Vit Krejci

The Atlanta Hawks found themselves staring down a situation where they’d enter the 2022-2023 NBA season around $1.7 million over the luxury tax threshold. However, the situation is officially null now that they’ve completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Hawks have traded Moe Harkless and a second-round pick to the Thunder for Vit Krejci.

Because Krejci is on an NBA minimum salary that is not guaranteed, swapping Harkless’s $4,564,980 salary means that the Hawks are under the luxury tax.

The Czech player was the 37th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft but hasn’t quite developed as hoped, finding himself on the outside looking in when it came to playing time this season in OKC. The trade gives him a chance for a fresh start and to potentially earn a better contract. The 22-year-old point guard played in 30 games last year, averaging 6.2 points, 1.9 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game.

Harkless, meanwhile, is a 12-year veteran who was packaged as part of a trade to the Hawks back in July after two seasons with the Sacramento Kings. While his best days are certainly behind him, there’s a chance he could find a role on the Thunder roster. He might also get bought out as the draft pick was their real value in the trade.

However it all shakes out, the NBA world had some strong reactions to the trade and the way it impacts Atlanta’s salary situation.

[Shams Charania]

 

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.