As you all know, one of the main things that the Hawks have needed for the longest has been a center. Al Horford had been playing out of position for his whole career, and that should change with the new Danny Ferry era. There should be no reason why the Hawks don't fix this problem with all the cap space they will have and them owning 4 draft picks.
Therefore, let's look at all the Hawks options for a center:
|Colton Iverson||C||7'0"||263||Colorado State||22|
Free Agency Route:
Re-sign Zaza Pachulia
Re-sign Johan Petro (could be starter or backup; depends on Hawks other moves)
Nikola Pekovic (Restricted Free Agent)
Nazr Mohammed (not starting caliber; could be a decent backup)
Timofey Mozgov (Restricted Free Agent)
Marreese Speights (Player Option)
Robin Lopez (Non-Guaranteed; Pelicans could elect to release him)
Tiago Splitter (Restricted Free Agent)
Emeka Okafor (Early Termination Option)
Also things/trades to consider:
2. Marcin Gortat - Gortat wants out of Phoenix and with the Suns be most likely making a run at Josh Smith in free agency, they could trade Gortat for Smith in a sign-and-trade. They toyed with making a trade during the season, but ultimately it didn't pan out. The Hawks still could reopen those talks if things start going wrong with their main targets/goals.
3. Kendrick Perkins - Probably highly unlikely but the Hawks do need some low post defense and Horford needs some rebounding help. With the Thunder looking to draft Perkin's successor, they could possibly amnesty him which leaves the Hawks in position to swipe him up and not have to pay his whole salary. They could trade for him, but that would be a very risky and probably unpopular decision. Perkins would be their guy "Dwight, Hibbert, Lopez, etc. Stopper".
Just some things to think about my fellow Hawks Nation