Atlanta Hawks: Mo Evans exercises option for 2010-11

Mo Evans decides to play for $2.5 million in Atlanta

Mo Evans decides to play for $2.5 million in Atlanta

Mo Evans took a look at the free-agent market this summer and decided his $2.5 million salary in 2010-11 is the best deal for him.

Evans confirmed a WSB-TV report that he has exercised his contract option for next season. Evans made $2.5 million in 2009-10.

“There are not a lot of teams out there giving away contracts,” Evans said. “I’m satisfied with my deal even though it’s undervalued. I’m still going to go out and do my job.”

Evans’ decision means Atlanta will have limited cap flexibility this summer.

If Evans had opted out and the Hawks lost and/or renounced their other free agents, they could have cleared roughly $8.1 million in cap space. Now, depending on the amount of the salary cap and the value of cap exceptions, they likely will be limited to using their mid-level, bi-annual and minimum-salary cap exceptions to sign free agents.

Evans, 31, signed with the Hawks in 2008. He appeared in 79 games last season as the first wing player off the bench and averaged 5.7 points in 16.7 minutes per game while being used primarily as a defensive specialist.

Evans periodically grumbled about inconsistent playing time under former coach Mike Woodson. He said he hopes there will be more opportunities for playing time under the next coach, who is expected to be named this week.

More than that, though, Evans said he made a business decision.

“It’s a tough market for players out there,” Evans said. “The owners are having a tough time with it. The players are going to be in a tough market with so many players available. I’m not going be one of those guys searching for what I already have.”

MC

130 comments Add your comment

Dukester9

June 8th, 2010
7:21 pm

first, hes cool for a bench player

Dukester9

June 8th, 2010
7:24 pm

But he said his contract is undervalued. Sir if its undervalued why wouldnt you opt out and go get the real value for your services. But I say we sign and trade Joe and Marvin to the 76ers for Iguduola and Sam Dalembert we get a 7 ft center and a scorer to relace Joe.

Melvin

June 8th, 2010
7:34 pm

Smart move Mo b/c you probably would have been waiting by the phone until Sept.

tim

June 8th, 2010
7:39 pm

Even with 8M in cap space we probably wern’t gonna do much. We’re only gonna have three real decisions to make this offseason
1. What to do with JJ
2. What to do with J-Chill
3. Who are we drafting

And Dukester9 – Stop making suggestions.

JoJo the Godfather

June 8th, 2010
7:53 pm

Can you say trade chip?

BrittishAnger

June 8th, 2010
8:03 pm

Glad that aspect of things is covered…now for something completely different….

Hoops

June 8th, 2010
8:07 pm

Now the Hawks know what they have with Evans. They can use him off the bench or use him in a trade. He also has an expiring contract. That’s great for trades!

O'Brien

June 8th, 2010
8:13 pm

Mo gives everything he has, but I was hoping he would have opted out. We still need a backup SF (Mo is not big enough). And if JJ comes back, we have 3 SGs (JJ, Crawford, and Mo Evans).

Now if we trade Crawford, or lose JJ, I would be okay with Mo as the backup SG (depending on who we add to the bench).

But I think Rick Sund needs to explore a trade for Mo Evans. Can we use him in a trade to move up in the draft?

Melvin

June 8th, 2010
8:14 pm

“the next coach, who is expected to be named this week” –

I guess the Hawks are waiting for the Nets to announce Avery as their next coach so they hired Casey by default.

drmaryb

June 8th, 2010
8:16 pm

Tim

1. What to do with JJ?

We have NO control over WHAT – Mr. Johnson decides to do! Zippo! Nada! Nunna!

Jesse

June 8th, 2010
8:20 pm

I think 2.5 mill is cheap for the first or 2nd guy off the bench. I think that’s a good deal for us. He played well and deserved more PT, especially with the way Marvin played this year…. ugh.

Section 303

June 8th, 2010
8:22 pm

I would have rather seen Mo Evans walk. I get sick listening to a marginal (at best) player grumble about making 2.5 million. Funny how no other team is willing to give him that kind of dough, but he still thinks it’s undervalued. Whatever. Think the Hawks could trade him?

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

June 8th, 2010
8:23 pm

I just knew Mo Evans would opt out but I guess he knows he would have been on the bottom of the totem pole and coming up short with this class of free agents this summer. Plus he may feel with a new coach at the helm he will blossom better with more PT. What do any of you guys think of the Hornets hiring of Monty Williams??? Going cheap or is he as good as advertised – idk. I hope the Hawks hold out for Doc – even though I think Boston would be foolish to part with him.

BrittishAnger

June 8th, 2010
8:26 pm

Mo earns enough for what he does…he may think he’s undervalued, but if we draft a SG in the first round to “Replace” J.J. with, his stock is going to dip even more before the end of next season, leaving him no real bargaining power when he and Jamal part ways with us…

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

June 8th, 2010
8:30 pm

Agreed Section 303 – Evans is WELL compensated for his services. The nerve of some players.

cp

June 8th, 2010
8:40 pm

Mo exercising his option is ehhh to me.. Im wondering why the Hawks are not bringing in the kid from Texas, Damion James for a workout.. Dude rebounds very well, plays defense, and unlike our current starting sf he can finish in traffic.

Mel

June 8th, 2010
8:41 pm

Cant believe he is talking about UNDERvalued. I cant stand to watch this guy play. He cant make a two point shot or a 3 point shot from anywhere but the corner.

Always gets abused on D.. n he’s the “stopper” If its so undervalued, why exercise your option.. You know d&amn well you werent going to get that anywhere else for a few threes from the corner..

Dukester9

June 8th, 2010
8:44 pm

@tim i 2nd that drmaryb the questions he asked i gave solutions too he said stop suggesting LOL And also Tim quit talking about J chills as if he is an otion to play for us he isnot. He is considered a piece of paper (expiring contract) forget J chills is not coming back here for 4 million. All we can do is trade Chills rights gesshh. Tim the draft will not effect us sir we will be picking very late. Basically a bench player that will be fighting to make this team. This is a established team that needs to move a couple pieces around to make a run for a title. Plan and simple.

BrittishAnger

June 8th, 2010
8:46 pm

@Hawks Fan In New Orleans; Doc wouldn’t come coach Atlanta this year if he left Boston…If he leaves the Bostonian terrain, it will be for family reasons…For a team we swept this season, seeing him go this deep in the playoffs guarantees him a return to the Celtics if he comes back at all…..

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
8:50 pm

Mo pretty much said he knows he’s not going to get that cash elsewhere, or at least is not willing to try and test that theory.

He’s a good enough vet to have, and he did seem to improve down the stretch when his playing time increased a bit.

As for grumbling about PT under Woodson, he isn’t the first. But why beat a dead horse, Woody is gone, and guess what that means? Mo gets to prove his worth under a different coach. That sword has two edges….

I don’t care where Mo hits his shots from, as long as he hits them. Is his contract undervalued? Hell no.

One more thing. I never liked using him primarily at the SF spot. He should only be there in a pinch situation. Unfortunately, he got used there nearly all the time, and he was overmatched quite a bit.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
8:51 pm

MC ,

New head coach expected to be named this week? I sure hope so. Gimme more, gimme more…even if it’s unsubstantiated rumor mill junk. Just kidding….

i_am_soulstar

June 8th, 2010
8:52 pm

Mo’s a good guy to have coming off the bench, I’m glad he’s staying. And if not, his expiring contract could do us some good in trade-land. I just hope the players who gripe about playing time (and these are legitimate gripes) show up next season and avoid making it seem like Woody knew what he was doing all aong.

The Truth

June 8th, 2010
8:53 pm

Does that now means Mo Evans (the one trick pony) becomes an expiring contract?

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
8:54 pm

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

I think the Hornets know that the Chris Paul train is done, unless they can magically add another star player. Also, there is no guarantee he will return to superstar form next season (after that injury/surgery), or that he won’t have more knee problems later. Monty Williams is another one of the latest, hottest assistant coaches to hit the billboard. New Orleans will have to start over at some point, and times are tough right now. It’s as good a time as any to gamble with an assistant coach.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
8:57 pm

i_am_soulstar

True that. Although, I’m not concerned about anybody making Woody look like he knew what he was doing. That era is over. Time to find out what problems still exist, and how to solve them. But I really would like for us to add guys that force existing players to either give 110% or sit their butts down. Well, that really applies more to the fringe players like Mo Evans. Guys like Josh Smith need to get their noses to the grind stone and keep it there, but it would be hard to find somebody who is good enough to put somebody like him on the bench for lengthy periods of time.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
8:59 pm

Also, I agree that some of the gripes were legitimate. But moreso in the case of Josh Childress back in the day, than in Mo Evans. Theoretically (not statistically), Josh Childress gave us more when he was here, than Mo and Marvin did this past season (minus the rare 20 point game).

ryan

June 8th, 2010
9:24 pm

I think we might see a trade with N.O. Mo Evans for Chris Paul and 1st round pick N.O. would the expiring contract.

The Truth

June 8th, 2010
9:29 pm

This is definitely news worthy. From reading this, it would appear that Larry Drew has the inside track and is leading in the polls over all candidates. Jackson only wins if he hits the grand slam. Casey only wins by default if Drew slips or Jackson fails to hit the grand slam.

Yesterday, Mark Jackson met with Hawks ownership after being interviewed initially by GM Rick Sund and assistant GM David Pendergraft, who confided to staff members they were immensely impressed. Still, from what I hear, Jackson needed to mesmerize the owners to beat out Atlanta assistant Larry Drew. Dwane Casey remains a viable candidate.

i_am_soulstar

June 8th, 2010
9:43 pm

Big Ray,

This is my problem with Josh Smith. The good and potential good far outweigh the bad, so the Hawks won’t dare trade him unless they’re either getting an equally effective piece or trying to rebuild. How do you motivate the guy that’s irreplaceable? I know, I know, he had a great regular season and last I checked, his PER was #20 in the league. But that doesn’t excuse a manic-depressive playoff performance. His body language in the 2nd round made me wanna leave Philips at halftime for both home games. And I was on crutches.

But with all the focus on the other positions, power forward likely isn’t anything close to a priority and probably won’t get much attention. And so Josh, maturity or personality change notwithstanding, may continue to be Josh.

Now in a perfect world, Al and Josh compete for the 4, trade the loser to the Nets for Brook Lopez and Devin Harris. Or maybe just my perfect world.

Ramon

June 8th, 2010
10:22 pm

I_am_soulstar, you are aware Al and Josh had the same exact numbers in terms of points in rebounds in the postseason, with Josh having more assists, blocks, and steals right?

Delbert D.

June 8th, 2010
10:27 pm

$2.5 million, and he thinks he’s undervalued? How the heck did we as a species come up with professional sports? Maybe the Mayan way with their strange ball-through-the circle on the wall was the best. Lose the game, and the captain gets beheaded.

HoosierHawk

June 8th, 2010
10:28 pm

The trades people propose on here make no sense for the other team involved. The nets trade their only good player and highest potential player for al or josh? I don’t know about that. And Joe for Iguadola and Dalembert? No way that works cap wise, and even so, I bet they would barely take Joe for Iguadola straight up.

Rondo

June 8th, 2010
10:45 pm

Wow soul star trade away Al or Josh for Lopez and Harris buddy where is that going to take us I’ll tell you where to the bottom of the heap.This whole blogg got dumber at 9:43 pm somebody come save us.

Fundamentals

June 8th, 2010
10:48 pm

Hopefully the coaching debate will end soon. I think it seems that Drew has significant inside support. If they’ll play for him that’s great. If they pull a Woodson it’d be tough not to can him quickly. Casey and Jackson have the same problem

Same problem we had with Woodson? Will the kids buy in? Will they play 100% professional basketball all season? We peaked too early and crumbled when it mattered b/c of what was between our ears.

We need a coach to set the new foundation, philosophy and goals moving forward. We have great pieces with great potential. It’s up to them to buy in and maximize our talent. We can exceed this year with some hard work this summer.

Where outside of Atlanta does Joe have the best shot to win? Does he think fans won’t expect as much or more elsewhere? He’d be a great assett here at the right price. Not MAX money, but something reasonable. Does he want to be here?

i_am_soulstar

June 8th, 2010
10:50 pm

Ramon,

You make a valid point if we’re talking stats, but Josh draws my ire for intangibles. I’m talking body language, lack of energy, and downright careless decision making sometimes during the playoffs. He waited until the playoffs of all times to shoot more long 2-point shots and 3-point shots. As much as he contributed to the team, he detracted from the group’s effort several times as well, although the stats won’t show it. I guess I’m disappointed that he let a few intangibles get in the way of a possibly good-to-great playoff performance. Also, unlike Horford, Josh Smith wasn’t being guarded by the DPOY, Dwight Howard. Stats ain’t everything.

i_am_soulstar

June 8th, 2010
10:58 pm

Rondo,

Al Horford for Devin Harris and Brook Lopez would be great for the Hawks if the numbers would work.
If you don’t know why, you probably don’t watch enough basketball to even to speak to me.
Get your weight up.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 8th, 2010
11:04 pm

$2.5 million for Mo Evans is a fair deal, and I doubt he would have gotten more in free agency. Good deal for both sides.

i_am_soulstar

June 8th, 2010
11:05 pm

Hoosier Hawks,

In a perfect world means, it’s not ever gonna happen, but if I had one wish, that would be it. Reading is fundamental.

Ramon

June 8th, 2010
11:09 pm

I_am, unlike Josh, Horford wasn’t responsible for guarding his man who was camped out on the perimeter, doubling Howard on the block, and playing help defense on any one from the back court penetrating the lane. Smith had 3 or 4 bad possessions where he was carelessly arguing with the referees. Paul Pierce has had 2 bad possessions where he didn’t get back on defense tonight alone. I’d take Josh on my team any day of the week.

i_am_soulstar

June 8th, 2010
11:17 pm

Ramon,

I love Josh for the Hawks, but the frustration is his lack of self-control, and how he keeps him from being great. Players wish that had his athletic gifts, but work with what they have. This guy is supremely gifted and allows his lack of self-control and/or refusal to simply maximize his greatest attributes to take him out of the game. This should not be happening in the playoffs. Inexcusable man. He needs to see a counselor, or a Buddhist or something.

MsDee

June 8th, 2010
11:17 pm

Why trade the only player on the team with the highest basketball IQ with ANY trade?????? Al Horford should be a HAWK 4 Life!!

HoosierHawk

June 8th, 2010
11:35 pm

Woulda rather had Matt Barnes through free agency than MO. Guy is tough and plays D. Especially when we have starters (Josh) who are the most athletic player on the team, yet will not get back on D in THE PLAYOFFS.

Volman

June 8th, 2010
11:56 pm

Hello to all of the regulars on the Hawks’ blog. It has been a while.

First off, I wanted to say I finally graduated from Georgia Tech and I actually might be moving out of Atlanta for a wonderful company, so my season tickets my be in jeopardy! haha.

Anyway, Mr. Ken Strickland, I’m pulling for you..and we all are. Stay strong.

Hope all of the “regulars” are doing well. I might not have been posting as of late, but I’ve had my own family problems I’ve been through this past year (death of a close family member) so I have just attended my Hawks games and not much more.

Regarding this blog: Can someone show Mo Evans his airball/bank shot layup that he terribly missed in the playoffs this year and THEN ask him why he thinks he deserves more than $2.5 million? The guy is a decent (at best) role player on this team. Not a 6th man, though.

vava74

June 9th, 2010
12:02 am

the NBA like any other business is not necessarily fair: many players are paid too much and others of quality end up having to settle a tad less than their real value:

there are – i think – very few players earning 3 to 4 million per, which in my opinion could be Mo’s actual ability-contribution value to a team (namely 1/14th of the cap). So, he is right in the sense that he could/should earn a bit more.

I am very happy that he stays: if JJ walks, we have a solid two way player to play the SG spot, someone with enough range from 3 point land (if given minutes and shots he will hit them at a better rate), a decent mid range game (his pull up jump shots in the lane are OK) and more than adequate D on the SG slot.

If we re-sign Childress, we will still be lacking JJ’s full package, but we will be able to fill the void moderately well overall with very good combo of skills:

Mo – starter; Craw – “backcourt 6th man” > SG slot well covered

Chills – starter; Marvin “frontcourt 6th man” > SF slot well covered (Marvin could also replace Josh at the PF in some occasions in a more up tempo type of game).

If we go with a more high octane offense and pesky D, I like my chances with the above. Specially if we manage to get Paul George in the up coming draft.

BigCaliDawg

June 9th, 2010
12:06 am

I love his dunks. Quick and sneaky.

He can’t shoot a lick, though. When teams sag and JJ and Jamal aren’t hittin’, we look really bad on “O”.

cp

June 9th, 2010
12:07 am

The other day I was saying I wouldn’t be shocked if Drew is the one who actually ends up with the job. I know some people question if that is truly a new voice. I know some will question why he didn’t suggest some adjustments to Woodrow when it was clear the game-plan wasn’t working. And they would all be valid questions. I know Woodson admitted on several occasions that he wouldn’t take his assistants advice so its no telling what Drew or the other guys felt we should have tried or what changed they suggested. I will be glad when they name someone.

vava74

June 9th, 2010
12:13 am

Mo as a starter this year:

As a Starter G5 GS5 mpg32.6 fg%0.545 3pt%0.632 ft% 0.667 ofr2.0 drb2.8 rpg4.8 apg0.8 stl0.8 blk0.4 ppg 15.2

Mo as a starter last year was pretty decent too and playing mainly out of position (SF).

vava74

June 9th, 2010
12:18 am

Derek Fisher was deeply emotional and crying during his end game interview.

What a man.

In my book he has suplanted Horry and Mr. Clutch and I would endorse his induction in the Hall of Fame based on all of his playoff career performances.

vava74

June 9th, 2010
12:21 am

McHale is saying in the post game show that to play the 4th quarter with a lead is relaxing…

I guess that if I were a martian just landed on earth and never knew anything about the NBA (age-era differences) but followed the Hawks this season, I would easily guess that McHale never played under Woody…

wordsmithtom

June 9th, 2010
6:52 am

We didn’t field a summer league team last summer: glad Teague gets one this year. With a couple rooks from the draft and a couple potential Euro’s, maybe we find a gem. Speaking of summer: Drew played run and gun when he coached the summer league teams the two years prior.

Whomever we hire, listenup: Ixnay on the ISO. There is a time and place: ends of quarters, any time you need to run down clock, when you have a clear player mismatch. But, we wore ISO out. Drew’s willingness to run during summer suggests at least he gets it.

I like Childress at 2 after his time in Europe if JJ walks. Childress is a better all around player than when he left, and if this team runs, he’s a runner. Marvin fits better in a run and gun. He may look like a duck, but when that 6-9, 240 lbs gets down the floor, he’s there quickly and is a matchup problem for guards trying to guard the break.