NBA Trade Rumors: Atlanta Hawks eyeing Marcus Smart, C.J. McCollum

Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Trade Rumors: According to a recent report, the Atlanta Hawks are keeping an eye on Marcus Smart, C.J. McCollum ahead of the trade deadline.

Winners of eight of their last 11 games, the Atlanta Hawks have begun to play much better as of late. However, with just a couple of months in the regular season remaining, there is still much ground for the Hawks to make up in the Eastern Conference standings.

The NBA Trade Deadline offers teams like the Hawks an opportunity to add to their team ahead of the stretch run. And that’s exactly what the Hawks will be hoping to do.

According to a recent report, two names that are on the Hawks’ radar ahead of the trade deadline are C.J. McCollum and Marcus Smart.

McCollum and Smart are two players that could absolutely help a team such as the Hawks, but should they land that level of talent, it’s likely going to be costly. And, quite frankly, it remains to be seen if the Hawks would be willing to make such deals.

Unless, of course, John Collins would be part of bigger deals. Sending Collins to the Portland Trail Blazers would make some sense as the team tries to reshape the roster around Damian Lillard but I’m not sure it would make much sense for the Boston Celtics.

However, a trio of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Collins would be extremely interesting on paper. I’m not sure if they’d be willing to trade arguably their most versatile defender for a scoring big whose one big weakness is his lack of defensive prowess.

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With just a couple of days remaining before the deadline, there is plenty of smoke that suggests there could be some serious movement this week. This could end up being one of the most memorable NBA Trade Deadlines in recent history.