I know Hawks fan already know this but I didn't realize; the Hawks only have 5 guys under contract for next season.
Horford, Williams, Stevenson, Jenkins, and Scott are all owed money next year.. Teague will be a RFA so he will be back and Ivan Johnson has a team option for next season. They have tons of options going forward.
The popular belief is that the team will try to Sign-n-Trade Smith. They could get some quality players back for him depending on who likes him.. Teams that have shown interest include the Bucks, Nets, Celtics, Mavs, Lakers, and Clippers.. So someone wants him but the question becomes, can the Hawks get back something that makes it worth while or do they chase FAs?
IMO, they need a C so that Horford doesn't have to carry such a load in the paint. I doubt they will get a legit C form any of those teams because Lopez isn't getting traded, Garnett isn't enough, Mavs don't have one, Dwight is probably walking, and if the Clippers move Jordan, they don't have a C. They could move him for a good SF or SG but do those teams have that to offer??
Regardless, there are lots of options.. Here is the one I think they should take:
In all reality, the Hawks wont get CP3 which means they aren't getting Dwight. They need to let Smith walk, resign Teague, and chase lower level FAs to build a complete team. I think they should target a SG, a SF, and another big, doenst have to be a C.
OJ Mayo - Could get at a decent price. Close to 7 mill a year would most likely get him on your team. Sort of a 1 dimensional player. He just looks to score. When surrounded by players that can score and will pass, he could be great.
Tyreke Evans - Would probably carry the same price tag as Mayo but is more flexible. Can play PG/SG/SF and can usually score well from all spots. Not the shooter Mayo is though. He will probably look for a shorter contract to prove he can still play.
Kevin Martin - Scorer and shooter that will be looking to compete for a championship. Would have to do something to pry him from the better teams around.
Mayo is most likely to be okay with a long contract.
Andre Iguodala - He would have to opt out of his last year but seeing George Karl leave is going to push him to do that. Iggy is a must for this team because he is good at everything on offense and a superb defender. He would probably command close to 12 million dollars a year for 3 years but he pushes this team into the playoffs.
Dorell Wright - He wont be looking for a lot of money but he brings a lot to a team.. He is very long, a respectable defender, and a great shooter. While he struggled to find time for he 76ers last year, he hasn't lost his game.. This guy is still fairly young and can still play.
Martell Webster - Like Wright, he wont be looking for a lot of money but he still has a lot of game left. When he is on, he can score on anyone. Decent size and a nice stroke.
If they cant get Iggy, there aren't many options.
Al Jefferson - He is getting older but his game is getting better all the time.. He is a super versatile scorer that can play either post spot. Only thing is, he will probably be looking for a nice chunk of money for the next 3 years. He doesn't have great height but he always seems okay playing C.. Having him on the floor with Horford would make guarding the duo a challenge for any team.
Andray Blatche - His past will make him a questionable player but he showed that with a steady, solid team, he can be a steady, solid player.. He is a mismatch offensively because of his height and skill set but he is average at best on the defensive end. I cant see his price tag being too high simply because of that questionable past.
Samuel Dalembert - He is older and slower but he is still a good defender and serviceable player. He could provide some shot blocking/altering while rebounding and letting Horford play PF. Also, this would likely be his last contract so it wouldn't cost much to snag him.
Okafor as an ETO and if he opts, he should be a top priority.
Gorgui Dieng - A big defender with a growing offense. He could provide some intimidation in the paint from the first day because of his big, strong body.
Tony Snell - A long shooter that can play both SG and SF is a player that every team in the NBA could use.
Best case, in my mind, for the Hawks next year.
PG - Teague
SG - Mayo
SF - Iggy
PF - Jefferson
C - Horford
6th - Williams
7th - Zaza (resign)
8th - Snell
9th - Jenkins
10th - Stevenson
11th - Dieng
12th - Scott
I would enjoy seeing what would happen in the east if the Hawks have a big offseason and are ready to compete for the 4th-6th seed next season.
In your mind, should the Hawks S&T Smith or try it without him??
Yeah Im very interested to see how they use all that cap space this summer. Same with my Pistons, got a big bankroll to play with come July 1st
I could see them signing Iggy and Tyreke..Smith will walk. Replace him with Iggy who is also an athletic player. But let's be honest they will still be a 1st or 2nd round playoff team so it doesn't matter.
So moves only matter of they make you a championship team??
I'd rather be a 1st or 2nd rounder every year than be out of the playoffs every year, that's for sure. I say this as a Raptors fan. Take nothing for granted. Making the playoffs matters.
With the new collective bargaining agreement, guys who want the max won't be moving anymore. And most won't actually get the max. Teams will have one huge salary ( the DRose rule) and try to plug holes with minimum salaries and draft picks. Three max salaries and 9-12 minimums puts you over the cap.
after reading what you said about big al, i have to believe you havent seen him play... you seriously called him a super versatile scorer? he has a jumper from the elbow and a post game. you say he doesnt have great height but coming out of HIGH SCHOOL (17 yrs old) he was 6'10 with a 7'3 wingspan weighing 270. he surely must have grown since then, and that seems like incredible size and length to me.
He can shoot out to 17 feet and he has one of the most advanced post games in the NBA for his position... Only guys that I would say are above him would be Randolph and Gasol..
Also, did you not see him playing with Kevin Love, who measured 6'7 without shoes at the combine?? They were the same height.. In a league where centers are considered small if they are under 6'11, then yeah, he doesn't have great height.. Great height for your position is being taller than others.. He does not have great height... He doesn't weigh 270 anymore either.. He dropped a lot of that weight his last season with the Wolves. But, height and weight are different..
having an impeccable post game doesnt mean super versatile.. and please, how often does big al score outside of the post?
heres his career high in points vs the wolves..
maybe ONE shot where its not a post move or a jumper from the elbow.. exactly as i said.
when i think versatile scorer i think a player that can post you up, drain the three, and other things. again i dont mean to knock big al, he's been one of my favorite players since he's been in the league. but the original post about him is just wrong.
In that video he scored like this:
Back to the basket - Drop Step
Pick-n-Roll - Dunk
Transition - Lay up - And1
Transition - Jumper from Elbow
Attack off the dribble - Lay up
Pick-n-Roll - Dunk
Post Move Lay up - And1
Offensive Rebound - Lay up
Offensive Rebound - Lay up
Back to the Basket - Fade Away Jumper
Face up Jumper - Short Corner
Face up Jumper - Elbow
Face up Jumper - 45 degree angle
Attack off the Dribble - Floater
Back to the Basket - Baby Hook
Attack off the Dribble - Jumper
The only thing he didn't do was make a 3.... WTF more do you want in a scorer???
Being in Atlanta and watching the Hawks, the city is not "thrilled" with going to the PO's every year we want a championship! We prob has the worst home crowd in the league because the visiting team (except the bobcats and bucks) has more fans in the crowd then we do.
Hawks fans are the worst, I kinda feel embarrassed when I go to a Hawks game, the area is so dead with hardly any energy.
Anyways, Atlanta should be (and I expect them to) be wise with their money. Don't just spend your money because you have money like Detroit did with Gordon and Villinueva. Mayo seems like a good player to sign, he can get 20 ppg, will come at a fair price, and is still young, only 25 so he shouldn't decline at the end of his contract due to age like you see with every player.But, a lot of teams are going to be after Mayo, so it might cost a little more to bring him in. I wouldn't go with Iguadla. Even though he's a great player, he's going to 30 in 2014, he will cost a lot of money, and I don't think he worth it.
At worst, they don't blow their money, and try to rebuild through the draft, like a OKC.