25 years ago: The Hawks trade Dominique Wilkins Previous Gallery 1 / 21 It's been nearly 25 years since the Hawks traded franchise great Dominique Wilkins to the Clippers. But Wilkins would later return to the franchise in a different capacity and is still beloved by fans and members of the franchise to this day. (AJC file photo/Curtis Compton) 2 / 21 Wilkins would eventually return to Atlanta and has become the face of the franchise - and his career ended nearly 20 years ago. (AJC file photo/Curtis Compton) 3 / 21 On February 24, 1994, the Hawks traded franchise-great Dominique Wilkins and a first-round draft pick to the L.A. Clippers for Danny Manning. (AJC file photo) 4 / 21 Jonathan Daniel Danny Manning played just 26 games for the Hawks. He averaged 15.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. 5 / 21 W.A. Bridges Dominique Wilkins reflects just before being traded to the Clippers. Wilkins finished the season with L.A., playing 25 games and averaging 29.1 points and 7.0 rebounds. 6 / 21 LOUIE FAVORITE The Hawks were 36-16 and tied for the Central Division lead when the trade was made. They eventually won 57 games that season. 7 / 21 Nick Arroyo Wilkins was averaging 24.4 points per game before the trade, Manning was scoring 23.7 points a game. 8 / 21 Jonathan Newton Manning was seven years younger than the 34-year-old Wilkins. Both Wilkins and Manning became unrestricted free agents after the season. 9 / 21 Rick Stewart Wilkins was sixth in the NBA in scoring at the time of the trade. Manning was seventh. 10 / 21 Renee Hannans Wilkins was the Hawks’ leading scorer when the deal was made at the trade deadline. 11 / 21 Rich Addicks Dominique Wilkins lays up a shot for two of his 43 points in a game against the Indiana Pacers. 12 / 21 Getty Images Danny Manning led Kansas to the NCAA title in 1988 but was hampered by injuries as a pro. 13 / 21 Jonathan Daniel After his short stay in Atlanta, Manning signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent. 14 / 21 Jonathan Daniel Wilkins signed with the Celtics as a free agent in the offseason after his brief tenure with the Clippers. 15 / 21 PHILIP MCCOLLUM Boston's Dominique Wilkins chats with the Hawks' Mookie Blaylock on the court. 16 / 21 Jed Jacobsohn Dominique Wilkins looked out of place wearing other uniforms, like the Clippers, Celtics, Spurs and Magic. 17 / 21 BRANT SANDERLIN Dominique Wilkins remained a beloved figure in Atlanta and had has jersey raised to the rafters of Philips Arena at the end of his playing career. (AJC file photo) 18 / 21 STEPHAN SAVOIA Wilkins was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He averaged above 20 points per game for 11 consecutive seasons with the Hawks. 19 / 21 The Atlanta Hawks unveiled a large statue of Dominique Wilkins in 2015 at Philips Arena. Measuring 13½ feet in height, the granite statue was unveiled at a private luncheon and ceremony on the arena floor. (AJC file photo) 20 / 21 Dominique Wilkins speaks after the unveiling of his statue in 2015. (AJC file photo) 21 / 21 The hardwood is covered with a digital tribute to Hawks all-time leading scorer Dominique Wilkins on "Dominique Wilkins Night" in March of 2015. (AJC file photo/Curtis Compton) Related Photos: State Farm Arena open house party Atlanta Hawks basketball court dedicated at Bill Badgett Stadium Sign up for e-newsletters Want more news? Sign up for free e-newsletters to get more of AJC delivered to your inbox.