“I think the beauty of it is competition,” Pierce said. “For the most part, we are all kind of on the same timeline now. What you get is you get healthy competition. You try to find cohesion. Can you play Cam and Trae (Young) together? And Cam and Kevin Huerter? How do you utilize the skill set without limiting a player’s ability?”
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The Hawks added De’Andre Hunter, Reddish and Bruno Fernando through in this year’s draft. They had three first-round picks in Young, Huerter and Omari Spellman last season. Young and Huerter turned into starters, joining John Collins who is about to enter his third season. They make up three-fifths of last seasons lineup. Center and small forward are current open positions.
Reddish acknowledge the young roster he is about to join.
“I feel like it’s a perfect fit,” Reddish said. “Young core. Super talented.”
The Hawks took their lumps last season as they deferred their young players more and more as the season progressed. They finished with a 29-53 record but earned valuable playing time for Young and Huerter. They plan to get Hunter and Reddish on the court next season, in part the reason for the Bazemore deal.
The direction of the rotation will be determined on the practice court, Pierce said.
“The competition aspect of it — Kevin gets Cam every day. Cam has to guard Kevin every day,” Pierce said. “I can’t ask for a better situation. Some of these guys want to play with the basketball in their hands. Well, they have to do it against DeAndre. I feel good because it’s a healthy young core of guys that will get to compete and push each other. It’s our job as a staff to create a competitive environment.”