

Even still, this deal might be polarizing. Moving on from Capela would open up minutes for Okongwu, so they probably wouldn't see much drop-off at the center, though losing Young might hurt them offensively. McCollum is coming off a good season, and while his contract is pricey, he might be better at shooting guard playing next to Murray.

There may also be overlap concerns with Ingram and Jalen Johnson, but short of better options, he may be a reasonable choice. Whether the Hawks agree to the deal is dependent on if they shop Young and if they get the offer they want.

That would probably be at least three first-round picks, which not every team has to offer, and the ones that may be in the market for a point guard may balk at that price. Or they might look at trading for Donovan Mitchell instead. If no other better offers materialize, then the Hawks could consider it.

All in all, the Hawks and Pelicans have incentive to make big changes this summer. And if the Hawks are willing to move Young and the Pelicans are willing to move Ingram, then a similar deal to the one mentioned above just might happen.