With the hiring of Coach Bud, the Hawks have gotten the offseason going in the right direction. I have been following the Hawks since I moved to Atlanta ten years ago. I'm sure I share the sentiment when I say that this is the most exciting offseason for the Hawks. Growing up in North Carolina (still a Tarheels fan, sorry!) I followed the Dominique led Hawks and even after the trade when they continued to be a really good not great team. This is the first time since that I feel the Hawks are destined for greatness The question is not if we will be great but will it come sooner or later.
That brings me to free agency and the draft. This draft is a depth draft,so this is one of the best drafts to have two mid round picks. At first I was thinking we should trade one of the picks for a player and/or a next year first rounder. However, there will be solid players available this year at 17 and 18. Like most project, I see the Hawks drafting a center and a wing player.
I most excited about free agency. Listening to 92.9 the game today around noon, people are talking about the Hawks and the possibility of bringing in Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. At first it was a pipe dream but now I believe it's very much possible. Let's go back to 2005 and Chris Paul making it known that he wanted to play here. Of course we all know we chose Marvin Williams instead. Apparently, Chris Paul still wouldn't mind playing here and has conversed with Dwight Howard about playing together. The only team with the cap space to make it happen are the Hawks. I believe the Hawks must land Chris Paul first to get Dwight. If we land Paul, that would be good enough. We can pair him with Al Horford and say an Al Jefferson at the center. Paul will be the difference between a great offseason and a pretty good one. The biggest obstacle for both Paul and Dwight is $30 million and an extra year in the contract (the Clips are doing a lot to make that less attractive for Paul). One thing we don't need is to not land Paul and then sign a bunch of middle tier players and tie up our cap room. If that happens, we will have a good team, but will look too much like the old Hawks or last year's Denver Nuggets. I think every team needs at least one superstar player to win a title (as I am sure most people also believe).
I think Ferry and Bud will be able to sell free agents on the fact that the Hawks Organization of old is no more and that a new regime is here. A regime that will win and compete for championships. Danny Ferry once said that he would take down the division title banners as he won't settle for mediocrity. This is the type of attitude that will attract big name free agents, if not this year, in the years to come. Besides the fact that he went to Duke, Danny Ferry is alright with me. Go Hawks!