Hawks swoop free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic is a big deal, but the team still has work to do


The Hawks added restrictive free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic to their ranks for a four-year deal, $ 72 million Tuesday after the Kings decided not to accept his offer.

Bogdanovic joins Danilo Gallinari and Rajon Rondo as high-profile assistants in Atlanta entering the 2020-21 season. With Trae Young set to begin his third NBA campaign, the team will soon turn from rebuild mode to contest mode and will be widely expected to make the playoffs.

But the Falcons should not take Bogdanovic’s signature as an invitation to feel satisfied if they want to reach their full potential. They carry an in-depth list of licensees who may be able to cut back on more useful assets in the long run, and it will be important for them to do their due diligence on the commercial market by the end of next season, when ua pressure to win will grow exponentially.

Atlanta has the benefit of emerging as a threat at the same time many Eastern Conference rivals appeared at the beginning of painful decisions. The 76ers, Pacers, Bucks and Raptors face unique list-building challenges that the Falcons still don’t have to manage. Financial flexibility and happy star players are among the advantages of being a growing team instead of a struggle to avoid stagnation.

Below is an in-depth breakdown of what Bogdanovic’s signing means to the Hawks and where things can go from there.

Why is Bogdan Bogdanovic’s move to the Falcons so important?

Bogdanovic, 28, gives a Hawks team a come and go marker set in the first moment of his basketball career. While the team relied on inconsistent results from perimeter options still in development De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter last year, it now has someone who can be counted on to get at least 15 points most nights. . That provides a win-now value allowing Hunter, Reddish and Huerter to grow out of the spotlight.

Bogdanovic has a 37.4 percent career shooting outside that throws from beyond the arc at great volume. The trio he forms with Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari is a floor nirvana.

How can Atlanta’s 2020-21 start lineup be?

The Falcons have several options for their starting lineup that play at different strengths, so a decision for the first game probably won’t be made until much closer to the start of the season.

That said, one could imagine that they are eager to build a fun, explosive scoring unit around Trae Young. A maximum recovery lineup can look like this:

PG: Bring it young
SG: Kevin Huerter
SF: Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF: Danilo Gallinari
C: Clint Chapel

Huerter could be replaced by several players in those starting five. A more defensive approach could slot De’Andre Hunter over the wing alongside Bogdanovic. A physical approach that seeks to exploit the poor opponents they represent could push Gallinari up to the small forward and put tenacious John-boardter Getter to power forward. With a strong start to the year, Cam Reddish could also earn a place in the chain.

However, expect to see a wide range of groupings at the start of the season when coach Lloyd Pierce realizes he works best together. For players outside of Young, Bogdanovic and Gallinari, crunch time minutes can fluctuate dramatically during the first two months.

What are the persistent problems for the Falcons?

This is a really good list with a pretty high breath as it currently stands. Yet, it feels like an unfinished product because of redundancies among rotation players.

Take Clint Capela and John Collins, for example. They’re both incredibly active rebounders who will be powerful screen and roll threats with Trae Young, and many teams around the NBA would love to have one. But while Collins, 23, has developed an outside shot to match his athleticism (40.1 percent from the depth of this past season), he’s not necessarily the type of agile ball handler destined to be ventilated in the perimeter each possession. Because Chapel is exclusively anchored at the bottom, there could be gaps if Collins couples with him.

Of course, Collins could provide the kind of power bank that Montrezl Harrell has given the Clippers over the past two years if the Falcons want to split him from Capela in his rotation. It is uncertain, however, whether such a move would trump trading one of the great men for a more versatile external threat or project compensation.

Atlanta also has a bunch of young wingers who could finally choose to deal next summer depending on how those players progress in 2020-21. Like De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter jockeys for minutes, it’s possible a swing by one of them will make the others less essential. The Chapel / Collins dilemma is more urgent, but the development of the wing situation is worth looking into as well.

Why do the Kings avoid signing Bogdan Bogdanovic again?

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings wanted to maintain financial flexibility and felt that $ 72 million was too much of an obstacle.

Sacramento recently expanded to De’Aaron Fox and will tour with Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley as cores to move forward.

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