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Hawks ready to blow things up?

Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:12 pm

Posted by Royce Young

I wrote extensively about the awkward plight of the Atlanta Hawks recently. Much improved, but still a long way off. It's a weird situation because it's still a young roster that's experienced success but there really is no silver lining immediately in sight.

And as a result, maybe things could be changed soon. In a chat on, there is word that there could be "major changes" coming if the Hawks don't make a solid second-round showing this year in the playoffs.

Hard to say exactly what those changes could be seeing as the Hawks just signed Joe Johnson to a wild $120 million extension and Al Horford to a new $65 million deal. Josh Smith could be a lucrative chip though, but I'm not sure that's really a major change.

There has also been some speculation that coach Larry Drew could be on the hot seat. That was when the Hawks appeared to be imploding but they've recently played better.

It does look pretty unlikely that sixth man Jamal Crawford is part of the future plans though, as Atlanta didn't offer him an extension last summer while Crawford really wanted one. So most likely he'll walk this summer, freeing up a little cap space.

Point is, the Hawks might have to look themselves in the mirror and possibly figure out where to go. It's really an interesting, awkward place for a lot of teams.

The Hawks are competitive. They're winning. They are a consistent playoff team. But it doesn't look like they're set to go much further than that and in the end, isn't that the overall goal?

Maybe using the sigificant change thing is a bit dramatic. Maybe that doesn't necessarily mean they're ready to set dynamite to the core and start over. Maybe it just means they're willing to trade a big piece like a Josh Smith or to a lesser extent, Marvin Williams.

Because a lot of teams would love to have talent like the Hawks. Joe Johnson or Al Horford. It's just about putting the right pieces next to them.

Category: NBA

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:47 am

Hawks ready to blow things up?

If Joe Johnson were playing like he did in 2007/2008, with the improvement of the young talent around him, the Hawks would be the class of the East.  They have proven they can play and beat anyone in the NBA, but not on a consistent basis.  They need a Popovich to come in and stop the pouting and whining and play team ball, maybe Dominique, after seeing him go after the scumbag referee/suit salesman.  I'm afraid the Hawks are going to spiral back down to the cellar after signing Joe to Max Salary, no future draft picks.  I hate it, because I've sat courtside for the past 5 years watching this team grow.  In the past month the Hawks have beaten three of the top 4 seeds ahead of them (Bulls, Celtics, Magic).  I hope they can continue to play with the recent intensity, because they capable of being the East representative in the Finals, NO JOKE!!!

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