Agreed, MarShon Brooks has to be part of the deal, that will be the tall tale sign of what kinda negotiator Danny Ferry really is for the organization. I actually like Anthony Morrow, he is a local guy from Charlotte who can shoot the rock. However, we addressed shooters in the draft by passing on PJIII for John Jenkins, so we need to get more physical inside guys like Brandon Bass, JJ Hickson, Anthony Randolph, are some young big men we could use. The make up of this team is not bad ,it is the fact we are so strapped for case we cannot even afford to sign decent role players. The proof is this year we only have a handful of guys under contract, we had no bench play at all so when you have a serious injury that problem is amplified.
What did you guys think of our draft picks?
Ok so now we got rid of the burden of Joe's contract... We also got rid of a positive (he could hit a shot when we needed it) and a negative (most unathletic 2 in the league and a clock killing ball pounder)... We also got rid of one of the most lethargic guys in the league in Williams. Go Hawks Go
I'm not sure we aren't better without these guys, even by getting 'spare parts'... Getting rid of Joe will let other guys develop and take ownership in this team. Maybe they fail, but it was beyond time to change things drastically.
And BTW, why in the world would the Lakers think Gasol is worth more than Smith? Makes no sense. Gasol is on his way down and quite frankly was never a dominate player. As many issues as I have had with Smith at times, I would never make that deal. And especially wouldn't give up a draft pick on top of it!!
Can't really say right now what the roster will look like...because Ferry may well not be done yet moving guys. Farmar will be bought out of his contract. I love Horford but I wouldn't rule out Ferry offering a package including Al and Teague to bring in you know who. I know Dwight has never expressed interest in playing in his hometown...let's be real...who could blame him. But things are different now...and that is a huge understatement. Throw in the fact that Josh Smith and Dwight are boys and you just never know.
I know one thing Hawks fans...right now the Hawks are basting in the spotlight and I'm loving it. This is really a first for the Hawks franchise and it's exciting so soak it up Hawks fans....we deserve it!
With just the 2 major trades Ferry has made, the Hawks have options...and lots of them. They have created future cap space...they have expiring contracts galore...and they also still have major trade pieces in Teague, Horford and Smith. I just can't see the Magic taking that deal from the Nets. Yes they would get 3 1st round picks...but those picks would be late first round picks. Lopez/Brooks or Horford/Teague.
Even if the Hawks don't get Howard the Hawks are in great shape to make some noise in free agency or through trades. One thing that would concern me with Dwight is the back problem that is starting to become....a problem.
For those that think the Hawks will be awful this year are dead wrong and I say that with my Hawk goggles off. If the offseason ended today, I still think the Hawks are a playoff team. Aside from moving Joe's contract, this team and offense will benefit from Joe killing the ball movement and trying to go one on one every chance he got.
Ferry has positioned this team to make more major moves either this offseason or sit tight a bit and make the noise next offseason...either way, this franchise just pulled a 180 from 48 hours ago.