All the right moves

The Hawks will have Mike Woodson back for the start of another season in the fall.

The Hawks will have Mike Woodson back to start another season in the fall.

HAWKSVILLE - Hawks coach Mike Woodson is not going anywhere.

Hawks general manager Rick Sund made that clear on at least three different occasions Tuesday, on two different sports talk radio shows in the morning and later to me in his office.

Not that it was an issue or anything (laugh track goes here).

Woodson has one year remaining on his contract and Sund, while not confirming or denying any details pertaining to said contract, insisted that the Hawks would indeed “honor Woodson’s contract.”

(Last summer there was a legitimate question about Woodson’s future since his contract had expired. But when a coach signs a two-year deal, wins 47 games, a top four seed, and guides his team to the Eastern Conference semifinals in the first, questions about his job security, no matter what any of us here think of his performance, don’t register with the folks in charge of hiring and firing).  

Read into that what you will. But it should be noted that several times throughout the nearly 60 minutes we spent talking, Sund praised Woodson and his staff numerous times for the job they did this season.

Sund’s making all the right moves leading up to the July 1 free agent frenzy. He hasn’t closed the door on anything (more below) and hasn’t thrown anyone or anything under the bus heading into the draft and what looks like it might be yet another long summer for the Hawks.

Those of you interested in continuing the debate about Woodson’s future are welcome to do so, but anyone else interested in moving off that topic and onto a few others, the rest of this blog is for you:

AFTER ALL, IT IS DRAFT LOTTERY NIGHT around the rest of the NBA.

And after years of being a major player in the lottery, the Hawks are on the outside looking in for the second straight year (which is a good thing if you’ve also made the playoffs for the second straight year).

 

Blake Griffin knows that all the ping pong balls in the lottery are pointing toward him as the No. 1 pick!

Blake Griffin knows that all the ping pong balls in the lottery are pointing toward him as the No. 1 pick!

The Blake Griffin sweepstakes (win at your own peril) are almost over for those lonely teams like Sacramento, Washington and the Los Angeles Clippers – the three teams with best statistical odds of snagging the top pick in what doesn’t have the makings of anything other than a mediocre (at best) draft.

There’s no doubt Griffin is the big prize. But outside of the Oklahoma superstar power forward (and Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet, Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio and Smyrna native and Arizona star big man Jordan Hill), there’s a consensus that teams will do a whole lot of reaching for impact players in this draft.

“This is basically a two-man draft and Rubio,” a wise Eastern Conference executive told me today. “It’s Griffin and Thabeet and you have to figure out where Rubio fits in there, too.”

So where does that leave a team like the Hawks with the 19th pick (in a draft that is already light on big men and point guards)?

Basically in limbo.

Because if they hold on to their pick and wait and see what shakes out of the lottery and down into their hands, the best they can hope for is the proposition of choosing between the best player available and and someone who strictly fills a need (as opposed to an elite talent at a position that fills a need).

That’s if they hold on to the pick and don’t package it with another asset and move them for something they need more than a rookie swingman (again, you have to figure the best point guards and big men will be gone by 19) or project at another position.

“What they’ve got to do is find a player at 19 that makes the coaching staff play him every night,” that wise Eastern Conference exec told me.

I couldn’t agree more.

The last three players chosen at 19 in the draft: 

Cleveland (and Marietta’s own) J.J. Hickson in 2008, Washington and (Atlanta’s own) Javaris Crittenton in 2007 and Toronto’s Quincy Douby in 2006.

Not one of them started a single game during his rookie season.

So if we go on recent history alone, the chances of the Hawks finding anything more than a rotation player at 19 are pretty slim. And in a weak draft, even that might be a stretch.

THAT’S WHY I CAN’T IMAGINE THE HAWKS ARE BANKING ON THEIR DRAFT PICK MAKING – OR BREAKING – THEIR SUMMER, as has been the case in years past.

You can’t with that sort of empirical data as your guide.

Besides, the Hawks have far more pressing issues in free agency, where they’ll have to deal with what Sund referred to as “moving pieces.”

The Hawks have more of those free agent pieces – Mike Bibby, Zaza Pachulia, Flip Murray, Solomon Jones and Marvin Williams (the only one of the bunch that’s restricted, as is Josh Childress, whose rights the Hawks still retain while he is living and working in Greece) – than any team likes.

 

A big summer for the Hawks could get even bigger if Josh Childress finds his way home from Greece!

A big summer for the Hawks could get even bigger if Josh Childress finds his way home from Greece! The Hawks still hold his rights while he's living and working overseas.

Tough choices will have to be made. And anyone not invested for the long run (don’t expect this process to be resolved quickly) is probably in for a tough summer.

I don’t suspect that Sund will be rushed into any deals. What with the tightening of belts all around the league, teams won’t be so quick to spend as freely as they have been in the past.

The free agent marketplace is sure to be constipated, just like all the other markets have been since the global recession began (no, the NBA is not immune).

That might actually work out well for the Hawks, if their quest is to keep the core of this season’s roster together as best they can. And from all indications, that’s exactly what their aim is this summer.

IN TODAY’S FINALE ODE TO THE NBA SUMMER, it seemed only fitting that I pass along yet another pertinent link to a home run story from my main man Steve Aschburner of si.com.

For all the bellyaching folks do about coaches and players (and officials, and beat writers and just about everything else), you at least know when you’ve got a good or a bad one.

But as the elder statesman points out, a good GM is really hard to find.

Here’s a taste:

“Hiring an NBA coach is like hiring a tax accountant: By the middle of April each year, you know exactly where you stand. Hiring an NBA general manager is more like hiring a financial advisor: He takes control of your entire portfolio, makes decisions for some distant horizon and assures you during the bumpy times that the plan is sound, that time and patience are your friends and, by the way, that past performance is no guarantee of future results.

And every once in a while, a franchise ends up flipping its keys to the basketball equivalent of Bernie Madoff.”

Make sure you read the rest!

484 comments Add your comment

terrell barron

May 22nd, 2009
2:33 pm

I meant Dumars has to be sick right now. Damn Sekou, why cant we edit?

terrell barron

May 22nd, 2009
2:38 pm

Yeah, I forgot about Crawford. I read a story on Hoopshype that said he was on his way out in GS. N

terrell barron

May 22nd, 2009
2:40 pm

Nellie said that Crawford wasn’t a fit. I wouldn’t mind getting him. He also said that he was looking to move Randolph.

Big Ray

May 22nd, 2009
2:40 pm

Melvin,

I didn’t say Sund was the ultimate GM. I do think he’s good about holding certain things close to his vest (not saying anything particularly revealing about whether he thinks Woody and this team is a good fit when asked, avoiding his contract stuff altogether). Hammond is new to the gig, no matter how you split hairs about Milwaukee’s finances. Either he’s hiding his true ace card (because they have moves the MUST make, like it or not), or he’s saying too much. That’s my take, and I’m no expert or pundit, so take it with either a grain or barrel of salt, whichever you please.

And if you’ve read anything I’ve said about him in the past, it quantifies the statement I made: we will soon get to see if he’s as clever in moving the pieces as he was in maneuvering through the questions. Either he is, or he isn’t. We’ll see.

Ill-logical,

I woudldn’t put it all on that one idea. I think Woody has yet to receive an extension because it’s better to see if he can maintain a winning environment, record and all, for more than one season. Even then, there’s probably more to it than that. There usually is. I don’t really care to speculate beyond that, as I’m past caring so much about it. What will be, will be.

Astro Joe,

For all your ardent defense and constant rhetoric, perhaps you can explain WHY Woody has not received the extension that he so righteously and justly deserves? What, is Sund not answering your phone calls? Maybe he doensn’t know that you’re Woody’s agent. Blast it all, why don’t people ever get that memo?

Melvin

May 22nd, 2009
3:14 pm

Ray,
At this point, his track record speaks for itself. Thats the best determining factor that I can use to evaluate him and he has not been impressive. The man drafts poorily and I haven’t seen a trade that he made to put his team over the top. I think his best move was drafting Rashard Lewis, if he was the GM at the time. And his next best move was signing FLIP last year so that’s almost a 10 year span since he made solid decisions. Uh, not good by my standards. So if Sund wants to disclose inside info like the Bucks GM or dodge questions like bullets in the Matrix so be it. All I hope/ask is that he does a good job assembling a winning team to play in Philips for next season and beyond….

And for those who say ASG prefers to run things on the cheap, look at this quote from Mark Bradley.

“Sund inherited last summer’s free agents, and it’s no secret he valued Josh Childress less than ownership did. The fractious Atlanta Spirit actually gave the new general manager permission to exceed the salary cap on Childress – you can do that to keep your own free agents – and Sund declined. “

Fred

May 22nd, 2009
3:14 pm

ILL-logical

May 22nd, 2009
3:18 pm

Big Ray

May 22nd, 2009
2:40 pm
Melvin,

I didn’t say Sund was the ultimate GM. I do think he’s good about holding certain things close to his vest (not saying anything particularly revealing about whether he thinks Woody and this team is a good fit when asked, avoiding his contract stuff altogether). Hammond is new to the gig, no matter how you split hairs about Milwaukee’s finances. Either he’s hiding his true ace card (because they have moves the MUST make, like it or not), or he’s saying too much. That’s my take, and I’m no expert or pundit, so take it with either a grain or barrel of salt, whichever you please.

And if you’ve read anything I’ve said about him in the past, it quantifies the statement I made: we will soon get to see if he’s as clever in moving the pieces as he was in maneuvering through the questions. Either he is, or he isn’t. We’ll see.

Ill-logical,

I woudldn’t put it all on that one idea. I think Woody has yet to receive an extension because it’s better to see if he can maintain a winning environment, record and all, for more than one season. Even then, there’s probably more to it than that. There usually is. ”

D’accord. Consider my statements amended accordingly. Thanks.

ILL-logical

May 22nd, 2009
3:23 pm

Ill-logical,

I woudldn’t put it all on that one idea. I think Woody has yet to receive an extension because it’s better to see if he can maintain a winning environment, record and all, for more than one season. Even then, there’s probably more to it than that. There usually is. ”

I agree. Consider my comments amended per your clarifications. Thanks

MJ3

May 22nd, 2009
3:37 pm

Wow, Fred. That was seriously one of the most NOT insightful analyses ever. And do some fact-checking before you talk about minutes stuff. Geez.

niremetal

May 22nd, 2009
3:46 pm

Melvin,

Yeah, ok. Because trading a declining Gary Payton for a Ray Allen who was entering his prime was an awful trade. And drafting Luke Ridnour at the bottom of the lottery and Earl Watson and Willie Green in the 2nd round was just awful. The Sonics, with the core that Sund put together, won 52 games and made it to the West semis during the period when the West was strongest, despite the fact that the Sonics had the lowest payroll in the West at the time. But I guess that doesn’t count for anything, right?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. He has a bad track record when it comes to signing and drafting centers. On all other fronts, he actually has a very solid track record. He’s one of the few GMs who can honestly say that most of his second-round selections eventually became rotation players, and the Payton-for-Shuttlesworth trade was one of the biggest steals of the past 10 years. Considering the serious financial constraints he faced in Seattle – which were WAY worse than the ones he faces under the ASG – I’d say Sund has a pretty damned good track record.

Melvin

May 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

niremetal,

I forgot about the Payton for Ray trade. That was a good trade. Is that the same Ridnour that was rotting away on Seattle bench with the big fat contract when they acquire Watson (who has since been surpass by the rookie Westbrook) who eventually replace him? Now Ridnour has move on to the Bucks where he has again being surpass by Session (a 2nd year player). Yeah, Luke was a real bargin pick. You want to know how good Luke is, review the game he played against the Hawks this season and pay close attention to who’s guarding him. None other than Bibby and how many other PG’s in the league has Bibby drew the defensive assignment against this season????
And no need to talk about the bigs that Sund drafted or sign b/c we agree that he has no eye for talent in the area. I wonder where Calvin Booth at these days….

Big Ray

May 22nd, 2009
5:04 pm

Melvin,

One more time. I said the man knew how to talk his way through an interview. I did not say he was good at his job. We shall see how good he can be, given the circumstances. I am not impressed with a great many things he does (his penchant for underachieving big men is downright scary). But it’s not like he picked them, thinking they would unerachieve. I seem to recall he drafted Collison (good player, couldn’t stay healthy), Swift (athletic/talented, couldn’t stay healthy), and AT LEAST he realized he needed a tougher guy when Luke Ridnour turned out to be a pixie.

Look, I’m not going to defend all the man does, as he has not impressed me with a whole lot. But guess what? The Sonics have been screwy for a while now, and the team owner even moved them, screwing the fans. Maybe Sund has learned, maybe he has different/better resources to work with here, than he did elsewhere. Maybe NOT. I do not know, and the idea of him picking a big for us in the draft STILL gives me the shivers, much like Billy Knight staring at a draft full of swingmen…

All I’m saying is we shall see. Now if you want to get all depressed and gloomy about it ahead of time, by all means do so. I’ll join the bash-happy bandwagon AFTER he screws everything up, not BEFORE. :)

Melvin

May 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

Ray,
Ditto. Like I said earlier “All I hope/ask is that he does a good job assembling a winning team to play in Philips for next season and beyond”. I will support this team regardless of what Sund do…

Big Ray

May 22nd, 2009
5:30 pm

Ill-logical,

I didn’t mean that to sound like an admonishment or anything like that. Far from it. I just think that Sund is wise to hold off on the extension.

I mean, he signed the guy to a 2-year contract. He said he would evaluate everything. And this is not a bash attempt on Woodson, but people just can’t have it both ways. Even if we didn’t have a winning season, some people would say that it’s unfair to fire Woody one year into a two year contract. I agree, unless things were so blatantly wrong that ALL signs pointed towards him. Likewise, I think it’s equally unwise to sign the man to a big fat, lengthy extension unless you are SURE he can win consistently. Again, improving year to year is one thing. Maintaining a winning record is another altogether. Woody does that this next season, he should have it in the bag…

Big Ray

May 22nd, 2009
5:31 pm

Melvin,

I’m with you. Stuck with them through worse…..

Big Ray

May 22nd, 2009
5:39 pm

Still wondering what we’ll do in the draft, and who we are going to replace Acie Law with. Flip is a good insurance policy. Just not at pg..

ILL-logical

May 22nd, 2009
5:50 pm

How about Andrew Bynum at $12.5 million and Jordan Farmar at $ 1.9 million for Joe Johnson at $ 14.9 million. Joe runs the triangle ( see Ron Harper) which the Lakers need badly and the Hawks get a center and a point guard. Marvin plays the 2 and we get bigger,faster and over time better.

niremetal

May 22nd, 2009
6:31 pm

JJ-for-Bynum would make no sense for either team. The Lakers actually need Bynum more than we do, since it leaves the Lakers dreadfully exposed on post defense. And the Hawks need JJ more than the Lakers do because the Hawks don’t have any other players who are a lock to score 22ppg (while the Lakers already have 2).

niremetal

May 22nd, 2009
6:33 pm

If BJ Mullens is on the board, I can’t imagine that Sund passes him up, especially with Solo on the way out the door.

bigdave

May 22nd, 2009
8:48 pm

if i were Dwight Id put Williams on his ass…

Sautee

May 22nd, 2009
9:50 pm

Samuel,

In your bleacher report article you said this:

“The Hawks should look to move Law to more of an up tempo team while he still has trade value. ”

And in a post to O’Brien yesterday, you said this:

“We need to get at least 8 or 9 good players so that we can push the ball more.”

If we need to push the ball more, why do you suggest trading our fastest PG to a “more uptempo team”?

Why wouldn’t we just keep him and play him?

Ariose

May 22nd, 2009
10:41 pm

Solo is better than B.J Mullens. If sund picks that clown when 18teams passed him up, I will be angry. He needs to stay at OSU for a few more years. Gred Oden went to OSU and Thad Matta barely pulled him off the floor. Mullens, on the other hand was VERY immature and lacked focus on defense, and Couldn buy hemself some playing time if he tried. I mean, you dunk the ball and then put your finger to your lips in an attempt to quiet the oposing crowd(The Fighting Illini) WHEN YOU’RE DOWN TEN???? Woody would never let the guy play again if he did that on this team……BTW did I mention he is overhyped and he sucks? Solo would steal his lunch money. Hopefully we can draft Patrick Mills, Ellington, Hansbrough, or budinger…….and Danny Green in the second Round.

bigdave

May 22nd, 2009
11:24 pm

and the “crab dribble” has made its way into the fold…

hahaha… sucka…

MannyT

May 22nd, 2009
11:33 pm

How happy is Hedu’s agent these days?

Does Orlando want to pay luxury tax? If not, I don’t think they can keep Hedu & Gortat.

Good win for Cleveland, but I think Orlando still controls this series.

BWAF

Mike is back

May 22nd, 2009
11:36 pm

LBJ is the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

doc

May 22nd, 2009
11:36 pm

niremetal

May 23rd, 2009
12:46 am

You don’t pass up legit 7 footers with that much upside if they’re there at #19, “clown” or no. Mullens has skills, athleticism, and all the other “tools” a good big man needs. The only question is whether he can marry the skill with effort and awareness to put it together. Jermaine O’ Neal was in a similar boat in ‘96 (he went #17), and he became an All-Star once he was traded from Portland (where he’d been sitting behind Sabonis and ‘Sheed).

Not saying that Mullens is the next O’Neal. Just saying that at that point in the draft, you don’t pass up a legit, talented 7 footer – even if he hasn’t shown the ability to put it together yet at all – unless there’s a clear-cut baller available. And to be blunt, in this draft, there are not likely to be many “ballers” available at #19, and certainly not any at PG or C, which is where we’re weak (I don’t see Flynn/Maynor/Lawson slipping past Philly and Minnesota).

All that being said, I gotta think that Sund will be shopping that pick. He obviously got a read on how Woodson deals with “project” players like Mullens (or Teague), so I bet he’ll be making some phone calls in the next few weeks.

PS – the guy to watch in the late first round is Omri Casspi. Assuming he stays in the draft, he’ll be a steal for a team picking 20-30.

Ariose

May 23rd, 2009
1:23 am

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=12626

Based on the fact that the Hawks have only worked out two players, and thay’re both shooting Guars….and not the ones I predicted….It looks like we will be re-uppping on Bibby/Flip.

But this isthe first day that they’veprobably conducted workouts, considering we just got finished with the playoffs last week, so i’m probably just reading too much into this.

Ariose

May 23rd, 2009
2:36 am

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=12709

Mullens Explaining why he sucked at OSU….

O.K Maybe “Clown” was a little strong hehehehehe. It’s just that with 47 wins, we’re right there….on the cusp. If Sund plays this offseason right, I get to trash talk all the hater like Jon Bary and Charles Barkley next season.

If Mullens isn’t there at 19, would you take Hansbrough?

Najeh Davenpoop

May 23rd, 2009
3:08 am

I’d rather have Hansbrough than Mullens. When you’re a team like the Hawks that has shown it doesn’t have patience for developing young players (see Law, Acie) you have to approach the draft with the mindset that you want a guy who can help you immediately, as opposed to a guy who may be able to help you a couple of years down the road. This is why I’ve been singing the praises of DeJuan Blair — he’s a guy who can step in and immediately give you rebounding, defense, and toughness inside, regardless of how many minutes he plays. Hansbrough is a poor man’s Blair to me. I think he’d instantly contribute some toughness and rebounding to anyone who gets him, although not to the extent that Blair will. I’m not sold on Mullens’ long-term potential to begin with, but I’m almost certain that even if he becomes great down the road, he’s going to offer very little in his first couple of seasons.

Ed

May 23rd, 2009
3:16 am

Sekou has the Hawks taking Ty Lawson in his mock draft. That is not a very comforting workout schedule the Hawks have setup for potential draft picks. Other teams have many player scheduled for workouts. Doesn’t a lot for prepardeness…

Ariose

May 23rd, 2009
3:28 am

Poop, thats eaxactly what I was thinking.

Ariose

May 23rd, 2009
3:35 am

I think Blair is a little on the short side though…and the Hawks desperately need length…..

niremetal

May 23rd, 2009
3:37 am

Can’t tell a thing by scheduled workouts at this point. Walsh hasn’t scheduled a single workout yet for the Knicks, despite the fact that they have the #12 pick, and the Nets and Sixers have only scheduled one person despite the fact that they pick ahead of us. Etc etc. Wait 3 weeks, and then we can tell.

niremetal

May 23rd, 2009
3:38 am

Ariose, I agree with your last comment. I seriously love Blair’s game, but Blair would be a wasted pick for the Hawks since we most certainly do not need an undersized PF at this point…

Samuel

May 23rd, 2009
7:32 am

Sautee,

I said that because Law still has trade value. Right now he’s our 3rd best point guard behind Flip and Bibby and unless we move Speedy,possibly our 4th. I think we could trade him for a quality big man who is much more needed than a #4 point guard.

WOW, last night was a big “blur” for me. I crashed on the couch somewhere during the first quarter and woke up just as LaBron’s ball was in the air. Weird!!

Can yall ever remember two greater Conference finals matchups?

Say what you want about the NBA and Stern but no other sport can offer this kind of excitement and star power every night for weeks and weeks. Baseball is gone except for the World Series. March madness last only two or three weeks and they are amateurs. Football plays a game and makes you endure days of babble in between. The NBA has 40 games in 40 nights. It don’t get no better.

Lebron, Howard, Kobe, Melo, Chauncey. It’s Amazing!!

Melvin

May 23rd, 2009
9:27 am

Can our media savvy GM acquire a higher pick in the draft????

“2. Which teams will be looking to trade?

Lots of them. Among the possibilities:

• The Wizards will be offering to deal No. 5 in an attempt to acquire a veteran, as well as to trim payroll to avoid the luxury tax next season. The last time they held the No. 5 pick, in 2004, they dealt it to Dallas for Antawn Jamison (while the Mavs used it to draft Devin Harris).

• Minnesota could package No. 6 with its other two first-rounders (Nos. 18 and 28) to either move up or acquire a ready-made star.

• Oklahoma City (Nos. 3 and 25) will tirelessly explore all options in search of the best value, but then that’s like predicting winter will follow autumn.

Because there are no sure-thing All-Stars in this draft — not even Blake Griffin is viewed across the board as a certainty to become a No. 1 or 2 star on a good club — teams will develop idiosyncratic tastes for certain players. Some teams may love Jordan Hill, while others may view little future in him. I’m guessing the hot players who will be in demand by a number of teams will be skilled offensive stars such as Rubio and Curry.”

Melvin

May 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

Not sure if Sund is a big fan of Josh Childress…..

Childress has the option to opt out of the deal after each season. If he returned to the NBA, the Hawks, who lost to Cleveland in the second round of this season’s playoffs, would still have the rights to him as a restricted free agent.

Childress said he followed the Hawks this season, watching games when he could, and communicated with fans on the Internet.

“I’ve gotten some great fan support from the Atlanta fans, via the Web sites,” Childress said.

However, Childress said he has yet to get a sense from general manager Rick Sund about whether the Hawks intend to try to woo him back next season.

“I haven’t spoken to him at all, really. That’s something I’m sure he’ll get with my agent about in the next few weeks,” Childress said. “I don’t know what they’re thinking.”

Bill

May 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

Just wondering why Cleavland was able to inbound the ball so far down the court for the final shot that won the game. Thank you

Samuel

May 23rd, 2009
10:57 am

Bill,

That’s one of those “made for TV” rules that the NBA implemented a few years back. After a made basket or rebound a team can call time out and advance the ball past half court with no effort or time running off the clock.

I hate that rule but I guess last night was the reason why they implemented it.

On Childress:

You guys kept saying that Sund mishandled the Childress situation. I always thought that he just didn’t want to sign him. Now the Hawks definately have the upper hand. They can get him this year unless he wants to go back to that “thug” EURO League.

Melvin

May 23rd, 2009
11:30 am

Sam,

I don’t think the Hawks have the upperhand on Childress. He can stay in Europe next season (and make more money) then return to NBA after next season as a unrestricted Free Agent. Then the Hawks would lose a former lottery pick without compensation….

darrell starks

May 23rd, 2009
11:59 am

Childress has always said he wanted to starte that was one issues that him and woody have always had bring him back and trading marvin will give him that opportunity to starte.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

N-trigue

May 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

I think we need to trade Marvin and a future draft pick to a team to move up in the draft and take Brandon Jennings the kid is unbelievable. I have not seen a PG like that in a long time you tube him and see for yourself. Then I would trade bibby for a true center or if not add another scorer off the bench like jamal crawford…..And definitely try and bring David Anderson here….Childress would be nice but i know thats strecthing it. Sekou what do you think about that?

O'brien

May 23rd, 2009
12:20 pm

Sekou, on your draft analysis, one of the 5 guys the Hawks might be looking at is the PG Maynor. You said one reason he doesnt make sense for the Hawks is because he isn’t a distinguished defender and struggles finishing in traffic, two things the Hawks will need out of the next point guard. Isn’t that Bibby’s weaknesses too? Bibby is a poor defender, and although he doesnt struggle as much finishing in traffic, he’s not much of a penetrator.

In my opinion, unless we are going to trade Acie, I dont think we should draft a PG.

darrell starks

May 23rd, 2009
12:28 pm

The hawks need another player who command double team if we are going to the next level.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

Ariose

May 23rd, 2009
1:45 pm

Patrick Mills is the next TP. If we’re not drafting him, I wouldn’t draft a PG either…..MAYBE Teauge just because of his size though.

Snowman

May 23rd, 2009
2:21 pm

Astro Joe

May 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

Astro Joe, great, great entry!!!….

O'brien

May 23rd, 2009
4:47 pm

Chills seems to have cooled down a bit.

“The fans are obviously very passionate because we’re in the finals of the Greek championship,” Childress, in Athens, said by phone to The Associated Press. “Yes, there was unnecessary violence. It obviously doesn’t help the game. It doesn’t help the players, but that will not have an effect on my decision about where I play next year.”

I think he knows that if the Hawks dont make a move this offseason (sign him or trade his rights), then he can go back to Greece for one more year, and be an unrestricted free agen next year. The Hawks have to make a move…

Samuel

May 23rd, 2009
5:16 pm

Obrien,

You’d say that too if you had to finish out the Finals there this year.

“Very passionate”. The understatement of the year.

He’ll be back.

kwooden1

May 23rd, 2009
6:38 pm

I hate to say this but I don’t think there is any realistic way to get a quality center this season. I think we need to resign Flip and Zaza. Then go after another FA PF, probably Bass or David Lee. We don’t get the size we need, but we hopefully get the rebounding. But in this case we really need to speed up the pace a little more.

GO HAWKS!!