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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hawks Wheelin' and Dealin'

So, inspired by the ESPN Trade Machine, the latest Simmons article, and the impending trade deadline, here are some trades that would improve the Hawks that I think both teams would make:

Simmons suggestion: Butler, Juan Dixon and Darius Songaila's crappy contract to Atlanta for Marvin Williams, Speedy Claxton's not-quite-as-crappy contract, Acie Law and a future No. 1. This trade would give Atlanta an upgrade at the SF position from the developing Marvin to the developed Butler, an upgrade at the back-up PG position, and little more depth in the frontcourt with Songaila. Meanwhile Washington would get two young players with potential, the insurance money from Speedy, and a future no. 1. The draft pick wouldn't hurt the Hawks that much since we'll be picking pretty low in the first round if we picked up Butler.

The Hawks obviously need to try and get either some more depth or improve in the frontcourt, so here are some trades that could bring that:
Speedy, Zaza and a No. 1 to the Clippers for Marcus Camby. This would give the Hawks a HUGE upgrade as Camby would be the starting center and Horford would become one of the best bench frontcourt players in the game. The Clippers would get an expiring contract, insurance money from Speedy and a No. 1. But sources say Camby is untouchable. So...
Speedy and Zaza for Kaman. The Clippers get out from under Kaman's remaining 4 years since they now have both Zach Randolph and Camby, and the Hawks get an upgrade at center. Might demand a pick though...

Speedy, Zaza, and a No. 1 for Brad Miller. Same logic as with the Camby trade, except that Miller isn't as good. Maybe we could just give them a No. 2...

Here's one of my favorite though...
Bibby, Zaza and Speedy for Hinrich, Larry Hughes and Noah. The Bulls get out from under the Hughes and Hinrich contracts. They also get back two expiring contracts with a veteran PG who can continue to tutor Derrick Rose. The Hawks meanwhile get back a decent PG, an overpaid bench player, and the chance to reunite Noah and Horford. I'd do it since we have no guarantee of re-signing Bibby, especially for a reasonable contract considering his age and defensive ability.

Any suggestions?

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