ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 05: Josh Smith #5, Larry Drew and Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks converse just before the tying three-point basket was hit by Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat in the final seconds of regulation at Philips Arena on January 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The AJC's Chris Vivlamore reported prior to Monday's game that although the 10-day contract period had begun in the NBA, the Atlanta Hawks currently had no immediate plans to add a player to the roster. The Hawks have reportedly been exploring options in the wake of Jason Collins elbow injury but seem to be taking their time in choosing a candidate.
In the meantime, Hawks coach Larry Drew isn't focused on roster additions but in leading his team out of its current three-game slide after returning home from a stellar road trip.
"Not a whole lot of news. Right now we are going as we are. We are a little small but we'll just have to play the hand that's dealt to us."
In reality that is the only way that Drew can approach the situation publicly and there are reports out there that the Hawks are looking to shed salary rather than add to it. Of course Drew wasn't offering up anything when asked about the roster situation and we all know that general manager Rick Sund never comments on such matters.
A temporary signing is likely but given the Hawks salary situation we probably shouldn't expect any kind of long-term solution.