The Atlanta Hawks selected Luka Doncic third overall in the NBA Draft. But, as expected, it was announced that he’ll be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young, who will be sent to Atlanta.
Atlanta and Dallas have agreed to a deal, league sources tell ESPN. They'll trade Nos. 3 and 5 picks, sending Luka Doncic to Dallas and Trae Young to Atlanta, sources said. Dallas will send Atlanta a future first.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2018
Twitter was unfriendly to the Hawks for the trade, ripping Atlanta for dealing Doncic away.
You ruined my life
— #VIRG Phantuums (@Phantuums) June 21, 2018
And this is why being a Hawks fan sucks so much. Taking Trae Young at five is so dumb.
— Wayne McGahee III (@WayneMcGaheeIII) June 21, 2018
This almost certainly means that Luka Doncic will be a Hall of Famer with Dallas, knowing the Hawks’ luck.
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 21, 2018
Well I’m no longer a Hawks fan until this GM is gone! Doncic was the pick you idiot! Trae Young is not Steph Curry like you think he is!
— Ryan Whittington (@rgwhitting10) June 21, 2018
The Hawks just screwed up….
Trae Young for Luka Doncic is going to be one of the ten worst trades in NBA History.
— McCade Pearson (@McCadeP8) June 21, 2018
I get that Trae Young can put the ball in the basket. But if he can't defend any position adequately shouldn't that keep you from being drafted in the top 5? #NBA
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) June 21, 2018
The Hawks are sooo going to regret trading rights to Doncic for overrated Trae Young 🤣 the future 1st rounder might also be top 5 though#NBADraft
— So Wha? (@ryyansowa) June 21, 2018
Some fans agreed with science, believing Doncic to be the best player in the draft.
Atlanta sports are cursed. https://t.co/VBjBwLuJpn
— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) June 21, 2018
Dallas got the best player in the draft. Plain and simple.
— Jake Nazar 🇮🇷 (@ATVS_JakeNazar) June 21, 2018
Draft day trades frequently don’t end up as anticipated. Young might end up being a better player than Doncic. We’re not going to know for a while.
But on this night, Atlanta’s decision was not well received.