Atlanta Hawks: What’s the deal with Chills?

The return of the 'fro?

The return of the 'fro?

The buzz out of Greece is that Josh Childress might not be long for Olympiakos due to money issues. AJC wise guy Jeff Schultz wonders where Chills would fit in with the Hawks.

I’m still not sure Chills would be down for playing for the Hawks. From what I’ve been able to gather, he does want to return to the NBA but would rather sign an offer sheet with another team that the Hawks would be unable to match. That suggests that his hard feelings for the Hawks are more than just about Woody. Of course, Chills might get over that in a minute if he wants back in the league and Atlanta’s $4.8 million qualifying offer is the only deal he can secure (the Hawks hadn’t yet extended the offer as of last week but Rick Sund has said they will).

But Chills should have some NBA value after a strong season in Greece. No doubt he and his representatives (apparently he has a new agent) will be watching the J.J. situation closely. Their hope would be that if the Hawks spend a lot of cash to lock up J.J. they then wouldn’t have the stomach to match a Chills offer sheet that includes a long-term contract. If Chills can’t get an offer sheet and still wants to play in the league but not for Atlanta, the other option would be a sign-and-trade, but then that complicates the whole issue.

Chills may end up back in the NBA, but right now I doubt it would be with the Hawks. All of that can change quickly in what’s shaping up to be a crazy NBA summer.

MC

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Stotts Era

June 21st, 2010
11:31 am

ownership sucks

Melvin

June 21st, 2010
11:33 am

MC, I hope you wrong. I would love to see Chills back on this team. Hopefully we can tell Mo to find a new jersey number (or home) b/c the real #1 is coming back.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
11:36 am

I have long thought that Chills would never grace a Hawks uniform again. Oh well, guess we’ll see…

ignition

June 21st, 2010
11:38 am

I want Chillz back and back as a Starter.. Sit Marvin down and let him come off the bench..
Damn I wish we had different ownership..

RomeDawg

June 21st, 2010
11:39 am

What’s his beef with the Hawks? They took the chance to draft him, while many others passed and he turned out to be an average player. He was never a consistent starter and his play was inconsistent. His ego needs to get put in check by his agent. Anyway, whatever happened to all the guys that were sure to follow him to overseas ball? And “the money situation” from his current team has more to do with his injury prone ways and him not living up to expectations. Hey Chills, get a haircut and stay in Greece! We won more without you than with you.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
11:39 am

Melvin,

I would too, but like Schultz says, where does he fit in? If JJ is gone, he fits. If we trade Marv or move him to the bench, he fits. If Jamal gets traded, he fits.

Otherwise, he’s looking at coming back to two of the same things he left in the first place: money and playing time. I’d like to see him back, but first and foremost in my mind is asset management. Better to sign and trade him than continue to get nothing out of what was once a lottery pick.

Astro Joe

June 21st, 2010
11:46 am

His issues may have more to do with Sund than Woody. After all, it was Sund who seemingly put Chill in the same category as nomadic players like Mo Evans, Keith Bogans and Damien Wilkins. Woody gave the guy 30+ minutes/game and often had him playing at the end of tightly contested games. Sund was the one who challenged him to get a better offer and then signed Evans & Flip to about $3.5M combined to replace Childress. Woody may have kept him out of the starting line-up but Sund has been instrumental in keeping Chill from getting an NBA contract worthy of his production. I think one is far worse than the other. Seems he could be had fairly easily at this point… if team X gets him to sign an offer sheet on 7/1 and Joe is still making a decision, no way will Sund match that offer until he knows for sure what Joe will do.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
11:47 am

RomeDawg,

What are you talking about? Chills was picked #6 in the draft, so it’s not like a whole ton of teams passed on him. He was used primarily as a bench player by Woody, which explains him not starting (especially since they drafted Marvin at #2, and as a starer). As for consistency, he was one of the FEW consistent players. Consistently didn’t get plays run for him, yet led the team in field goal percentage at a career .522 rate. Consistently got rebounds, as many as Marvin who was the starter (and more, sometimes), hustled and played defense, brought the ball up the court. Hell, the guy was the very model of consistency. What team were you watching?

Michael Cunningham

June 21st, 2010
11:48 am

@Big Ray: you are saying that because you don’t think Chills would accept bench role?

Hoops

June 21st, 2010
11:50 am

I feel a sign & trade coming on!

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
11:51 am

Astro Joe,

Exactly. I blame Sund for the mismanagement of this situation. We’re talking about a lottery draft pick who was every bit the role player and versatile glue guy that we HOPED Marvin Williams would be (and still AIN’T) after it became glaringly apparent that he wasn’t going to be a star…..

Sure, nobody saw the Olympiakos offer coming, but the way he was treated clearly pi$$ed him off.

A similar mistake was made by a former Hawks GM with Joel Pryzbilla, who could have been our tough guy in the middle for several years. Instead, he remains loyal to the team that gave him a guaranteed contract….

Michael Cunningham

June 21st, 2010
11:53 am

@ Astro Joe: “Seems he could be had fairly easily at this point… if team X gets him to sign an offer sheet on 7/1 and Joe is still making a decision, no way will Sund match that offer until he knows for sure what Joe will do.”

good point. FA signings can’t happen until July 8 so it’s possible Sund would know Joe’s plans by then. but my feeling is Joe will have to wait and see what happens with LeBron, Wade, Amare and Bosh. once those guys sign, then the teams that didn’t get those guys will look at Joe. at least that’s how i think it will play out but who knows anymore. this thing is going to be crazy.

RomeDawg

June 21st, 2010
11:53 am

Big Ray,

Check out some of his stats in Greece. Most notable, games lost to injury. You want that back? The fans in Greece boo him nonstop because he has been a bust there, just like here. Number 6 pick and hardly started? And to say he outrebounded Marvin ain’t sayin’ much.

RomeDawg

June 21st, 2010
11:55 am

I am not defending our questionable ownership but I don’t like egomaniac athletes who have lost perception of reality.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
11:58 am

MCunningham ,

I’m saying I think Chills will accept a prominent bench role, but I don’t see how such a role can exist if:

1. Joe and Jamal are still here. That means “0″ minutes at the SG position, and it won’t matter how bad Jamal’s defense is…that leaves SF…

2. Marvin is retained, and remains the starter. Chills then comes off the bench in a Mo Evans role, but is he okay with Mo Evans minutes? Wait a minute, then what happens to Mo Evans? Mo already had issues with the minutes he got under Woody, with no competition at the backup SF spot. He won’t play in front of Jamal (never, ever) and if he has to share minutes with Chills, that’s two unhappy SG/SF types.

On paper, it looks great and we have plenty of depth and the 2 and 3 spots. In reality, it won’t work. And honestly, Larry Drew (or any other coach) doesn’t need that headache.

The best case scenario for Chills if he becomes a Hawk, is that Joe is gone. But is that the best case scenario for the Hawks? If Joe stays, Chills fits best if somebody at the 2 or 3 gets traded. I can’t see the guy being happy with 12-15 mpg, and I also don’t see him being as much help to the Hawks that way, either. Although, that’s dang good money ($4.8 million) for so few minutes.

The only thing I can think of where that would work is if Chills wants back into the NBA so bad, that he’s willing to take the paycut and the minutes cut, just so he can catch on with another NBA team a year afterwards.

GT Alum

June 21st, 2010
12:04 pm

I hope Sund is willing to play hardball and risk paying him to make sure we don’t get nothing for him. With our limited resources to sign players under the cap, Chills could be a valuable piece on our roster or as a sign and trade. I’d hate to see the Hawks just let him walk when we can use him to improve the team.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
12:04 pm

RomeDawg,

I want back what Childress was when he was HERE, I could care less what happened in Greece. European ball is a lot different. I’d rather have a guy who might lose some games to injury than a guy who is healthy all the time, but STILL disappears (Marvin).

A bust? No, Childress was what he was when they drafted him. If anything, that’s another example of Billy Knight’s flawed vision. He kept picking role players with lotto picks. Childress got the nod over Andre Iguodala (a guy I wanted BADLY), Al Jefferson, Andris Biedrins, and Luol Deng. Just sayin’….

Players can’t help getting picked where they are picked. Remember, somebody picked Darko freakin’ Milicic over Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh. That makes Milicic a bust, but more importantly, it makes the GM in question (Joe Dumars) an idiot.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
12:07 pm

I am not defending our questionable ownership but I don’t like egomaniac athletes who have lost perception of reality.

Blame his agent and the Greek team. No way was Chills getting that kind of money in the NBA. The other thing is, he did more for us than Marvin did, at the time.

Now I’ll say this and let it go: I still don’t see him in a Hawks uniform, and I still see him as a valuable role player, if he can do anything like he did for us when he was in the League. Is he the best option out there? No, not in my opinion.

I’d take Ronnie Brewer in a hot second…

Michael Cunningham

June 21st, 2010
12:07 pm

@ Big Ray: got ya . . . Mo does have a trade-friendly deal

GT Alum

June 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

Big Ray, if Chills comes back, I don’t see how Marvin remains the starter unless Drew really believes his offensive schemes can make Marvin effective. Chill actually grew and became a pretty good player for the Hawks. Marvin has regressed. I think if you have the option to bring Childress back, especially for not much money, you have to put Marvin on the bench and tell him that if he wants to start, he’ll have to earn that role back. That may not be what you want to do with a guy who you owe $30M over the next four years, but it’s a better choice than just letting Chills walk and Marvin continue to drag this team down.

RomeDawg

June 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

Big Ray,

You made some good points and I do see your point and Childress. For the right price, I wouldn’t mind having Chills back and if Drew really is different with his offensive mindset he may blossom here, as long as he stays healthy. You hope his last couple of years in Greece (injuries) aren’t a sign of things to come.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

MC ,

You’re right. With wings available everywhere (I hear Mike Miller wants to sign on with a winning team), Mo could be dealt.

If we end up selling our pick off (I still don’t know how valid that conspiracy theory is), then I’d like us to take a look at Ronnie Brewer (defender who knows when to shoot, and when not to for the most part) and Anthony Morrow (straight up sniper).

Chills…I liked the guy when he was here, but if he’s not the same player, then I’m not sold on the headache he could become.

Evans…liked what he provided when he could get it going. But he’s undersized at the 3, and replaceable at the 2, where again…with Joe and Jamal around….he will hardly get any minutes whatsoever. Especially since I expect Larry Drew to keep actual point guards playing the point guard position (not Jamal).

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
12:18 pm

RomeDawg,

You made good points about his issues in Greece. Maybe he has fallen into some bad habits training-wise. I don’t know. I certainly hope how he fared in Greece is not a tell-tale sign of things to come. If it is, then you’re right and I’m wrong, and we need to use him strictly as a trade piece.

JoJo the Godfather

June 21st, 2010
12:18 pm

Bring back Childress. 3yrs $18M sounds about right. Trade Jamal Crawford for immediate cap relief and depth (similar to Philly did with Dalembert’s expiring).

Astro Joe

June 21st, 2010
12:19 pm

You want ball movement? Then you want Childress, he stays in motion, roaming the baseline looking for a pass. Dude shot over 55% because he stays near the basket. You want effort and energy? You want Childress. He never tires and leaves it all on the court. You want to establish a team first culture? You want Childress because he has literally played and defended 4 positions and never said a mumbling word (until it was time for contract negotiations). You want someone to attack the basket as part of a 5-man attack? How many highlights do you recall of afroman going in for the dunk or the put-back by rising above the crowd for the rebound?

I’m not saying this guy is a future HOF, but he is a great fit for this club (and always has been). Not to mention that his b-ball IQ is among the highest on this roster. He’s a winner and he will surely looked better than ever while wearing another NBA team’s uniform in the fall.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
12:23 pm

GT Alum,

I agree. Marvin has been an incumbent starter without challenge, and that has got to change. If not Chills, we need to bring somebody else in to challenge him or permanently send him to the bench. I wish I knew what Drew thought Marvin is capable of at this point. Some argued that Woody and his system hurt Marvin, as did the advent of Jamal Crawford.

However, that isn’t the whole story by a long shot, in my opinion. The thing about Woody is that he favord the aggressive types, and Marvin just wasn’t that. The problem is that he wasn’t that on either end of the floor. Although we have some money tied up in him, it’s not unfriendly money. A few years back, people were talking 8-10 mil a year for him. We’re uncomfortably close to 8 million per, but he still has enough of the “potential” aura about him, along with some abilities, that he could be good trade bait if nothing else.

I don’t wish the guy any ill, but I’m not looking for anything brilliant from him either.

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
12:26 pm

Bring back Childress. 3yrs $18M sounds about right. Trade Jamal Crawford for immediate cap relief and depth (similar to Philly did with Dalembert’s expiring).

Interesting thought. Could it be that a new offensive system that relies on several attackers and ball movement, in some ways devalue Jamal Crawford’s game?

I mean, when you’re not going ISO heavy, does Jamal look as good as he did? Maybe his value to the team isn’t as much as it was last year. Unless Joe leaves, then that changes things a bit. But still…that does make you want to examine what Jamal would now mean to this team and whether or not he becomes a useful trade asset.

Ramon

June 21st, 2010
12:38 pm

Big Ray, I see it like this. If by chance the Hawks sign Chills, then you work to trade Mo Evans for a cash like done in the David Anderson deal. Or possibly considering trading Marvin and the rights to Chills for Caron Butler. I actually think Dallas would do that deal. But Chills wouldn’t start over Marvin with Teague as the PG. With Chills and Teague inability to shoot, a small zone would put the Hawks at a huge disadvantage.

O'Brien

June 21st, 2010
12:39 pm

Ray,

I remember reading an article where Drew said the problem with Marvin, is that Marvin didn’t know his role, and he didn’t know if and when shots were coming. So I think Drew will have a defined role for Marvin.

As much as I like Chills, I am open to a sign and trade, because I think there are other options, like Matt Barnes and Ronnie Brewer. However, regardless of who we bring in for the SF position, Drew needs to make it an open competition (like QBs do in the NFL). Maybe that will light a fire under Marvin.

Also, if we resign JJ, I have been proposing that we trade Jamal. He has good value, and is an expiring contract who we will not resign next year (if JJ resigns). Plus that way, Mo would be our backup SG.

GT Alum

June 21st, 2010
12:41 pm

I don’t know all of the ins and outs of the NBA salary cap, so can someone explain to me if signing Chills is the same cap-wise as signing someone else for the same money, and the only advantage we have with him is that we can match any offer he gets, or does signing him allow us to add a rotational player without impacting our cap as much as signing a UFA would?

Ramon

June 21st, 2010
12:42 pm

By the way, here’s a question for everyone. What would have to be the record for Drew to get fired before the all star break?? How long do you guys think Sund’s rope will be with Drew after taking the terrible (yet again) PR hit for hiring such a low cost coach?

Michael Cunningham

June 21st, 2010
12:46 pm

@ GT Alum: the advantage is the Hawks can sign Chills even though they are over the cap because they hold his Bird rights. as long as they are over the cap, the only way they can sign UFAs from other teams is to use the mid-level, bi-annual, or minimum exceptions. if they sign Chills, they’d still have those exceptions available for UFAs.

Michael Cunningham

June 21st, 2010
12:48 pm

@ O’Brien: “I remember reading an article where Drew said the problem with Marvin, is that Marvin didn’t know his role, and he didn’t know if and when shots were coming. So I think Drew will have a defined role for Marvin.”

this is the organization’s view of Marvin. he’s not aggressive on his own so they believe a system that involves him more will help him out.

GT Alum

June 21st, 2010
12:49 pm

Ramon, I don’t see how Marvin brings anything more as a shooter than Chills. Marvin’s got a career FG% of .455, while Childress’ is .522. And Marvin’s career 3P% is .303, compared to .360 for Chills. Chills always took heat for his funky shot, but it’s more effective than Marvin’s, even if it is less conventional.

Prison Mike

June 21st, 2010
12:52 pm

I hope this malnourished aaron neville looking fool fetches the home team something decent. Crawford should also return something solid when he inevitably is moved sometime next year.This should help ease the blow of losing blow johnson.

dap01

June 21st, 2010
12:53 pm

I would love to have Chills back but it seems that he is WAY over estimating his value. He is a very good role player. What type of money does he think that he is going to get?

What are his hard feeling for? No one was knocking down his door when he was a free agent? Is that Atlanta’s fault? Is our ownership to fault for that?

Has he ever seen his own jump shot? Yikes!

GT Alum

June 21st, 2010
12:54 pm

Thanks, MC. I thought that was the way it worked, but every time I turn around, I hear about some new nuance to the the cap structure, so I just wanted to make sure I was right.

Of course, the other consideration is, even though they can sign him and use these exceptions without pushing them into the luxury tax, is the organization even willing to spend the money for those contracts?

Fundamentals

June 21st, 2010
12:54 pm

Good commentary Ray and Astro. I’m enjoying the banter. If Chills wants to come back and we sign Joe we’ll have to part with Mo or Marvin or possibly both. If Joe doesn’t sign he might be worth a chance here? It thought he played hard, he came up with timely rebounds on both ends and played good defense. I liked Chills. I do say Mo wearing #1 was a true slap from Sund. They made sure to let the kid know he wasn’t as good as he thought. We definitely did the same to a 7′ brusier who proved valuable in Portland till his latest injury. Stupid to burn bridges like that, but that’s my take.

I’m definitely interested to see how Drew will use Teague to speed up the offense. I want to see Drew use Teague to set up our shooters for open shots, not iso all day. Iso is great in some situations, but not all the time. We need a good fast paced offense similar to what Indiana used to do for Reggie Miller. We have shooters, we just don’t use them effectively.

Right now it seems we have plenty of options for PG-SF if Joe stays or Chills returns. What other options do we have set for PF and C? Are we signing Collins, Joe Smith or Randolph? Is Gani enough? Who else is out there?

What free agents will Sund/Drew allow to drop and who are we looking into? What are some thoughts on the Hawks trying to sign someone like Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, Johan Petro at backup or center? Are there any true bigs with range we could use to allow Smoove and Horford to post while they popped from the perimeter similar to Big Z?

northcyde

June 21st, 2010
12:57 pm

Big Ray

June 21st, 2010
11:58 am

MCunningham ,

I’m saying I think Chills will accept a prominent bench role, but I don’t see how such a role can exist if:

1. Joe and Jamal are still here. That means “0″ minutes at the SG position, and it won’t matter how bad Jamal’s defense is…that leaves SF…

2. Marvin is retained, and remains the starter. Chills then comes off the bench in a Mo Evans role, but is he okay with Mo Evans minutes? Wait a minute, then what happens to Mo Evans? Mo already had issues with the minutes he got under Woody, with no competition at the backup SF spot. He won’t play in front of Jamal (never, ever) and if he has to share minutes with Chills, that’s two unhappy SG/SF types.

On paper, it looks great and we have plenty of depth and the 2 and 3 spots. In reality, it won’t work. And honestly, Larry Drew (or any other coach) doesn’t need that headache.

You forget two things Big Ray. Jamal Crawford can play the 1 and Marvin Williams can play the 4.

PG: Teague ( 20 ) – Crawford ( 16 ) – Bibby ( 12 )

G: Johnson ( 38 ) – Crawford ( 10 )

F: Marvin ( 16 ) – Chill ( 24 ) – Evans or 1st round pick ( 8 )

PF: Smith ( 34 ) – Marvin ( 14 )

C: Horford ( 34 ) – Zaza ( 14 )

Honestly, Jamal Crawford played 30+ minutes out of necessity last year. If guys like Marvin and Bibby would’ve played up to par last year, he should’ve logged around 24 – 28 minutes a game, and only stayed in the game unless he had it going offensively.

But your original premise about Chill is still right. If he can go somewhere ( even on a bad team ), and get more than 24 minutes a game, he’d probably opt to do that ( if the money is right ), than to stay here for the qualifying offer.

I agree with Astro as well. This probably has more to do with Sund “low balling” him, than it does with anything Woody supposedly done to him. The ONLY thing that Woody didn’t do with Chill, was start him. But he definitely got playing time here, and was in at the end of games often in place of Marvin.

Fundamentals

June 21st, 2010
1:00 pm

Dap01

I’ll agree that year we left our FA hung out for offers. They both got mad when no real offers came. Both Josh’s thought they were worth alot more than they got offered from the Hawks, but nobody else really offered at the time so who’s to blame? No one I guess in actuality.

Reality checked in for both kids. It was a true slap in the face for both kids. Niether took it well. Sund’s actions thereafter with Flip & Mo solidified the notion that they were expendable. In my mind giving Mo #1 was a message to Chills that he was overpriced, expendable and replaced. No wonder he doesn’t want to come back. He’d look like a fool. Only he looks like a fool there too? Muddy, muddy water.

I personally liked the kids game and would like to see him here. If not here I’d like to see him happy with any team as long as we get something in return. We’ve gotta get something for him. Losing him to Greece and retaining his rights was hard. Losing him altogether for nothing is even worse.

tyger

June 21st, 2010
1:04 pm

No doubt the Hawks are a better team with Childress, but where’s his head? What’s he thinking? He left in a huff – dissed by Sund, displaced by JJ and Marvin. Far from his beloved Cali, he had no problem leaving the Dirty South – crunk ain’t his style.

Hopefully, he returns to the NBA, the Hawks aren’t going to find a better free agent. He’s way better than Mo Evans, but sandwiched between JJ, Marvin and Josh Smith leaves him the odd man out. He’s not a shooter or scorer but a heady, athletic, long, slasher that we lack and sorely miss.

Fact of the matter is neither the Hawks or Chills achieved their goals separately. Europa wasn’t the promised land he expected. No championship, small crowds and big expectations. Don’t know if they could fully appreciate his slasher game. Hawks could – nobody worked the baseline like Chills. And he could knockdown those awkward looking 3’s with consistency as well.

But like JSmoove and Marvin, Chills was awarded big minutes and a starting job as a rookie on a lousy team and developed unrealistic expectations of the team and league. You’re good but not great and wouldn’t start on a winning team.

Maybe now the chip is off his shoulder and he can reconcile this marriage gone awry. We need all the good players we can get!!!

Ramon

June 21st, 2010
1:06 pm

GT, the last three years in Atlanta, Chills didn’t shoot more than 77 3pt attempts, as opposed to Marvin who shot 155 and 132 over the last two seasons. Two seasons ago Marvin shot closed to 36% from 3pt land. His percentage went down last season mainly because his shot attempts still went down. Just because one player starts over another doesn’t mean he’s better, it just mean he’s better suited for that role. In a motion offense, I truly believe Marvin would do better coming off screens than Chills would. If you remember majority of the shots Chills used to make would always be set shots. If you remember Bowen started over Ginobli AND Finley, although he wasn’t a better overall player than either.

hawks poop

June 21st, 2010
1:09 pm

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dap01

June 21st, 2010
1:10 pm

Fundamentals: I completely agree.
This summer is going to be crazy with all of the possibilities. Even if we lose our best player in JJ, we have the ability to be good again.

O'Brien

June 21st, 2010
1:11 pm

northcyde,

If Crawford is only playing 24 – 28 minutes on average (which I agree with), do you think he is worth $9.5 mil?

dap01,

You mean the same jump shot that he uses to make 52% of his shots?

MC,

Any news on the workouts from this past weekend? If I remember correctly, Booker and Brackins were in here over the last few days. Any feedback?

Dr. Warren

June 21st, 2010
1:16 pm

My sources at the NBA here in China tell me Childress will end up in either Golden State or Atlanta.

northcyde

June 21st, 2010
1:26 pm

OBrien . . if Crawford can shoot 45% FG again and give us 15+ points, I say yes.

GT Alum

June 21st, 2010
1:46 pm

Ramon, I thought Marvin’s shots from 3 went down because he was told to stop shooting them and be more aggressive towards the basket. I was going to mention that Chillz also seemed to have a better idea of when to jack up a j and when to slash to the basket than Marvin does, which is part of the reason his FG% was so much higher than Marvin’s. He didn’t jack up a bunch of outside jumpers when he could get higher percentage shots.

Also, the reason Bowen started over Ginobli and Finley is because he was an absolute pest on the defensive end on the floor. I would love Marvin if he consistently brought that kind of defensive intensity, but Marvin is mediocre on both ends of the floor.

kwooden1

June 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

I would take Chills in a second, he’s my first option to fill our #2 priority which is picking-up a starting SF. I would put Marvin on the bench, move Bibby to 3rd string PG and make Crawford the 2nd string PG. If Teague struggles we’re back to last years line-up of Crawford and Bibby at PG, but Mo Evans has to play SG. The really issue I see with signing Chills is the money. We’ll have to go over the luxury tax to sign him, even at his qualifying offer level. I don’t think the ASG wants to do that, so Chills will probably end-up being part of a sign-and-trade.

This should be a crazy summer, with so many options available.

GO HAWKS!

i_am_soulstar

June 21st, 2010
1:57 pm

I think Childress can be persuaded to re-join the Hawks amicably. A $4.8 mil QO isn’t bad money for a player of Childress’ perceived caliber, especially with him having been away for 2 years. He probably has more true value than the 4.8, but I’m not sure he’s gonna get any substantially higher offers in this market.

I’m sure that was the point made during negotiations last time, but maybe the man just wants some old-fashioned R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Rick Sund needs to be a SALESMAN, a guy who can sell water to a whale. If Sund can multi-task, and focusing on retaining Joe and wooing Chills simultaneously, we might be able to keep one or both.

Money’s definitely a factor, but it’s also all about the apporach. Approach him again on the “I dare you to find something better” tip, and he’ll be headed back to Europe. Chill’s is an intelligent guy, Sund needs to stop trying to play him for a chump.

But then again, I guess that’s the kind of thinking that had him packing his bags for Greece in the 1st place.