It seems no one outside of Atlanta can believe the Hawks really are willing to stick with this group and see how far it can go. So the trade rumors keep percolating.
The latest comes from Hawks blog legend Sekou, who floated a rumor that the Pistons and Hawks were discussing a deal for Tayshaun Prince and someone else (possibly Will Bynum) for Jamal and Teague.
MLive.com’s Chris Iott shot down that rumor and also the bogus Josh talk. The day prior Iott’s colleague, Justin Rogers, explored the Josh situation and wrote: “Predictably, Atlanta management shot the rumor down. That certainly doesn’t mean it’s off the table . . .”
Well, sure it does, since it was never on the table to begin with, as Iott reinforces. Can we at least wait to see if the Hawks fall apart before trying to trade them all away?
Links from around the Association . . .
That Hawks W at Cleveland is looking a bit better now that the Cavs have won three straight, all on the road. The Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd notes that Cleveland had a full contingent of healthy players for the first time at New Jersey last night, with Antawn Jamison accepting a bench role and playing well. . . .
The Hawks check in at No. 7 in John Hollinger’s latest power rankings at ESPN.com. . . .
The Jazz came back from 19 down to beat the Heat. In Miami. With Paul Milsap going off for 46 points. . . .
Mitch Lawrence of the Daily News in New York writes that the Hawks are “one of several prime candidates for the contraction chopping block” but aren’t making a good case for David Stern case by signing J.J. and extending Al. This is of course assuming Stern is serious about contraction and not just using it as a negotiating ploy with the players. . . .
Mo, a Players Association honcho, thinks that exactly what it is and he sure doesn’t agree with Stern’s contention that player salaries need to be rolled back by up to $800 million. . . .
Al has a bilingual blog at NBA.com.