The Houston Rockets need outside scoring at the power forward spot. Atlanta Hawks stretch four Mike Scott is the kind of player who would fit well in Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun offense.
The Hawks currently have 16 players under guaranteed contracts. A trade is on the horizon for the Philips Arena squad. That’s because only 15 players are allowed per team at the start of the regular season.
Nile Goodwyn of Soaring Down South proposed a three-player swap that would address the Hawks’ roster problem. In the potential trade, the Rockets will receive Mike Scott and Tim Hardaway Jr. while the Hawks will get Corey Brewer and a 2019 first-round draft pick.
Scott and Hardaway have proven to be valuable role players for the Hawks. However, they aren’t viewed as long-term signings.
Both players will hit free agency in the summer of 2017. They are expected to receive lucrative offers from other teams, offers the Hawks may not want to match.
It would be wise for the team to trade Scott and Hardaway now than risk losing them for nothing when they come off the books next year. This upcoming season, Scott is set to be paid $3.3 million while Hardaway will earn $2.3 million, as per Basketball Reference.
“The Rockets get one step closer to a true Seven Seconds or Less offense. Scott would continue playing the same role he did in Atlanta, giving the bench a deadly scoring option behind Ryan Anderson,” Goodwyn pointed out. “A bench trio consisting of Scott, Hardaway Jr., and Eric Gordon would keep assistant coaches up at night, if used correctly.”
Scott is a four-year veteran who excels as spot-up shooter and rebounder. Last season, he averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in just 16 minutes of play. He shot 62.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, ESPN reported.
As for Hardaway, he is a second-generation NBA player eager to step out of his father’s shadow. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard is a career 41.2 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line.