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2013 Atlanta Hawks

Team Needs, Free Agents, Season Preview

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Atlanta Hawks (Last Year: 44-38)

2012-13 Season Summary:
All things considered, the Atlanta Hawks overachieved this past season. With the new faces on the roster and the dealing of Joe Johnson, the team managed to finish with the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference and made the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. When it was all said and done through, the Hawks simply lacked the talent or depth to result in anything more than a first-round exit from the postseason.

Al Horford and Josh Smith shared the responsibilities of replacing Johnson as the team's go-to options. With more weight on his shoulders, Jeff Teague took a step forward in his development as a floor leader and produced his best NBA season. Newly acquired players like Kyle Korver and Devin Harris played their roles well, as did Lou Williams prior to suffering a season-ending torn ACL midway through the year.

Outside of that core, Atlanta lacked the depth to be a legitimate threat. The team mixed in a combination of young players and journeymen veterans as temporary stop-gaps knowing that an offseason of transition was on the horizon. Despite getting the most of this group of players, the Hawks chose to part ways with head coach Larry Drew and already named Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as his replacement.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Al Horford

PF: *Ivan Johnson/^Mike Scott

SF: ^DeShawn Stevenson

SG: Lou Williams/John Jenkins

PG: *Jeff Teague

NBA Free Agents:

F-Josh Smith (UFA)

PG-Devin Harris (UFA)

G/F-Kyle Korver (UFA)

C-Zaza Pachulia (UFA)

C-Johan Petro (UFA)

SG-Dahntay Jones (UFA)

PF-Anthony Tolliver (UFA)

PG-Shelvin Mack (UFA)

*PG-Jeff Teague (RFA)

*PF-Ivan Johnson (RFA)

^G/F-DeShawn Stevenson (TO)

^PF-Mike Scott (TO)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $18.5 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Land a Star: With a ton of cap space, Atlanta has plenty of flexibility to be very aggressive during the offseason. Landing Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul is obviously the dream scenario, but the Hawks need to realistic about the chances of that happening. Maybe Howard can be convinced to return home and join his former AAU teammate Josh Smith in Atlanta, though that seems like a longshot. Who knows if Smith will even want to re-up with the Hawks? Still, it's worth a shot to empty their buckets in trying to land a pair of big-name free agents.

2. Have a Plan B: If Smith moves on while Paul and Howard sign elsewhere, Atlanta should have a more attainable backup plan. Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Andre Iguodala, and others should be on the radar, but only if the price is right. If the Hawks have to overpay to land a couple of the better free agents, the team might be better off going the patient route and building from scratch as opposed to killing its cap space for years to come.

3. Re-sign Teague?: Jeff Teague is coming into his own, yet is still nowhere near an elite NBA point guard. He is a restricted free agent and due a long-term extension, but how much will the Hawks be willing to pay him and will they let him walk if another team foolishly signs him to a monster offer sheet? I wouldn't feel comfortable giving Teague anything more seven million dollars per year.

4. Everything Else: With only three players under guaranteed contract for next season, Atlanta literally needs help at every position. With a pair of first round picks in the NBA Draft and plenty of cap space, the team will find pieces, but will they be the right pieces to fit whatever the Hawks' new identity will be next season under their first-year head coach?

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Pelicans fan 06-24-2013 12:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hasley I think this will be a dual sign and trade scenario because Horford is a better teammate for Amare and therefor Smoov will be traded to the Knicks(plus if the Amare knees are problems there's this invention called the amnesty clause).also Amare could be a #1 offensive option with Horford as his "Robin."also Felton I think would fit well with the hawks and plus if Korver and Steve Novak are on the same team the lane would be as wide open as a hole in the ground.i don't think Horford would be an option in that trade anymore.
Halsey 06-19-2013 02:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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That would be a terrible trade for the Hawks, Pelicans Fan...

Horford has way more value than those Knicks players.
Pelicans fan 05-30-2013 09:22 am (total posts: 1)
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If the hawks want to stay good here's a trade to execute:
J.Smith(or)A.Horford & K.Korver
A.Stoudemire & R.Felton

Essentially it would probably be J Smoove who'd be traded.This would benefit both teams.Stoudmire would get out of his horrid situation and J Smoove is a better fit for the Carmelo Knicks than Stoudemire is because he is a better defender than Stod(but Stod has a no doubt better J-Shot).also Felton can come off of this PG by committee bench and Korver improves 3 point shooting for a team that lives and dies by the 3.then again I'm a pelicans fan what do I know?
l 11-19-2012 06:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Grant 07-13-2012 03:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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hawks have had a great start by trading Johnson and Marvin and signing Louis Williams now lets get cp3
Grant 06-29-2012 03:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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The hawks made a great pick in John Jenkins and in free agency they need to get Roy Hibbert and resign Tracy McGrady and Ivan Johnson at least. Then trade josh smith to a team like the bobcats or cavaliers for picks in next years draft
riley 06-28-2012 06:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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i live in Michigan but ATL is my favorite team. they are lacking at the SF position in which they should take Jae crowder out of Marquette. born and raised in Georgia, he is very versitle and a hardworker. hes only 6'6 but his work ethic helps that out. Marvin williams i believe, is not washed down but no the right fit for ATL. they need Crowder to help out on their fast paced offense.
Ludacris 06-28-2011 06:05 pm (total posts: 1)
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I live in ATL all my life. I've never seen our 3 and 4 so horrible. BOTH Marvin Williams & Josh Smith can't drive or shoot. Garbage players who score off teammates missed shots. Horford has a nice 12 ft shot. Joe Johnson is our best all around player from inside/ out. Teague has a drive but no shot. Hinrich can shoot but not drive. Talk around town says JOSH SMITH gets traded. WE need a second option on offense. I will even settle for Lamar Odom or Ron Artest.
Walter 06-21-2011 04:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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