We are about a month away from the opening of training camp for the 2012-13 edition of the Atlanta Hawks. This camp will look much different from in the past as it will be the first under new general manager Danny Ferry. Gone are familiar faces such as Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams and Jason Collins and in their place are the likes of Lou Williams, Anthony Morrow and rookie John Jenkins.
Ferry has wasted little time turning the roster over and it is never too early to take a quick look at how the roster is shaping up.
Here is a look at the 2012-13 Atlanta Hawks roster thus far:
1. Al Horford - F/C
2. Josh Smith - F
3. Devin Harris - G
4. John Jenkins - G
5. Kyle Korver - G/F
6. Anthony Morrow - G
7. Zaza Pachulia - C
8. Johan Petro - C
9. DeShawn Stevenson - G
10. Jeff Teague - G
11. Jordan Williams - F
12. Lou Williams - G
13. Mike Scott - F
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14. James Anderson - F
15. Damion James - F
Ivan Johnson - F
The first 12 players listed are on guaranteed deals and will presumably open the season with the club. The roster maximum is 15 players and the Hawks will likely field a max roster given their new-found financial flexibility. So here are the contenders that we know of so far.
Second round pick Mike Scott recently signed a two-year deal with the club that contained some guaranteed money. Danny Ferry indicated that Scott would be a part of the roster this season so he can essentially be penciled into the list.
That leaves two spots and thus far the Hawks have issued training camp invites to forwards James Anderson and Damion James. Both play the small forward position which is a position of need heading into training camp.
Another roster option is Ivan Johnson whom the Hawks have issued a qualifying offer to which gives them the ability to match should Johnson sign another team's offer sheet. However the Hawks can't match a salary figure more than the bi-annual exception. Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham explains:
The Hawks also extended a qualifying offer of about $960,000 to restricted free agent Ivan Johnson and would have the opportunity to match if Johnson signs an offer sheet with another team. Because the Hawks do not own Johnson's Bird rights and used the full mid-level exception to sign Lou Williams, they would not be able to match any offer sheet for Johnson that's for more than the bi-annual exception of $1.957 million.
Other possibilities for training camp could include members of the Hawks' summer league team like Keith Benson who had a pretty good showing in Vegas.