ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have added to their impressive young core by selecting wingman De’Andre Hunter from national champion Virginia with the No. 4 pick of the NBA draft.
The selection was technically made by the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Anthony Davis trade, but Hunter will wind up with the Hawks after the team completed a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans just before the start of Thursday’s draft.
The Hawks got the fourth choice from the Pelicans in exchange for the No. 8, No. 17 and No. 35 picks, along with a protected first-round pick from Cleveland in 2020 that belonged to Atlanta. The trade was confirmed by a person familiar with the deal but can’t be finalized until the NBA’s new year begins on July 6.
Atlanta targeted Hunter as the seemingly perfect fit on a team that already has rising stars Trae Young and John Collins.