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Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#1 » by jayu70 » Thu Jun 4, 2020 7:05 pm

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Where they finished the year
Atlanta finishes the season 20-47, the fourth-worst record in the NBA, which means the Hawks will have a 12.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick when the draft lottery is held. Only Golden State, Cleveland and Minnesota finished with a worse record than the Hawks.....What’s unfortunate is Cleveland and Minnesota played fewer games than Atlanta, which gave both teams a difference of a few hundredths of a percentage point in terms of having a worse winning percentage. That slight difference means the Hawks won’t have a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 pick and a higher floor for where they could fall on lottery night. As of now, the lowest the Hawks could pick is eighth, and there’s a 2.2 percent chance of that happening


Players hurt/helped by the end of the season
Cam Reddish had improved offensively every single month since his horrid start in October.......It was clear Reddish was finding his groove and getting more comfortable each game.

De’Andre Hunter also was playing the best basketball of his rookie season.....after the All-Star break, Hunter averaged 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting better than 40 percent from 3......

Collins is negatively impacted by the season being over. He’s looking for a large contract this offseason, and the question becomes: Will the Hawks give him one even though he played in only 41 games? The stats he amassed in half a season are tremendous.....

Vince Carter not having a proper send-off for his Hall of Fame career ....

Trae Young.....with his usage rate being so high  — the fewer non-meaningful minutes he can play, the better it is for his future and the Hawks’ future.

First order of business in the offseason
The draft is the most important event of the offseason for most rebuilding teams. Depending on the lottery results, what the Hawks decide to do with their pick is one of the most fascinating storylines for this organization during the next few months. Will the Hawks decide to just keep their pick and add another young player to their already inexperienced roster? Or will they try to trade their pick in some sort of package for future assets or an established player?
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#2 » by jayu70 » Fri Jun 5, 2020 12:59 pm

It will be interesting to see how this gets resolved.
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#3 » by kg01 » Fri Jun 5, 2020 1:12 pm

jayu70 wrote:It will be interesting to see how this gets resolved.


Now we see the real reason Ressler was lobbying so hard for inclusion in the bubble. I don't blame him, I guess.
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#4 » by jayu70 » Fri Jun 5, 2020 1:17 pm

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jayu70 wrote:It will be interesting to see how this gets resolved.


Now we see the real reason Ressler was lobbying so hard for inclusion in the bubble. I don't blame him, I guess.

Yeah, I saw where for example LAL will make $1 mil per game to complete regular season from their contract. So the Hawks can't make any money and msy actually have to give back. I would hope their is some mitigation from the NBA.
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#5 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Jun 8, 2020 3:14 pm

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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

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Schlenk said the team’s virtual draft meetings are progressing, but the Hawks have yet to interview any player projected inside the top 10. It’s not too surprising as most projected top picks end up waiting until after the draft lottery order is set. The biggest priority for the Hawks this offseason, Schlenk said, is adding more depth. He said it’s not a secret that the team’s depth last season didn’t pan out so adding a quality bench is what he’s going to try to do this offseason. The Hawks added Capela and Dewayne Dedmon at the center position at the deadline, and center was a position that needed significant upgrades, so they’re set there, but he said depth at backup point guard, on the wings and the four spot is what they’re looking at this offseason. He did mention that he plans on having contract talks with Jeff Teague when that time comes.

• As far as spending goes, the Hawks will have the most cap space in the NBA even if there’s a dip in the salary cap. Right now, they’re projected to have around $50 million to spend. “(Owner) Tony (Ressler) has given me the green light to spend since Day 1 when I got the job,” Schlenk said. That’s not a concern. The one thing I will say that I keep constantly reminding him is that just because you have the money doesn’t make it right to spend the money. You have to be smart. I honestly believe the worst thing that teams can do is when they have the money and owners or people in my position feel the pressure to go out and spend it. You give out a long, big contract, and you guys have probably heard me say this, but those mistakes can really hamper your franchise. When you give out those long, big contracts, you need to make sure they’re the right guys.”

John Collins was mentioned as one of the players who has been in the practice facility almost every single day since it reopened. “He’s motivated to be a good player,” Schlenk said. Reminder (if you need one): Collins is eligible for a rookie extension this offseason. He told The Athletic in March that he feels like he’s in the max contract conversation.

• There was some talk about improving defensively, but it’s going to take individual growth from everyone. No revealing or surprising quotes with this topic. It’s simple: The Hawks hope the young players continue to get better defensively as they get more experience in the league. Schlenk did mention that turning the ball over in transition was a killer for the Hawks this season.

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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

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Say the Hawks get the fourth pick in the draft, do you see a scenario where they’d trade (John) Collins, (Kevin) Huerter and the pick for Anthony Edwards and play (De’Andre) Hunter as a stretch four? — Jonathan H.
That’s way too much capital for a player who has some questions associated with him. Frankly, there’s not one person in this draft the Hawks should feel remotely comfortable giving up two members of the “Core 5,” plus their own first-round pick, to move up a few spots to select. Maybe Zion Williamson if we’re talking about last year’s draft but certainly no one in this draft.
Also, the only way the Hawks seriously should consider moving Collins is if they’re getting an established player in return. Collins is one of the best young power forwards and still has the potential to continue growing and adding to his game even more than what he already has done 
It’s certainly possible the Hawks could explore deals for Collins if they don’t think he’s worth the contract he likely will command when he gets a new deal (which likely will start at more than $20 million per year). But including him in a trade to move up a few spots in this draft would be a non-starter.

If we draft a wing, do you still see a future for Huerter with the Hawks? — Tariye E.
I do. Remember, just because a current starter might not be the starter long term, it doesn’t mean that player doesn’t have value. Even if Huerter loses his starting job to Reddish, whomever the Hawks draft this year or sign as a free agent, Huerter’s still valuable and would be a great sixth man.


If we were to draft Edwards, how do you think the rotations would pan out? Who would come off the bench and who would close? — Adithya K.
This is a hard one to answer because, obviously, we don’t know which players the Hawks will add in free agency. But let’s say they don’t add anyone in free agency who’s a threat to be in the starting rotation. Three starting — and closing — spots are locked in: Young at point guard, Collins at power forward and Clint Capela at center.

If they wanted the best defenders on the floor to close out the game, the Hawks could have Cam Reddish at shooting guard and Hunter at small forward. If they wanted the best shooters on the floor, Huerter likely would be with Hunter. If they wanted the best playmaking options on the floor and the best opportunity to have Young move off the ball, maybe they would have Edwards at shooting guard and Reddish at small forward. Or maybe they go small and have Collins at the five with Huerter at the two, Reddish at the three and Hunter at the four.

Why haven’t I seen Dayton’s Obi Toppin mentioned as a potential fit for the Hawks? With so many players mentioned at the top of the draft with questions regarding their motivation to get better, I just think the effort of Obi is something the Hawks could use as a young player who has talent but an immense desire to improve, win and be a team player. — Eddie C.

Toppin was arguably my favorite player to watch in college basketball this past season, but he doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Hawks to take in the first eight picks.
Getting someone who could pair with Young in the backcourt should be the priority for the Hawks, followed by wings who have playmaking ability and the potential to be high-level defenders, then big men.
If the Hawks wanted to go the route of selecting a power forward/center, Onyeka Okongwu would be a much better option for Atlanta because of his high-level defense and excellent playmaking ability. I worry about Toppin’s long-term defensive ability and wonder if he’ll just turn out to be a slightly better version of what Jabari Parker is.
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#8 » by Jamaaliver » Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:35 am

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Record: 20-47 (14th in Eastern Conference)

2020 NBA draft picks (pre-lottery, per Tankathon.com): 4, 52

Pending free agents: Jeff Teague, Vince Carter, Treveon Graham, DeAndre’ Bembry (restricted), Skal Labissiere (restricted), Damian Jones (restricted)

The big question: What does Atlanta think it needs to level up?

The Hawks want to make the playoffs next year. We know this because despite being one of the worst teams in the league this season, they shipped out the Nets’ lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick to bring in Clint Capela, a rim-running, shot-blocking center in his prime, in hopes that he might be the answer to ascendant pick-and-roll playmaker Trae Young’s postseason prayers. We also know this because they followed the Capela deal by swinging a second deal for ex-Hawk Dewayne Dedmon, another shot-blocking center—this one with some stretch to his game—who can act as a backline anchor and ensure 48 minutes of rim protection for a team that’s fielded a bottom-five defense in each of the past three seasons. We also know the Hawks want to make the playoffs next year because, y’know, they said so.
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So: Given that organizational goal, how does Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk elevate his team from the basement to the postseason bracket? Internal growth is likely a big part of the plan. In his second season, Young became an All-Star, currently ranking fourth in the league in scoring and second in assists, and creating more buckets for his teammates at the rim than any other player in the league, according to pbpstats.com. After slow starts to their careers, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish both came on as their rookie seasons progressed. A left rotator cuff strain threw a wrench into Kevin Huerter’s sophomore season, but he still shot 38 percent from 3-point range on six attempts per game and posted a strong 2.45-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. And after returning from his 25-game PED suspension, John Collins averaged 22.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 assists per game, shooting 59 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point land on 3.6 attempts a night—an indicator of the ongoing diversification of his offensive game and a promising sign for his potential fit as an occasional floor-spacing 4 alongside Capela. All of those players are 22 or younger; while growth and development aren’t linear and constant, the Hawks are betting that, even for Young, the best is yet to come.

The only one of those core pieces due for an immediate raise is Collins, who becomes eligible for an extension this offseason. That means, if you’ll permit me a brief Jean-Ralphio reference, the Hawks are flush with cash: They’re projected to have more than $47 million in cap space. We know that the free-agent market isn’t especially exciting this offseason for a variety of reasons, but there are some intriguing players on it, and Atlanta will have the wherewithal to splash the pot and try to make improvements.

I don’t think the Pelicans will let Brandon Ingram even approach city limits, but he’s a 22-year-old combo forward who proved this season he can thrive as a no. 1 option and after Zion Williamson’s debut, he started to show that he could still shine in a complementary role, too; why not make New Orleans prove it’s willing to pony up the max to keep him? Sure, Sacramento signaled its intention to keep ace combo guard Bogdan Bogdanovic by offloading Dedmon’s deal, but the Serbian playmaker could work on or off the ball as a smart facilitator, knockdown shooter, and gutsy late-game option alongside or backing up Young. Among more attainable options, Nets marksman Joe Harris has blossomed next to high-usage, ball-dominant point guards in Brooklyn, and might be a nice fit on the wing for a team that could use more perimeter shooting.

If none of those options pan out, maybe Schlenk decides not to waste any time and makes Collins a big offer now. Or, he might prefer to wait the year, see how the former Wake Forest big man meshes with Capela, maintain financial flexibility in the event that a superstar demands a change of scenery, and then use the right of first refusal in restricted free agency to match any offer sheet he receives next summer. Or he could dangle Atlanta’s top-half-of-the-lottery pick at the draft for immediate help. Or he could stand pat, take the best player available, trust that Trae’s playmaking brilliance plus the developing young wings are enough to at least lift Atlanta into the neighborhood of the Orlandos of the world, and keep that cap-space powder dry to try make an even bigger explosion in the summer of 2021.

Atlanta has the youth, money, and talent to put together something interesting. The question is whether Schlenk, Lloyd Pierce, and Co. can find a way to bring it all together.
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#9 » by tbhawksfan1 » Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:57 pm

NBA's decision on how to play out the season is so wrong. The teams left out are so deccriminated in this senario, both economically and competitively. The competitive loss will linger. Should have either let all teams play the adapted regular season conclusion or gone straight to the playoffs, or just called the whole season a wash.
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#10 » by jayu70 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:43 pm

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Post#11 » by jayu70 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:45 pm

DeAndre Hunter Exit Interview:
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Post#12 » by jayu70 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:20 pm

Clint Capela's Exit interview:
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Re: Hawks Offseason Officially Begins 

Post#13 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:27 pm

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We have a Stephen Curry/Steve Nash hybrid who loves to pass and will command your defender's attention.

It's not hard to see why a free agent might want to play with Trae Young. He should be at the center of any pitch from the Atlanta Hawks.

The soon-to-be third-year guard has a gravitational pull on defenses thanks to shooting range that extends well beyond the three-point line. His 73 makes from 28-plus feet trailed only Damian Lillard's 86, and he has vision, flair and a willingness to pass reminiscent of the seven-seconds-or-less version of Nash.

Put both traits together and you have one of the most productive young players of all time. Young's 29.6 points per game are tied for the seventh-highest mark in league history for an NBA sophomore. His 9.3 assists are tied for the 10th-highest average for a second-year man.

It shouldn't be hard to see why a free agent would want to play with someone who is on track to be a legitimate superstar point guard.
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