Cap Economics- Atlanta Hawks Edition

The Atlanta Hawks 2019-2020 season didn’t go the way it was planned during training camp. An early season suspension to John Collins and injuries along the way has prevented the Hawks from making a push for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But it doesn’t hurt that Atlanta has a group of young players and a future superstar in Trae Young.

Now with a mid-season trade for Clint Capella, the Hawks might have all the right pieces going forward. Now let’s look at what the roster will look like going into the off-season.  (All figures are from our good friend Yahoo Sports NBA Writer Keith Smith).

Players Under Contract: (8)

  • Clint Capella- $16,000,000 (Two more guaranteed seasons after 2020-21)
  • DeWayne Dedmon- $13,333,334 (2021-2022 contract is not guaranteed)
  • De’Andre Hunter- $7,422,000 (Two more team options seasons and a qualifying/restricted offer in 2023-2024)
  • Trae Young- $6,571,800 (one team option and one qualifying/restricted offer in the 2022-23 season)
  • Cam Reddish- $4,458,000 (Two more team options seasons and a qualifying/restricted offer in 2023-2024)
  • John Collins- $4,137,302 (2021-2022 is a qualifying/restricted offer season)
  • Kevin Huerter- $2,761,920 (one team option and one qualifying/restricted offer in the 2022-23 season)
  • Bruno Fernando- $1,517,981 (one guaranteed season and one qualifying/restricted offer in 2021-22 season)

Trading for Capella takes Atlanta out of the market for a player like Andre Drummond in the free agent market. Atlanta has him for the next three full seasons at a price tag that is at a good value compared to how centers are paid now and how they would be paid in the future. With Young, Huerter, Reddish and Hunter locked in for at least the next two-plus seasons, Atlanta doesn’t have much to worry about on most of the main pieces.

But Collins is the major question entering the summer. He’s playing on his final season of his rookie contract and could be expecting a contract extension before training camp. The major question for the Hawks and their front office is how much is he worth going forward? John is averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game this season and could be expecting a max contract from Atlanta. If he doesn’t get that or something similar, he could test the free agency market in 2021 where he could get it from a number of teams that have space to offer him that type of contract.

Players with Options: (0)

Atlanta doesn’t have to worry about a player with a option until the summer of 2021. During that summer, Atlanta has 4 players (Young, Reddish, Hunter and Huerter) with team options and all of them should be picked up.

Players with Non-Guaranteed Contracts: (0)

The Hawks have pretty much taken care of players who could have had those type of deals by extending them earlier in the season. (Bruno Fernando)

Players with Qualifying Offers: (3)

  • DeAndre’ Bembry- $3,752,337
  • Skal Labissiere- $3,484,882
  • Damian Jones- $3,457,586

The three players on this list are all interesting cases. Labissiere hasn’t played one minute for Atlanta but General Manager Travis Schlenk has been high on him since Shai was playing at Kentucky. But a number of injuries and lack of consistent playing time has allowed him to be big question mark going forward. The Hawks could use their second-round pick on a player who could replace him or Jones.

Speaking of Jones, with the team giving more time to Fernando his spot is also in danger as well. Even though he has been playing games of late, if Capella and Dedmon were healthy, Jones wouldn’t be in the rotation.

Bembry hasn’t played since the end of December and was apart of the rotation before his injury. Now with Reddish getting better each game and team having Huerter and Hunter going forward, paying Bembry almost $3.8 million next season might not be the right decision. If Atlanta takes a guard in June’s draft, Bembry’s option more than likely won’t get picked up.

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