Atlanta gets a new General Manager in Danny Ferry and word is they are planning to start a new era in the Highlight Factory.
It’s easy to believe, considering their 8 unrestricted free agents this offseason, so this appears to be the most appropriate time to start fresh. These are their free agents:
Ivan John is restricted and next year Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia and Marvin Williams come off the books, Jeff Teague will be restricted.
As far as who draws the most interest on the trading block, here are the usual suspects:
Josh Smith has been rumored to be discussed in the past few trade deadlines. He has the most value, being a former all-star player. He can impact the game defensively by protecting the paint. Smith allocates steals, blocks, rebounds, intangibles, and anchor the defense and will gra. Offensively, his length and speed can cause mismatches. He is a good distributor from the perimeter as well as the post. One of the more athletic players in the league, Smith also has an expiring contract.
Al Horford might be someone they want to keep and build around, but that won’t stop teams from calling for the all-star’s services. The big man missed a chunk of the season from a pectoral (chest) injury, and came back for a few games against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Horford has a mid-range shot to go with a back-to-the-basket game in the block. On the other end he cleans the glass and alters penetrations when he doesn’t get blocks. Very good pick and roll player.
Joe Johnson got a max contract last offseason to stay with the Hawks. He has been linked to amnesty rumors, and the former all-star may be the first one out the door because of his inflated contract. Johnson is one of the better shooters and one on one players along the perimeter. When you think about shooting guards you have Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Johnson is probably the next best at the position, and he creates for teammates when he slides over to play some small forward.
Atlanta can definitely rebuild overnight with a mix of veterans and youth, or opt for the complete youth movement