LIVE DRAFT BLOG: Hawks have a few hours to wait (UPDATE: Hawks expected to get Jordan Crawford in trade)

Derrick Favors gets a few interviews out of the way before heading to . . . New Jersey?

Derrick Favors gets a few interviews out of the way before heading to . . . New Jersey?

(UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. The Hawks drafted Texas forward Damion James with the 24th pick in the draft. But they are going to complete a trade with the New Jersey Nets for the 27th pick, Jordan Crawford of Xavier, and the 31st pick. Getting a Crawford is huge for the Hawks because he gives them bench scoring. He had a great NCAA tournament and he’s also the player who dunked on LeBron James in a summer camp last year. I’ll be posting a new column soon.)

Welcome to generally the scariest day in Atlanta Hawks’ history, and we speak of course of . . . the . . . draft! (Cue organ music . . . thunder clap . . . loud shrieks from the top of the stair case.)

OK, OK. Actually, things have gotten better in recent years with the drafts of Al Horford, Josh Smith, to a lesser degree Josh Childress, and potentially Jeff Teague. But the ugly history, which includes No. 1 picks like Shelden Williams, Cal Bowdler, Roshown McLeod, Ed Gray and Priest Lauderdale — and the non-drafting of Chris Paul — is tough to overcome.

I’ll be blogging live through the draft, so if you have any questions throw them at me. In the mean time, here are a few items of interest:

♦ Sorry, no Chris Paul (we think): Despite rumors flying of his possible availability — which were given an extra kick when he said he was open to a deal – New Orleans owner George Shinn released a statement, saying: “”We are about building and sustaining a winning tradition. Chris Paul is the cornerstone of our franchise and brings us unequaled support on and off the court. We will continue to build around Chris Paul, and we want to see him in a Hornets uniform for the remainder of his career.”

It’s worth noting that the words, “We will not trade Chris Paul,” aren’t in the statement. New Orleans Times-Picayune’s John DeShazier has a terrific column summarizing this sensitive topic with the Hornets. And yeah, I’m still wondering how a Josh Smith-for-Paul swap could re-shape the Hawks.

Our projected top 5 picks: 1.) Washington: John Wall, PG, Kentucky. 2.) Philadelphia: Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State. 3.) New Jersey: Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech; 4) Minnesota: Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse. 5. Sacramento: DeMarcus Cousins, C-PF, Kentucky.

Six names for the Hawks: It’s almost impossible to project the Hawks’ pick because they draft 24th and they don’t seem focused on one specific position. But here are a few names to look at: Xavier shooting guard Jordan Crawford, Florida State center Solomon Alabi, Marshall center Hassan Whiteside, France power forward Kevin Seraphin, Kentucky point guard Eric Bledsoe, South Florida shooting guard Dominique Jones.

♦ There are reports out of Greece that Josh Childress may sign an offer sheet with the Washington Wizards, which would set up a sign-and-trade scenario with the Hawks. But that report hasn’t been confirmed and general manager Rick Sund won’t be available for comment until after the Hawks pick.

Your free agency fix: Former Tech star Chris Bosh stated the obvious: That LeBron James will be the first domino to fall in this free agency class:  “Am I waiting on LeBron? Pretty much. I think everyone has to. I have to as well. … He’s a great player and I would be crazy to think that all the teams that are considering him, they would talk to somebody else first. I think everybody is going to be going at him first.”

That’s it for now. Check back later.

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561 comments Add your comment

Harvard Blue

June 24th, 2010
7:13 pm

Please don’t forget Hanno Mottola. I don’t know what round he was drafted in or how he was acquired but he has to rank near the top of the worst transactions the Hawks EVER made.

Marcus

June 24th, 2010
7:20 pm

jeff…. man you have a long wait tonite. Things wont get interesting (as it pertains to any guy we suspect to be in the #24 range) for a while.

truthspitter

June 24th, 2010
7:21 pm

Please trade Marvin, Teague, and Jamal, for Danny Granger and one of Indiana’s bad contract.

Benjamin

June 24th, 2010
7:22 pm

Looks like New Orleans has turned down some pretty hefty offers for Paul already, if rumors are true.

Would still love to be able to swing a J-Smoove for Paul deal, but can’t see it seeing where they’ve turned down bigger offers.

Re: the Hawks and Childress, I still don’t understand why he’d want to come back to the States to play for the Wizards. Seriously, Josh? You could be a key player on a division winning team, and you choose to go play with Gilbert Arenas and that mess of a franchise? Good riddance.

Jeff D.

June 24th, 2010
7:24 pm

I can’t wait for the 2nd round Eastern European pick that the Hawks love so much. (Do we have a 2nd pick?) What happened to the dude we drafted last year?

J.J.M.

June 24th, 2010
7:28 pm

If gilbert arenas contract wasnt so high the hawks would do a sign and trade with josh childress for gilbert arenas…why this would work? the wizards now have kurt heinrich and will draft john wall with the number 1 pick so they will look to move arenas

Jeff D.

June 24th, 2010
7:31 pm

truthspitter, do you have any coffee in the house?

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:31 pm

Harvard Blue — Good one. But there’s only so much space to go over the historical ugliness.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:32 pm

Marcus — I know. But I’ve got to bang out an early column for early editions of that old thing called a newspaper so I’m cool with waiting.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:32 pm

Truthspitter — Deal!

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:34 pm

Benjamin — I think Chills wants to come back in part because tax laws are changing anyway there and 2 years is enough. Wouldn’t think Wizards are his first choice, unless they’re offering more.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:34 pm

JJM — How about just swapping Arenas for a crate of sawed-off shotguns? It’s not happening.

Answer this Jeff

June 24th, 2010
7:35 pm

Give me a star that the Hawks could possibly deal for tonight! Throw a name out buddy

J.J.M.

June 24th, 2010
7:37 pm

lol@jeff thats cold…I thought about that but hes a good player and im about winning and giving people chances

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:38 pm

John Wall. My mock draft is still perfect! Seriously, great player.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 24th, 2010
7:39 pm

It is the NBA who really cares. The NBA can’t pay these guys the money because NOBODY really cares. The season is to long. The only time in the game that matters is the last 5 min. that take 20 min to play. WHO cares.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:39 pm

Answer this Jeff — No clue because I don’t think they want to take on salary and I know they don’t want to do anything of significance until the Joe Johnson situation is settled.

Answer this Jeff

June 24th, 2010
7:43 pm

Ok, Man i hope the hawks don’t resign JJ. I know they need bigs but they also need another who can put up big points without ball hogging!

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:44 pm

Two for two! (I know. Duh.) Now it gets interesting but pretty sure Derrick Favors is going next to Nets.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:45 pm

Answer this Jeff — That’s Drew’s biggest job.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:48 pm

Man Doug Collins looks old.

J.J.M.

June 24th, 2010
7:48 pm

im pretty sure joe is going to the bulls…play for the team jordan played for and hes on the jordan brand he will get all the nice jordan PE(player editions) shoes

Jeff D.

June 24th, 2010
7:48 pm

Jeff, any news on the Childress-McGee deal?

Pi$$onaDawg

June 24th, 2010
7:49 pm

HAHAHAHA Jeff. Have you looked in the mirror or do you just still see your AJC profile pic? Hahaha. I have to sahve I find more grey hair on my face and my head.

Big Ray

June 24th, 2010
7:49 pm

I’d love for Childress to sign up with the Wizards, and for us to benefit from it.

After having lost him for two years and not having gotten anything in return, it would be great to finally get something. I’d be ecstatic with the acquisition of Jevale McGhee but we’re more likely to get Randy Foye. Still better than nothing, which is precisely what we might get when Joe leaves….

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:49 pm

There goes Favors. Derrick, we hardly knew ye.

Jeff D.

June 24th, 2010
7:50 pm

Shultz says: Man Doug Collins looks old.

Leathery in fact! Like Jack Palance.

J.J.M.

June 24th, 2010
7:51 pm

im pretty sure joe will play for the bulls..I mean he can play for the team jordan played for and hes on the jordan brand that means he will get all the jordan PE(player edition) shoes

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Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:52 pm

Jeff D. — Right now it’s just a rumor coming out of Greece.

JSS

June 24th, 2010
7:52 pm

Thing that I’ll miss the most about Woody… Jeff’s writing about the Hawks again! Dag nab it!

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:53 pm

Jeff D. — Jack Palance. Ouch.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 24th, 2010
7:53 pm

Favors after takin only 24 semester hours at TECH do you feel smarter? I know you are now richer, but You will be broke in 10 years. What color Bentley do you have on hold at the Alpharetta dealership?l

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:53 pm

JSS — I wrote about them when Woody was here. How can you forget — you kept bugging me every time I did.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:55 pm

Wow, we’re flying — Wesley Johnson to Minnesota… DeMarcus Cousins possibly going next to Sacto.

Big Ray

June 24th, 2010
7:56 pm

Hey look, whaddaya know. John Wall got drafted first.

Big Ray

June 24th, 2010
7:57 pm

Pi$$onaDawg…not that I care about Favors, but wow do you sound like a hater…LOL

j

June 24th, 2010
7:57 pm

wish we could trade up for Cousins, no?

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
7:59 pm

J — 24th to 5th? Quite a leap.

JSS

June 24th, 2010
8:00 pm

Utah’s about to get really good!

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
8:00 pm

So far, no surprise. Now, it’s ALL a guessing game.

JSS

June 24th, 2010
8:02 pm

I didn’t forget, i was just hoping it was a nightmare!

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
8:02 pm

Cousins has a wingspan of 7-foot-5? Dang. Strap some engines under those arms.

eddiedawg

June 24th, 2010
8:03 pm

Hey Jeff-

Why would the Hornets even consider trading Paul for Smoove? I know the back up played for them, but please-he is the face of that franchise. And were serious about the Hawks trading for Paul, kepping JJ and then getting Lebron? If that happened, I would take out a second mortgage for season tix.

Realistically, I think we are screwed until a single owner buys this team.

j

June 24th, 2010
8:04 pm

I was thinking maybe we’d can trade josh for him or something, get a true? center and push horf to the 4

Pi$$onaDawg

June 24th, 2010
8:05 pm

Big RAY how many of these kids BLOW cash like water trying to be the BIG PLAYA. Buy mom a House Cool. Get a car that is nice but doesn’t draw attention GREAT. Buy LAND or Property, but not for you Posse to live in, but as an investment. How many Times have we seen it? Lotto winners broke after a few years and the same for Pro Athletes. Not a HATER! I just hate stupidity when you have a chance to do so much more for you community, than be the Rich FOOL. M. Bol gave back just because he knew it was the right thing to do.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
8:06 pm

Eddiedawg — Realistically, no, I don’t think the Hornets are trading Paul, for some of the reasons you outlined. But when a franchise is about to be sold (or may be sold), sometimes weird things happen.

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
8:08 pm

Anybody ever seen Ekpe Udoh play? Yeah, me neither … But I hear he’s a shot-blocker. (Actually, I just heard the dude on ESPN say that.)

Pi$$onaDawg

June 24th, 2010
8:09 pm

Jeff talking about being sold or in the Hawks situation looking for investors do you think the Hawks will do something Crazy or Big if someone is on the Board that they would trade-up for?

Jeff Schultz

June 24th, 2010
8:10 pm

Pi$$onaDawg — Careful.