Atlanta Hawks: Point guard search includes Devin Harris

Los Angeles–It seems Hawks GM Rick Sund has cast a wide net in the team’s search for a bona fide point guard.

In addition to Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions, the Hawks also have inquired about New Jersey’s Devin Harris. Those discussions could pick up now that Harris won’t be going to Denver as part of a deal for ‘Melo, who was traded to the Knicks tonight.

Harris, who turns 27 28 on Sunday, would meet Atlanta’s desire for a capable defender who also can push the pace and create shots for others. But he makes $9.3 million in 2011-12, and adding his salary to the roughly $65 million Atlanta has committed for next season would push Atlanta’s payroll above the current luxury-tax threshold (which could change in the new CBA). Harris also is owed $8.5 million in 2012-13.

It’s not clear whom the Hawks would offer for Harris. Jamal Crawford seems to be the obvious candidate because his expiring $10.1 million contract would allow the Nets to carve out even more cap space for next season–they have just $37 million in committed salaries. Also, the Nets are said to be one of the teams interesting in signing Crawford if he becomes a free agent this summer. But so far there’s been no indication that Sund is looking to move Crawford.

The Hawks also figure to have competition to acquire Harris. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted tonight: “Dallas, Denver and New Jersey have discussed three-way that would land Harris with Mavs and Felton and Mozgov with Nets, source says.”

However, David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com later tweeted: “Nuggets will NOT move Gallo/Mozgov to NJ. ‘We got these guys to play for the Nuggets,’ GM Masai Ujiri says.”

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports tweeted: “Portland considering sending G Andre Miller and C Joel Pryzbilla to New Jersey for G Devin Harris and C Troy Murphy, sources tell Y! Sports”

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Cali OG

February 22nd, 2011
12:10 am

Cali OG

February 22nd, 2011
12:15 am

Get creative Rick Sund and earn your keep…

Jay

February 22nd, 2011
12:15 am

the hawks better get devin harris for teague or jordan crawford not jamal crawford! the east is getting more intense ! they need to make some trades NOW!!! RICK SUND WAKE UP MAN ! TRADES MOVES !!!

RayBud

February 22nd, 2011
12:24 am

Let’s get harris. Rick Sund, don’t tease us like this!!!! I must say that the Hawks will give up Marvin, Josh, or Jamal to get Harris. They may throw in a player like teague, JC2, bibby, or zaza along with a pick. Someone’s going to be stacked up next year and NJ and Denver futures still look bright.

Worldwide Clyde

February 22nd, 2011
12:27 am

*yawn*

All talk no action

kirkinga

February 22nd, 2011
12:29 am

I know it’s cliche, but in the NBA, no superstars=no championship.

We’ve gotten rid of the excuse that coaching was the limiting factor for this team and now it’s time to face up to some realities that have been apparent for some time, but have been resisted by management and part of the fan base as well.

Clearly the Hawks are going to have to cut into the “core”. I’m not confident Sund is the guy to do the cutting. Then again, we can all just be happy making it (presumably) to the 2nd Round for the next few seasons while the trade value of some players decreases.

Air Zaza

February 22nd, 2011
12:36 am

They are just calling just cause, anyway hire Kevin Pritchard. He could do better than anything we’ve ever had.

qlb

February 22nd, 2011
12:37 am

If you look at the salaries that the Hawks have coming off their payroll over the next season they realistically would have enough money to give D12 a contract comparable to JJ. I would love a twin towers situation like the Spurs had. I hate to admit it but Horford,D12, Marvin, JJ, Sessions would be better than what we have now. I love Josh Smith but he is not working out with the Hawks because they not utilizing him properly. At least with D12 and Al Horford they would play inside out and kick it out to JJ to shoot. Only thing with this they would have to build their bench with not a lot of salary JC2 could replace JC1 though if groomed properly.

Tremaine

February 22nd, 2011
12:37 am

The hawks just became the 6th best team in the east. Time for Sund to earn his paycheck. Harris, Felton, Sessions, Miller are all on the block. Nene would be a nice fit in ATL also.

northcyde

February 22nd, 2011
12:38 am

I’ll believe it when I see it.

But that is the type of player that ( if you’re going to move Jamal ) you should be able to get in return. But a team that says that it’s committed to operating under the Luxury Tax, especially when we have no idea how low the salary cap will be set in the next collective bargaining agreement, would NOT make a move like that.

So as of now, I agree with Clyde

“All talk, no action”

Prove us wrong ASG and Sund.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
12:38 am

If it can be done without giving up Smoove, it’s a no-brainer.

ReddJonn68

February 22nd, 2011
12:42 am

Without a a bonafide PG, we are not a factor in the East!

Luke M

February 22nd, 2011
12:43 am

I’d be for it. What about Ray Felton? Word is Nuggets are trying to move him.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
12:44 am

How likely is it that the new CBA even has a luxury tax?

From what I see, it’s only budget-conscious teams like the Hawks that care about the luxury tax in the first place. The big-market, big-spending teams the luxury tax is designed to target, like Boston, LA, Dallas, New York, Miami, etc. don’t seem to give two sh-ts about going over the threshold. From what I can see, the tax seems to hurt small market teams more than it helps them. MC, how likely do you think it is that there is no luxury tax in the next CBA?

Seems to me it would be a better idea to have both a soft cap and a hard cap, where teams would be allowed to exceed the soft cap via the current exceptions, but wouldn’t be allowed to exceed the hard cap under any circumstances.

ole hawk's fan

February 22nd, 2011
12:44 am

The Hawks just dropped below Da Knicks…………………..what else is new. This team will never make it to the eastern conference finals with the current roster. I wish Arthur Blank would buy this TEAM.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
12:46 am

“What about Ray Felton? Word is Nuggets are trying to move him.”

I’d actually prefer Felton over Harris, considering that Felton is a better shooter and defender. I think his strengths fit the Hawks better than Harris’ strengths. And Felton is plenty quick enough himself, even if he doesn’t have Harris’ quickness or ability to get to the line.

Mike

February 22nd, 2011
12:47 am

Hawks have to do something, they know that now. We cant stay put. Sund, please call NJ, Denver, and Phoenix too. Heck, let talk to Utah while we at it.

Mike

February 22nd, 2011
12:49 am

88hawksfan

February 22nd, 2011
12:50 am

That settles it then. Teague is not the future and Bibby is about to be the past. I feel bad for those 2 players, Bibby more than Teague because Teague has not proven himself. Teague is not the point guard of the future for the Hawks. Drafting him was a huge mistake for which we have to atone. Sorry Teague, but you’re just not that good and I am not so into you. Now if we could just kick Zaza’s behind out of town. He served us well in the past, but he hinders us now.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
12:50 am

Here we go. Let’s make it happen.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4heyrra

I still haven’t given up on getting the expiring players from the Pistons. I really, really think they would help this team big time.

Gilk

February 22nd, 2011
12:51 am

Sund, the fan base is watching! Go get Felton or Harris period. I would prefer Felton. Plus maybe he wakes up old UNC teammate Marvin Williams!

Give up Crawford and Teague (and even a #1 pick) to get back Harris and Petro from NJ or Felton and Birdman from Denver.

No PG, no real threat in da East!

K.W.

February 22nd, 2011
12:51 am

I’ll be surprised if the Hawks actually make a trade.

bigdave

February 22nd, 2011
12:53 am

i think Denver would take Crawford’s expiring for Felton straight up and down..

i want the kid from South Cakalacky, go get Felton.

doesnt he just have another year on his deal?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
12:54 am

For that matter, even Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla for Jamal would be a good short term trade for the Hawks.

bigdave

February 22nd, 2011
12:57 am

2 years remaining @ 7 mill for Felton..

shiiiiiiid… thats the move..

Shake Something

February 22nd, 2011
12:57 am

I say Harris is better than Felton,but as stated earlier, “All talk,No action”..Hawks are the 6th best team in the East, with the Sixers threatening.

Jamal & a 2nd for Harris

Zaza and a first for Robin Lopez

northcyde

February 22nd, 2011
12:57 am

I saw that SI article that Lewis posted in the other thread.

Just so you guys know, this is our overall record in March the past 3 years:

30 – 19

This is our March home record:

23 – 5

Some of you can abandon or doubt the team if you want, but those “good teams” have to come to US, not us to them. We got 12 games in March, and maybe 2 of them are so-called “cake walks”. The rest are against good teams. LOL . . then we play the Celtics on April Fool’s day.

If it’s any time to support the Hawks and go see games, it will be in March. That schedule is absolutely outstanding, if you want to see how the Hawks stand up against the good and elite teams.

Bring those mo-fos on.

mario

February 22nd, 2011
12:57 am

Devin Harris is good but where is the big man we need! Rick Sund if you are reading this we need size hellooooo!

slimjr

February 22nd, 2011
12:58 am

The Hawks are toast!!!!!
“Spot on..the easiest schedule by far the first 2/3 of the season, and now the toughest…future opponents are at .550….here we go!”

Yes, the real Hawks will be revealed and it will not be pretty down the stretch! Down goes Frazier!

mario

February 22nd, 2011
12:59 am

Robin Lopez and D. Harris

qlb

February 22nd, 2011
1:00 am

Memphis trying to get rid of Thabeet maybe we can get him for cheap or maybe Marc Gasol he is a 7 Footer. Sund need to make something happen I would like Ray Felton and Denver will be tryin to get rid of him cause they have Ty Lawson.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
1:00 am

“Some of you can abandon or doubt the team if you want, but those “good teams” have to come to US, not us to them. We got 12 games in March, and maybe 2 of them are so-called “cake walks”. The rest are against good teams. LOL . . then we play the Celtics on April Fool’s day.”

“Doubting” and “abandoning” are two completely different things.

I hope the fact that these games are at home matters as much this year as it has in past years. The Hawks under Woody dominated at home and were mediocre on the road. The Hawks this year haven’t played any better at home than on the road, and you could even make the argument that they have been worse.

No doubt there are a TON of good games on the slate in March though. I’ll be there for at least a few of them.

slimjr

February 22nd, 2011
1:00 am

11-18 in the playoff’s the past 3 yrs….enough said..

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
1:05 am

The trade machine hasn’t processed the Melo trade yet, but I think Jamal and Teague to Detroit, Prince and a Hawks first rounder to the Nuggets, and Felton/T-Mac/Ben Wallace to the Hawks would work.

EmirS.

February 22nd, 2011
1:05 am

I dont think it’s fair to say “All talk, No Action”. Seeing as tho we have all been on Sund for not even considering making any moves, the fact that he has even “inquired” about getting Harris or even Sessions, shows atleast a bit of progress.

Now given the subject, you all still do realize that getting either PG wont improve us to the status of elite, contenders, or even ECF ready at all. We still have no depth. Unless Sund finds a way to pull a rabbit out of his briefs, I don’t see us as making much noise in the playoffs, until we get depth.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2011
1:06 am

I just flipped from ESPN to USA right now because I got tired of hearing about Melo, and in the beginning of this Law and Order episode the guy who is about to get murked has a Jamal Crawford Knicks jersey framed on the wall. That was unexpected…

Jamaaliver

February 22nd, 2011
1:11 am

Devin Harris for Jamal Crawford is definitely a good deal for us. It seems to easy, I’m sure NJ would requre some additional compensation in addition to Crawford’s expiring salary.

MC, any chance Ray Felton could be a target of the Hawks?

Is it just me or is NJ’s new owner, the russian billionaire, not doing a very good job of selling his vision of a global leaderin New Jersey.

MJ49

February 22nd, 2011
1:12 am

I Hope The Hawks make a move. Nique hopes they make a move, Mookie & Smitty hope they make a move also, every Hawks contending team seemed to be a move away, And its funny our goal is ECF and Bostons, Miamis, Orlandos, Dallas, LAs, etc focus is getting to the Finals

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Shake Something

February 22nd, 2011
1:15 am

Devin Harris, Robin Lopez, Tracy Mcgrady, and Ben Wallace gives us a better chance than what we got and can make some noise..Possibly lose Crawford,Zaza,Evans and Teague if we include picks..

Starters:

1-Harris
2-Joe
3-Josh
4-Horford
5-Lopez

Bench:Bibby,T Mac,Marvin,Wallace

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yodaddy

February 22nd, 2011
1:27 am

make the move….

then buyout Rasual Butler with the trade exception….make it happen

Big Ray

February 22nd, 2011
1:34 am

Some of you can abandon or doubt the team if you want, but those “good teams” have to come to US, not us to them. We got 12 games in March, and maybe 2 of them are so-called “cake walks”. The rest are against good teams. LOL . . then we play the Celtics on April Fool’s day.

If it’s any time to support the Hawks and go see games, it will be in March. That schedule is absolutely outstanding, if you want to see how the Hawks stand up against the good and elite teams.

Bring those mo-fos on.

Northcyde , love the attitude. And I wish you could bottle it and sell it to the team, because what I’m hearing right now is two team captains saying there are no excuses…and that’s about it.

Doubt the team? Yeah, sometimes. Abandon them? Never. But that’s just my own personal view. I get doubts from losing at home by 41 points to a team that isn’t better than you, and from giving up 23 point leads to teams that aren’t better than you.

Hopefully, it isn’t just the fans who show up to see what they’re made of. I think we’d all like it if the team did so as well…

Grandad

February 22nd, 2011
1:40 am

My sincere thanks to Michael Cunningham.
Your work is much appreciated.

Big Ray

February 22nd, 2011
1:42 am

I dont think it’s fair to say “All talk, No Action”. Seeing as tho we have all been on Sund for not even considering making any moves, the fact that he has even “inquired” about getting Harris or even Sessions, shows atleast a bit of progress.

Picking up the phone and talking IS just talking, and not acting. If talk is all that happens, then there is no action. And, it’s not at all hard to pick up the phone and talk. I’m sure you’ve done it plenty of times, probably sometimes just for idle chat. Action is when you commit to do something, and find a way to get it done. Even if it’s not right away.

Now given the subject, you all still do realize that getting either PG wont improve us to the status of elite, contenders, or even ECF ready at all. We still have no depth. Unless Sund finds a way to pull a rabbit out of his briefs, I don’t see us as making much noise in the playoffs, until we get depth.

You are absolutely right. But, this is the kind of move that helps you get started in the direction you need to go in. I’ll give you two examples: the Miami Heat, and now the New York Knicks.

The Heat have enough star power to be a major force in the East, but I don’t think they have the literal “guts” to win it all. By guts, I mean depth. But, they built what they wanted/needed to get things going. Now, they have to fill in the pieces in the offseason.

The Knicks pretty much did the same thing. They made moves to acquire talent such as Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks won’t win anything of particular note this year, but they’ll be as busy (if not busier) than the Heat this offseason, filling in the gaps.

Of course, Atlant has a lot of the talent they need already. We don’t necessarily need a star player, we have two all-stars and one that is an all-star when his head is on straight (which has been a hell of a lot more often these days than in the past). But, we struggle with the two more important positions in the NBA (center and pg), mostly because our C/PF is a bit on the small side and now has taken that very attitude, and our pg is below what we need him to be.

Getting a better pg sets us up much better for the offseason work. Not getting one does NOTHING for us, now or in the offseason, where moves available now will no longer be available.

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Mitun

February 22nd, 2011
1:49 am

I would love to see Devin Harris to come to Atlanta but we need a big man to matchup Dwight Howard.

here are the following how I would trade players

Hawks received Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Theo Ratliff
Lakers recieved Josh Smith, Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia

Mitun

February 22nd, 2011
1:50 am

for the PG, I would target Chris Paul during the offseason

tjhook

February 22nd, 2011
2:00 am

Devin Harris for Jamal Crawford?! I love watching Crawford but that deal should be done. PGs are too hard to come by and that argument can be put to bed concerning the Hawks. Harris, Johnson, Smith and Horford is a good promotion to fans. We can search for another scorer off the bench- Hell, we could find somebody from overseas or the Developmental League

Jae Evolution

February 22nd, 2011
2:03 am

Oh man, I was excited at the thought of us acquiring Sessions from Cleveland for minimum, but Devin Harris would completely be the best thing to happen to this team in past years. He would instantly take the starting role from Bibby and if we were to give up Jamal Crawford and say Mo Evans, we could acquire the Rook we drafted originally Damion James, who would be nothing but a bright spot for our future and maybe earn a few minutes here and there.