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Trade Deadline: Atlanta shopping for Sessions?

Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 2:06 pm
Hawks looking for guard help, could look to Cavs' Sessions at deadline.
Posted by Matt Moore

Some people will tell you the San Antonio Spurs are flying under the radar this season. If that's true, then the Atlanta Hawks are flying in invisible, Heat resistant stealth bombers this season. Did you know the Hawks are just 3.5 games out of the No.3 seed in the East? 

On the flip side, did you know they're just 12th in the league in point differential, that they're 14th in offensive efficiency, 13th in defensive efficiency, and 12th in efficiency differential? So they're better than you'd think. But their record also shows a better team than has been on the floor. 

Which is why they may be looking for an upgrade, particularly at guard. From Ken Berger's Post-Ups Wednesday:
The Hawks are looking for guard help, and sources say they may be interested in the Cavs' Ramon Sessions. The feeling among rival execs is that the Hawks may be willing to spend up to or perhaps even a bit beyond the luxury-tax threshold if there's a deal that would significantly improve their chances in a playoff series with Boston, Orlando or Miami.
via Trade buzz: Swap not only way Melo ends up with Knicks - NBA - Basketball.

Jeff Teague has underwhelmed after a strong start, and Mike Bibby is, well, Mike Bibbly. Old, reliable, and old. Also can be old. Sessions would fit seamlessly with Atlanta and is the kind of athletic force on the break that could really mesh with Josh Smith and Al Horford. Sessions may have been part of the worst losing streak in NBA history, but he's also shooting 46% from the field this year and averaging 5 assists per game. On a team with actual players, who know what he could accomplish. 

A point guard advantage could help Atlanta push a second round playoff series to seven games.  And there, anything can happen, even if the Hawks are the most unlikely of contenders. It probably won't push them over, but it would be a solid upgrade regardless. 

Still lingering for the Hawks? The issue of Jamal Crawford, without an extension, and wanting one badly.  If that relationship has been soured beyond repair, the Hawks could get good value from him on the open market. 

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:52 am

Trade Deadline: Atlanta shopping for Sessions?

sessions is overpaid..not make the team better!

trade CRawford for Mayo....and give the ball to JJ as playmaker when bibby not on year push hard for a playmaker..also me i can score againt bibby!!good that Woodson is gone...bibby left one-nad one with Wade and Jennings was a joke in playoffs..taegue is absolutely nothing special..good for europe!

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:38 pm

Trade Deadline: Atlanta shopping for Sessions?

Sessions would be a great pickup for the Hawks, perhaps even enough to put them over the top and into the East finals. Mike Bibby is certainly lagging and lacks consistency and Jeff Teague although very talented is still a ways off from maturity. It's hard to argue that the Hawks need help and consistency at PG and SF, Ramon Sessions would be an outstanding addition to their roster. My two thoughts.

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