Atlanta Hawks: Wings are the thing

The Hawks are interested in free agent forward Anthony Randolph, as reported today by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The Hawks also remain in contact with the Magic about trade possibilities for Dwight Howard.

But the more pressing concern for the Hawks is signing a small forward after they agreed to trade away Marvin Williams and Joe Johnson.

“We have to look at the wing area to bring somebody in that can help us,” Drew said. “With having the six spots filled [including] the two draft picks on the roster, solidifying on the wing becomes more of a priority than a ‘big.’ We could add another big but, right now, certainly the priority is strengthening the wing area and then possibly adding another big.”

As things stand now, Atlanta’s options include playing one of Josh Smith, Anthony Morrow or DeShawn Stevenson at small forward. Smith was able to play the wing effectively in certain matchups last season but neither he nor Morrow or Stevenson is a natural for the position.

The Hawks are interested in Rashard Lewis and Courtney Lee. They’ve also reportedly inquired about O.J. Mayo.

Other free-agent wings still on the board include Matt Barnes, Grant Hill, Carlos Delfino, Antawn Jamison, Mickael Pietrus, C.J. Miles and Tracy McGrady.

The Hawks can offer a contract that starts as high as the non-taxpayer mid-level exception maximum of $5 million. It appears that the first wave of free-agent signings isn’t quite over as players look for money and/or contending teams to join. The Hawks could still be a pretty good team next season but clearly no longer are as attractive to free agents as they were last season, when they could sell the possibility of a strong postseason run.

With that in mind, expect the Hawks to zero in on free agents to sign once the market settles.

“There’s been some surprising things that have happened with free agents,” Drew said. “Our stand is just to continue to look at possibilities that can help our ball club. There are still some interesting names out there. We’ve had contact with a number of free agents and we want to bring in guys that can play right away, whether they start or come off the bench.”

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Swingman912

July 6th, 2012
4:50 pm

kwooden

July 6th, 2012
4:58 pm

I would go for a healthy Delfino.

northcyde

July 6th, 2012
4:59 pm

The Hawks will not “splurge” on a free agent this year. Your new SF in ATL will be this guy, who will play on the Haws summer league team.

northcyde

July 6th, 2012
5:00 pm

And I see that Big Ray was in BEAST MODE earlier today . . lol.

Rick James

July 6th, 2012
5:01 pm

Gerald Green…Young,cheap and at times a show shopper.

ntrigue

July 6th, 2012
5:02 pm

We someone that can drive to the basket and defend. Mickael Pietrus or Grant Hill hopefully they test Pap Sy out at SF also.

Big Ray

July 6th, 2012
5:04 pm

Got cut off on the last blog…don’t feel like repeating myself, either.

Northcyde ,

You really think so, or are you being a smarta$$, lol….no really, interested in your thoughts…as always.

Big Ray

July 6th, 2012
5:11 pm

Northcyde ,

I just can’t help myself sometimes, bro’. :lol:

I really wonder what we’ll do as far as the SF position goes. I can see Delfino or somebody like that coming in. Wonder about the center position as well (assuming no Dwight, that is). Don’t wanna see Jason Collins or Dampier types anymore. Oh wait, I forgot we get Johan Petro in that trade of JJ…. sigh

Sherewshevsky

July 6th, 2012
5:12 pm

Of the guys listed for small forward, get Matt Barnes. He’s 6′7″, plays tough D, decent shooting % and rebounder. Attitude similar to Ivan Johnson, which is good.

Big Ray

July 6th, 2012
5:12 pm

Aight, I’m out for a while….gotta go do the family thing with the wife and kids at the bowling alley….it’ll be fun, because I’m as bad at this as the kids are….youtube-worthy…

Ryan

July 6th, 2012
5:14 pm

A CP3, Jenkins, Mayo, Josh, Dwight line up would be a bit nasty.

TMACfan

July 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

TMAC ain’t coming back. sigh

A Pimp Named Slickback!

July 6th, 2012
5:22 pm

SuckerFree

July 6th, 2012
5:22 pm

Larry Drew is so stupid…..can’t stand him

A Pimp Named Slickback!

July 6th, 2012
5:23 pm

Still don’t know if Josh will be here after next season if CP3 & D12 don’t come to the ATL.

trint

July 6th, 2012
5:24 pm

So who will drew have to dribble the.clock down now that jk is gone. How long do we think ferry stays with drew

Ernest

July 6th, 2012
5:26 pm

Antawn Jamison would be intriguing. We do seem to have an affinity for UNC players. If this is truly a ’stop gap’, get someone that plays tough D away from the basket, with defending Lebron in mind.

SuckerFree

July 6th, 2012
5:34 pm

Grant Hill appeals the most to me and even Antawn Jamison.

Anthony Randolph is a must though. Stupid Drew doesn’t seem to think so with his love affair with Jason Collins.

I’m so sick and tired of hearing folks talking about a center. There are two centers in this league worth anything. That’s Bynum and Howard. Every other team IT DOESN”T MATTER. KG & Chris Bosh play center…it’s not that serious. All you need is a 610 guy with length and some strength. Not to mention we already have Zaza Pachulia who is a legitimate center that can bang and rebound.

Al Horford is just going to have to play center or do everyone a favor and demand a trade.

Just put out 5 basketball players and be done with the positions.

Teague, Harris, Smith, Randolph, Horford

There’s the starting 5

Jimmy Crack

July 6th, 2012
5:34 pm

“The Hawks could still be a pretty good team next season but clearly no longer are as attractive to free agents as they were last season, when they could sell the possibility of a strong postseason run.”

Who said that, Mr. Rainy Face? Maybe we could gel with a few new pieces and shock the NBA instead of slitting our wrists in July?

Tim

July 6th, 2012
5:34 pm

Go with what you got!!!! Fill the roster with 1 yr/ minimum salaries and plan for next year draft and free agency. Also, look for quaility offer for Josh Smith. Completely start over, except for Horford.

Just Joe

July 6th, 2012
5:35 pm

Pietrus. Not sure he would come here though.

Don’t sleep on my boy Pape Sy though. He’s got a two year deal waiting on him in France, but he’s got a free out if the Hawks offer a guaranteed contract.

Watch Kyle Korver too, if the Bulls let him go.

Tim

July 6th, 2012
5:36 pm

Also, let Ferry bring his own coach in to oversee the new start!!!!

pointguardslim

July 6th, 2012
5:45 pm

Josh ain’t coming back then simple as that.

OJ Mayo is a small forward and Josh Smith isn’t? Courtney Lee? Rashard Lewis is a natural?

Is Smith a natural power forward bringing the ball up averaging 4 assists per game and struggling to score over power forwards outside of jumpshots?

Come on now. Smith is a small forward.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm9jw1wiZUM

pointguardslim

July 6th, 2012
5:46 pm

Just Joe

July 6th, 2012
5:47 pm

A few plugs for summer league prospect Jordan Taylor. I saw one report that said he’s the all time NCAA leader in assist to turnover ratio. At the combine, he scored equal or better than Marquis Teague in the agility drill and the 3/4 court sprint. Hawks didn’t work him out, but Ferry and the Spurs did. 14 reps on the bench. 36 inch vertical.

Just Joe

July 6th, 2012
5:49 pm

Jordan Taylor & Devin Harris, both former Wisconsin Badgers.

hawksfancents95

July 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

ugghh, i liked anthony randolph when he was coming into the league aka perry jones 3 body and play style. but he is at best a backup PF and we dont need anymore of those. we need a real SF not a 6′6 SG forced to play SF. we should have included gerald green in that trade with Brooklyn as he seems to be understanding his role in this league better now.
of the SF names MC listed, i could see rashard lewis as a good starting SF for us and maybe grab CJ Miles or matt barnes as backups. i think grant hill just passed his expiration date and antwaan jamison is no SF, id like TMAC back but thats not gona happen.

need to trade devin harris for a SG or SF asap

prison mike

July 6th, 2012
5:53 pm

Peaches all day in the peach capital of the world out of all places. Look for Alonzo Gee too.

The Real cp

July 6th, 2012
5:55 pm

I really dont want to see Stevenson in a Hawks uni. Grant Hill isnt a bad option but I think he will go play with Nash. I like Randolph so I hope the Hawks sign him. Maybe T-Mac comes back. I dont think he will get many offers.

hawksfancents95

July 6th, 2012
5:56 pm

just joe. jordan taylor was a heralded prospect out of minneapolis area if i remember correctly.
anyone that plays for bo ryan will understand the concepts of playing as a collective unit,defense, and determination. bo ryan can coach with anyone

Rod from College Park

July 6th, 2012
5:57 pm

Gerald Green should be the guy you go after. Really not that hard to understand.

Only takes 5

July 6th, 2012
5:57 pm

Danny Man, keep doing what you are doing. Be the architect of a great team in Atlanta. l believe in you and your abilities. l remain patient with all my Atlanta Sport Organizatiions to display great talent on the field of battle. Just do it! Danny

pointguardslim

July 6th, 2012
5:58 pm

Suckerfree Hibbert will injure you, Perkins will beat you up. Marc Gasol is a big center.

Do you want to put your best talent against the physical goons of the NBA, night in night out? Thats stupid.
Same goes for Josh who gets a balky knee 2 playoffs in a row now. It’s taxing to play guys out of position all season long.

Josh Smith plays as a small forward and plays well then the team becoimes more a defensive team and if the team wins this means Josh Smith is an All Star.

Lets say : 16ppg, 48% FG%, 8rpg, 1.7bpg, 1.3 spg. If we sign Elton to pair with Josh and Horford thats a 46 win team. Book it.

LD has no idea what he’s talking about.

MC, Josh Smith has 3.8 Offensive Win Shares in the last 2 seasons combined. How can you say he’s not a natural SF? When we have been successful and not had a jumbled mess of long 2 point jumpers with it.

IF Smith does not change positions you just went from Joe Johnson to Deshawn Stevenson and no other changes. 1.9 Offensive Wins per season is a massive fail and facade of Josh at the PF.

His defense efficiency has been stellar but there is no reason that should change with added size he has shown to be a shotblocking menace at the wing.

So my question iF Smith isnt the SF now Are the Hawks tanking?
#Hawksbasketball.

pointguardslim

July 6th, 2012
6:02 pm

“As things stand now, Atlanta’s options include playing one of Josh Smith, Anthony Morrow or DeShawn Stevenson at small forward. Smith was able to play the wing effectively in certain matchups last season but neither he nor Morrow or Stevenson is a natural for the position. ”

Yeah Josh Smith was guarding and pissing off Kevin Durant. 6′10 athletic with a 7′5 wingspan isnt a “natural” SF either. And Lebron James at 260 lbs isn’t a natural SF. And neither was Shawn Marion.

I think you misplaced natural with mediocre. And I fail to see how 8ppg injured Rashard Lewis is a natural option over Josh Smith.

This franchise is going back to the doldrums of complacency and unwilling to fight for what is there’s.

Josh will leave if you didn’t clear the wings for him but rather Courtney Lee to play his All Star poosition, small forward.

Josh would tear Iguodala a new one.

Barton

July 6th, 2012
6:03 pm

Cautionary tale out of Dallas this year.. we don’t want to bank our future on free agents we don’t have yet.. we won’t be the only team with cap space next summer. These are some crazy line ups yall are throwing out. Go play 2k12 with that speculation.

pointguardslim

July 6th, 2012
6:07 pm

Jeff Teague – Devin Harris
Anthony Morrow – John Jenkins
Josh Smith – Rashard Lewis
Horford – Mike Scott
Dalembert – Zaza Pachulia

MC is Okafor a 2013 FA? I think he has a Team Option?

ATL Sports Pessimist

July 6th, 2012
6:09 pm

I hope it’s only a one year deal for an SF. Would hate to compromise our chances at CP3 or DH12

pointguardslim

July 6th, 2012
6:12 pm

nvm I just checked.

But we know how to stop Dwight if he goes to Brooklyn. Obviously you dont want to be caught playing small ball then. Or playing small with Miami. You have zero post options now Joe is gone.

You have to put Smith in the position to get double teams and easy shots. Good and Easy shots are not double teaming Joe and then kicking out to Smith at the top of the key

drmaryb.(""_*).

July 6th, 2012
6:14 pm

JR CRickets! – “Chicken is Chicken … But The Wing is The Thing”

MC!

Imma’ call JR Crickets and turn in your Playa’ Card.

Rufus1

July 6th, 2012
6:27 pm

Remember this article if we don’t sign D12…. It will sound the same except they will say, “they are the Hawks, did they really think could sign an elite free agent… Ha, ha”

http://www.foxsportssouthwest.com/07/05/12/So-this-is-what-financial-flexibility-lo/landing_mavericks.html?blockID=756680&feedID=9242

Runner-

July 6th, 2012
6:29 pm

Agree 100%, Delfino is probably the best option for the best price at this point. T-Mac was too inconsistent last season and we shouldn’t bring him back. Delfino will = Williams but at a much cheaper rate and a much higher work ethic. GO HAWKS!!!

THE IMMORTAL...I MUS WRITE

July 6th, 2012
6:30 pm

Trade Devin Harris to Memphis for Mayo – To play the SG, He is not a SF.Morrow off the pine and Mayo starting works.

Peitrus -would be my choice but he will probably sign with LA or Boston.
Delfino would be my second choice.
Gerald Green- If his head is right he is an upgrade over the artist formerly know as #24

Stevenson……..Ehhh

northcyde

July 6th, 2012
6:31 pm

pointguardslim

July 6th, 2012
5:45 pm

Josh ain’t coming back then simple as that.

OJ Mayo is a small forward and Josh Smith isn’t? Courtney Lee? Rashard Lewis is a natural?

Is Smith a natural power forward bringing the ball up averaging 4 assists per game and struggling to score over power forwards outside of jumpshots?

Come on now. Smith is a small forward.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm9jw1wiZUM

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The funny thing is that Smith is playing CENTER in that clip. I guess he got matched up on Fields because of an infamous Woody switch. Didn’t help that neither Melo or Amare rotated to help Fields.

PD

July 6th, 2012
6:32 pm

I agree the center position in the NBA is a specialist position rebounding and shot blocking. Or Miami’s or Boston’s you move your 4 to the 5. But our 4 (Horford) wants to complain about being out of position

donte080

July 6th, 2012
6:37 pm

A little over-dramatic stating Horford has “complained” about anything….

Now for those who want OJ Mayo, you might want to do some research on his history of “complaining” and excuse making….not a good guy to have at all….

tyger

July 6th, 2012
6:40 pm

A. Randolph – has some SF skills, freaky athlete…
D. Stevenson – no, move on quickly as possible…
Rashard Lewis – interesting, health?, defense?…

SF is a hustle position, whomever cant be lazy…
Must defend, slash and stretch the floor…
I like Vladi Radmanovic…poor man’s R.Lewis…

Backcourt upgraded w/ Devin Harris…
With Harris we beat Boston, no airballs…

Morrow/Jenkins – adequate, smallish…
Hate to see superstars come to town…
Kobe, Wade, LBJ, Melo, Vinsanity, JJ, Iggy…
It wont be pretty to say the least…

Horford/Smith/Zaza – excellent vet frontline…
Petro – is he any better than Damp/Collins…
I like Damp/Collins…14yr vets @ 85%…
Enforcers keep the “moistness” down…
Elbows dont show up on the stat sheet…

Anyone else notice KG dont yap at Dampier?…

Rick James

July 6th, 2012
6:43 pm

@Rod from College Park

Gerald Green should be the guy you go after. Really not that hard to understand
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Thank you..Maybe only you and I know who he is and what he can do.

Kl3ub

July 6th, 2012
6:43 pm

GERALD GREEN!!!

NORRIS CHUCK

July 6th, 2012
6:43 pm

Im down for Delfino or Barnes or Randolph…heck anybody but Marvin.

Marcus

July 6th, 2012
6:53 pm

This will probably make the 4th mention in as many Hawks blogs (between MC and M. Bradley) but HOU has an overload of frontcourt players and they can’t sign/pay them all.
I saw on ESPN Bottom Line that they just signed their 2011 draft pick, a Forward from Europe. This on top of three Fs in the ‘12 draft (R. White, T. Jones, and a Euro from Turkey) + three Fs obtained by trade (Brockman, Lauer, dude from TOR in K. Lowery deal) plus maybe 5 incumbents including L. Scola, P. Patterson, Chandler Parsons, etc. Most of them, outside Scola, are 25 or under and have 3 years or less experience (e.g. Young, cheap talent)
Somebody has gotta shake loose due to the numbers game, or the are loading up for a big trade.