Posted: 11:19 am Monday, February 17th, 2014

What, if anything, will Hawks do at the deadline? 

By Mark Bradley

Would the Hawks dump JT the PG? Don't think so. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Would the Hawks dump JT the PG? Don’t think so. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The NBA trading deadline arrives at 3 p.m. Thursday. Last week Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News tweeted word the Atlanta Hawks might be interested in Jeff Green, the 6-foot-9 forward who plays for the Boston Celtics, who have the league’s sixth-worst record and are looking to offload salary.

I suppose the Hawks could wind up trading for Green. I’d be surprised if they do. Green is the kind of player who’s not indispensable to the kind of team the Hawks want to be.

He was taken by Seattle, which would soon decamp for Oklahoma City, with the fifth overall pick in 2007. (Greg Oden was No. 1, Kevin Durant No. 2, Al Horford No. 3, Mike Conley No. 4.) The Thunder, who by then were no longer the SuperSonics, traded him to Boston in February 2011 for center Kendrick Perkins, who hasn’t had the desired effect with OKC. But the point remains: The Thunder went from up-and-coming to really good at about the time they decided Green wasn’t a must-keep talent.

For him to come to the Hawks, who are without Horford again and have slipped under .500 for the first time since Dec. 3 and have dropped to fifth in the NBA East, would mark the acquisition of a hefty salary — Green is earning $8.9 million this season and is due to make $9.4 million next season, which is almost exactly what Paul Millsap makes. (And Millsap, we note, just played in the All-Star Game.)

Another rumor that doesn’t make much sense: The Hawks swapping a first-round draft pick for Philadelphia wing Evan Turner, who’s having a good season on a terrible team but who can become a restricted free agent at season’s end. I don’t see Ferry parting with No. 1 picks for someone who might leave in July.

If the Hawks are apt to make a big move this week, I submit that it won’t be an addition. Danny Ferry, the general manager, worked too hard to clear cap space to clutter his books with a pricy player who might help the Hawks finish fifth in the East, as opposed to sixth. If the Hawks are to do something, I’m guessing they’ll subtract.

The other rumor regarding the Hawks has involved Jeff Teague. Wrote Zach Lowe of Grantland: “Sources around the NBA continue to insist Ferry is not in love with Jeff Teague’s four-year, $32 million deal.” That contract, remember, wasn’t one the Hawks negotiated; it was one Teague struck with Milwaukee and the Hawks then matched. (And the guess here is that Ferry doesn’t mind paying $8 million a season for a starting point guard; if there’s indeed an issue, it might rest with the length of the contract.)

Another guess: The Hawks couldn’t get anyone of difference-making consequence — not Kevin Durant, not James Harden, not Kyle Lowry — for Teague, who’s pretty good but not, say, a Kyle Lowry. If the Hawks were to trade Teague for picks or lesser players, it could be interpreted as a subtle move to try and backslide into the ballyhooed draft lottery of 2014.

But I don’t think that will happen, either. Having decided not to go the tanking route by signing Millsap and DeMarre Carroll and re-signing Kyle Korver and matching Teague’s offer, Ferry probably won’t change tactics now.

A year ago, Ferry chose not to trade Josh Smith, who would leave in July as a free agent, at the deadline. The GM had more reason to make a move then than now, and he didn’t then. I’m guessing he won’t make a move, at least not a major one, this time, either.

32 comments
devounknown1000
devounknown1000

TEAGUE AGE 25


MILSAP AGE 29


HORFORD AGE 27


GREEN AGE 27


MONROE AGE 23


Very young team.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

STARTER


TEAGUE, GREEN, MILSAP, HORFORD, GREG MONROE


BENCH


SCHRODER, JENKINS, KORVER, SCOTT, PERO


RESERVE


MACK, AYON, MARTIN


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

JEFF GREEN, MILSAP, HORFORD, TEAGUE


Is a solid team to build around for next year, then in free agent sign Greg Monroe.


This would make the Hawks a legit contender next year.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ellong0
Ellong0

I think the Hawks are headed in the right direction,  With that said,  I think teague is a goner and am very curious to see what we get in exchange. Shumpert would appear to be the type player the hawks like, long and a good defender.  Of course need something else as well in return.  But it appears to me Ferry is not enamored with Teague.  Teague has good speed but is a bit touchy on defense and lacks intensity.  Plus Lou and Mack can play point.

doktrt
doktrt

Teague is way over paid. Should have let Milwaukee have him at that price. A trade to the Knicks probably can't bring much in the draft. They don't have any picks in the next draft. Might get Shumpert and a future pick. Still better than an inconsistent Teague and his contract.


DawgNole
DawgNole

BRADLEY: "I don’t see Ferry parting with No. 1 picks for"

A fair question would be "for what?"

TDAWGG37
TDAWGG37

I have been a Hawks fan for over 30 years, even though I almost gave up on them after they traded D. Wilkins (Still have not forgiven them for that)! Anyway...I have a question, "How do we decide who to draft? What is the process". Over the past ten years we only have two impact/decent draft picks on the team (Horford and Teague). If Danny Ferry is so smart, please tell me how they decided who to draft last year!? None of the players from last season draft have done squat! What's up with this, "Let's draft players with potential, send them overseas to learn fundamentals that don't apply to the NBA, hope that they gain weight on a diet not monitored by our staff, and hope that they figure out how to play in the NBA by playing with subpar foreign player. Not one guy drafted by Ferry last year has displayed the talent to be a 1st or 2nd pick. The Hawks have no reason to tank this season, they are pathetic enough to end up in the lottery based on current talent alone! Give Shroeder more playing time so that we can access how really terrible or how good he really is. As for our skinny, bad knee center, I think that's a lost cause. Why did we draft these guys. 

SOB
SOB

Hawks should have tanked this season for the future. Since they didn't, they should keep trying with whomever they have left on the roster. Should they look Boston's way, I'd like to see them go after the hippest Hippie in the NBA! That would be the Celtic rookie -- one Kelley Olynick. Athletic 7 foot center who moves like a point guard. Versatile, tougher than he looks, and might bring a few people my age back to the arena. I was hoping he would fall to the Hawks, but Boston scoffed him up with the 7th or 8th pick I believe. He would add a ton of "entertainment value" to a sort of no name team. No 'prima donner" this cat. Tough as nails. Brings the lunch pail to each and every game! He's a white dude of Irish (Celtic) descent whom Boston was hoping would sell tickets in a heavily Irish town. Great passer and team player. Sounds like Coach Bud's kind of guy. As for the photo above this article, didn't we trade #5 Josh Smith????

The_Shade
The_Shade

What's the status of our top picks from last year's draft?  I think one of them is recovering from injuries (and being underweight?) and playing in Spain.  Wasn't there another one?  Danny seems to be able to judge how to clear cap space - which is good, especially in Atlanta - but how is he on picking top talent in the draft?  Serious question, I am not a full time basketball fan.  Thanks.

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

Anyone who thinks the Hawks will part ways with Millsap needs to pass me some of that stuff ya smokin'.

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

Game under .500 gets u 5th........NBA needs to go away.....at least leave Atlanta.

falconfever
falconfever

I know Lou Williams is still recovering but he does not have the juice he had before. Need a dynamic off guard.

falconfever
falconfever

Get rid of Decoud/ oops, wrong blog. Anyway, get rid of Decoud

maconexpress
maconexpress

I hope DF doesn't make any moves that will cause the hawks to lose a draft pick because this year's draft has some really good players. It's not DF's fault that they got hit with those injuries. Besides, with Al out who can they bring in to make them a serious contender with the luck they are having?  If Al was healthy I would be in favor of making a quality move(Kevin Love).   

GGee
GGee

I think the Hawks stand pat. Im not sure what the front office considers our biggest needs. Jeff Green is a Joe Johnson type player with a little smaller price tag. Al Horfords injury has made it to where its hard to tell if the team is progressing as expected. Demarre would be tough to part with, I love the attitude he plays with. Millsap isnt going anywhere unless we get a SS type offer from a team looking to totally rebuild. I like the team as we stand, but also feel we could use a scoring threat at the SF slot and maybe just a big center to be in a 3 person rotation with Horford and Millsap. Both cant play PF at the same time, and neither deserve to come off the bench. I have faith in CMB and DF to put a quality team together for the Hawks.

ftputt
ftputt

They need a slashing type SF who can draw fouls and get to the line in crunch time when they must put points on the board late in games.

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

What good is all that cap space if it's unlikely the best free agents will come here?  The choice of tanking or remaining in 5th - 8th seed purgatory forever doesn't speak well of the NBA's current structure.  Owners should be required to make the playoffs a certain number of years each decade or sell their franchise.  Player contracts should be limited to 3 years, without the option of "franchising" a player.  A formula should be used to rank the Top 15 free agents and each should be required to interview with 15 teams.  No team should be allowed to sign more than one Top 5 free agent during a 3-year period.  This "Big 3" strategy Miami pulled off needs to end.   The fact that we always know the 2 or 3 teams with a legit shot to win it all is boring.  

seminoleking
seminoleking

horford getting hurt messed the hawks up in more ways than one. if he was healthy, i couldve seen shipping him to houston for asik. horford is good, but not the inside presence we need on defense because of our weak defensive play from our guards. other teams STAY in the lane on offense because of it, thus, our true need is a defensive stopper like asik, who CAN score...........

JacketMan
JacketMan

The best deal Ferry made last year was NOT resigning Josh Smith. It looks like Detroit is trying to dump him as quickly as they signed him away from the Hawks.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Would like to see the Hawks keep DeMarre Carroll. He's awesome, the Junk Yard Dog. plays hard and can shoot pretty good (most games).


Would like to see Hawks with no 1 overall pick so they could draft McDourmitt(sp?) from Creighton. He's awesome. 


Hawks also need to turn point over to Schroeder, let him learn NBA game/speed this year:


SF McDourmitt / Carroll

PF  Millsap / Horford

Horford / Lucas Nogueira

SG Korver / L Williams

PG Schroeder / Teague


Other subs Muscala, Mack, Ayon


Under Coach Bud would be awesome team. NBA title contenders.



JaySly
JaySly

they need to trade players for picks---the draft will be loaded with top talent

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

I don't see the Hawks trading Millsap, who's the best bargain going.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

Best to sit tight. There is no blockbuster to be had, unless it's trading Millsap.

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

If they want him the Hawks can get Evan Turner as a free agent.  That was why they went under the cap.  I don't see the Hawks making a move unless it's to add a BIG center.  And even that move would be to position themselves for next year.  They have some good pieces but the whole isn't there yet.  Perhaps when Al is healthy and some of their European players come in next year they will be the team we all hope they will be.  I do hope they will trade, draft, or sign a free agent center.  We need the Big Guy who can stop a Durrant type.  I'm not convinced that Al is that Center and I think he would be better at PF.  

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

As chippy as this team was at the beginning of the season the injuries have turned this into a lost season. I have no idea what Ferry should do at this point, especially with NJ looking to be a playoff team.

jerunamo
jerunamo

@Iluvnutella  

You need to go away and leave our Hawks alone. If your not supporting them go stink your head in a toilet!!!!

seminoleking
seminoleking

@PeachtreeBart   but peachtree, the reason none of that will happen is the nba is about making money........MARKETING...........its rigged so that superstars go to certain teams.........