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...by all accounts, New Orleans management successfully engineered a bidding war for Holiday's services. The Boston Celtics offered Gordon Hayward plus their three first-round picks in last week's draft, it is said. Atlanta is known to have discussed the No. 6 pick, Dewayne Dedmon and sharpshooting youngster Kevin Huerter.
Now with Bogdan brought in on a 4-year deal (and Reddish likely ahead of him in the rotation because of defensive concerns), is KH in the long term plans for this team? Or trade bait for the big, aggressive next move Schlenk is already hinting at?
PTH's seems to believe Huerter is still an integral part of the long term plans.
The Athletic doubts Huerter and Young can make a viable backcourt pairing because oif their defenisve limitations.
The AthleticSam Vecenie wrote:Young never reaching even an adequate level defensively would put real pressure on the roster-building surrounding him and force the Hawks into tougher spots that make them less flexible going forward in the kind of players they can target.
...if Young never gets better on defense, it probably resigns Huerter to either being trade bait or to being more of a sixth-man. It would put way too much pressure on their help defense to have both Young and Huerter out there. Both of them — particularly Huerter — are smart defenders, but neither holds up enough in on-ball defense to really be out there together in late-game situations. In that vein, I actually think it’s really important for the Hawks to find a secondary ballhandler or playmaker who is also good on defense.
What do you guys think?