The Atlanta Hawks have traded reserve point guard Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz for a second round draft pick. I’m not sure why Atlanta would make this deal at this point in time.
Second round NBA picks are worth as much as a senior discount at a high school.
Mack has not been used much this season, appearing in only 24 games, while averaging 7.5 minutes in those appearances. But he has played very well in prior seasons when called upon.
Mack provides valuable depth in case of an injury. He knows the Hawks system and would be ready to go if needed. Atlanta has no other player on the roster who could step in at point guard and be the back-up.
Could Mack have been a malcontent? A guy who has been voicing his desire to either play more or be traded? There hasn’t been any hint of that although it is a possibility.
The Hawks standing pat at the NBA trade deadline without a major deal makes you wonder if Mike Budenholzer is qualified to be handling player personnel moves. His off-season trades were poor and this Mack deal doesn’t accomplish much of anything.
Could the Hawks have just opened up a slot for another trade?