Mar, 23, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Anthony Tolliver (44) drives to the basket during the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
There has been nearly a complete roster turnover for the Atlanta Hawks this offseason and it sounds like free agent big man Anthony Tolliver is interested in getting in on the action. Tolliver recently told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida that he thinks he would be a good fit for Atlanta.
"I don't think they have a guy on their roster with that skill set with shooting and versatility,'' Tolliver said about being a big man who can step out on the floor. When Tolliver was with Cleveland several years ago, Hawks GM Danny Ferry was the GM there. Tolliver also said he has a "really good relationship'' with Wes Wilcox, then with Cleveland and now Hawks assistant GM"
Tolliver appeared in 51 games last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and finished with averages of 4.1 points and 3.0 rebounds. At 6-foot-8 he is likely most suited to play the power forward position.
Atlanta's biggest need currently is at the small forward position. They are set with Josh Smith and Al Horford up front with Zaza Pachulia providing depth. Pachulia could move into the starting lineup if Larry Drew elects to go with a big frontcourt with Josh Smith as the small forward.
Perhaps Tolliver could add some more depth to the team but on the surface he doesn't exactly fill a need either. I'd be all for inviting him to training camp on a non-guaranteed deal but that isn't likely to be what he or his agent are looking for.
Exit Question: Yay or Nay to Anthony Tolliver?