The Atlanta Hawks were one of the biggest surprises during the 2020-21 NBA season. They were floundering with Lloyd Pierce as head coach, but once he was fired and Nate McMillan took over, the team went on a run.
Pierce was relieved of his head coaching duties after the team began the season 14-20. Stuck in a rut, McMillan took over and the team instantly turned things around, winning the first eight games he was the interim head coach for.
Atlanta would finish the season with a record of 27-11 under McMillan, earning the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Not having a home-court advantage didn’t hurt them, as they defeated the New York Knicks in five games in the first round and the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games in the second round.
They fell to the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they had a magnificent run. This offseason, they were looking to cement themselves among the best teams in the conference.
Trae Young and John Collins were locked into extensions, giving the organization their foundation for the future. Now, they just have to continue upgrading around them. One way could be adding another star to the mix, such as Bradley Beal.
The Washington Wizards superstar shooting guard could take the Hawks to that next level, giving them one of the best backcourt duos in the NBA. What could a trade look like between the teams centered around Beal?
Let’s take a look at this hypothetical trade.