Obviously the coach will need to talk to Deleon about his role to distribute the ball more.
Not speaking from any inside knowledge, but just watching the games and some Deleon tweets in the pre-season, I'd say that the coach has already done that.
Hawks have (well, had) five guys hitting the three at 35%+. Coenraad is at 33%. Deleon has attempted 64 threes, at 22% or so. He is 8th in the team for FG% but has attempted the most shots. He could average 5-6 APG if he better picked when to take it to the rack and when to defer to the guys on the perimeter.
Rhys was also second in team scoring.
In two injuries, they've lost 20+ PPG and the two smart/team guards in the side. I don't think Massingale and random-available-local will cover for them outside of best case scenario for both.
Deleon could lift to 17 PPG but with fewer quality options to draw defenders, what are the chances it's at a high percentage?
Sounds like I'm hating on him, but I was keen for them to sign Deleon after last year with the Blaze and I think he's a very capable foil for the rest of the (structured) team; has a superb handle, good FT%, doesn't give up, etc. Take out two key players from the Hawks' structure though and it's a bit worrying. That 'foil' element becomes a bigger and riskier part.
I think Lindsay Tait's game has a few similarities to Deleon's actually. As I've said, I'd forget the reliance on a second-tier local PG, use Rhys' money for an import PG, and then get whatever SG is available. If Massingale was naturalised, that'd be great, but doesn't seem as though he is.