Trae Young Could Demand Trade If Hawks Don’t Lift

NBA executives believe Trae Young could request a trade if the Atlanta Hawks can’t make some noise in the playoffs, according to a report from Chris Haynes.

The Hawks have slumped to a 16-16 record, after winning just one playoff game last year.

It’s been a far-cry from the team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals two years ago.

A trade would be Young’s only way out any time soon as he is under contract until the end of the 2026-27 season, although he does have an early termination option after the 2025-26 season.

As Haynes points out, outgoing Hawks president Travis Schlenk—who drafted Young—has been reassigned to an adviser role, with Landry Fields now running the front office.

The report goes on to say Fields and Young do also have a great relationship.

John Collins has already been made available for trade, the tough question the Hawks may soon face however, is whether they will honour a trade demand from Young if he makes one.