Another intriguing idea is to trade for Hunter while lessening the protections on our 2024 1st since we lottery protected it in the Huerter trade.
Loosening of the protections for 2024 1st
Barnes gives the Hawks a great starting 5 to stay competitive/relevant this year (Young-Murray-Barnes-Collins-Capela) while having a solid bench in Bogdanovic, Griffin, Johnson, and Okongwu. Long term, they don’t have to worry about giving Hunter a big pay raise with all of the money they have tied up already while getting a lightly protected 1st round pick.
Kings get an upgrade defensively at SF who can still space the floor and fits the age timeline of the core (he’s 24). Also, the loosening of the protection might make it easier to trade future 1sts in follow up deals since it should convey sooner.
The obvious red flag is Hunter’s ability to stay healthy and stay on the floor, but his skill set and age would be a great fit on paper next to our core.