The trade deadline is upon us expiring on Feb 18th at 3:00 pm. There are rumors running rampant throughout the NBA involving big name players like Amare Stoudamire, Tracy McGrady, and Nate Robinson. Yet through it all the Atlanta Hawks remain silent.
While I would have loved to have seen Marcus Camby in an Atlanta uniform, I did not have any luck in constructing a deal that would work that the Clippers might actually take. Basically the Hawks are set. They have no intentions of taking on more salary for next year due to having to resign Joe Johnson this off season.
This time last year I was determined that they should do something. Josh Smith for Amare, Smith for Chris Bosh, I had plenty of ideas but they all were centered around Smith. Now that Smith has taken the next step in his development his contract looks like a bargain. He also looks like a future franchise player that the Hawks have envisioned him being so their patience appears to be paying off.
True Marvin Williams has had a disappointing year and his contract would be favorable to a rebuilding team, but right now I feel that he is filling a need for the team. Could he be better? Sure he could, but I don’t see a trade that would work for just Marvin straight up. If you had traded Marvin and something to Washington for Caron Butler for example then you are making a serious shake up to how the team is made up. It could make us better and it could make us worse. To Marvin’s credit he hasn’t complained about his lack of touches and has looked to contribute in other areas. You wouldn’t be able to get away with that with Butler here. Of course if you had Butler you probably would be in better shape if Joe decided to walk after the season.
At any rate I don’t see the Hawks making any moves until the off season. The alarming thing is you see a team like Cleveland that already has the best record in the East trying to land Stoudamire. If you are a Hawks fan you have to wonder if you could beat the Cavaliers without Amare much less with him. He has also been rumored to Miami who just happen to be chasing the Hawks in the standings. How are the Hawks going to keep pace without making any upgrades?
The Hawks will have to hope that the cohesiveness that they have enjoyed in the first half of the season stays with them throughout the second half. They don’t have to worry about fitting a major piece like Stoudamire into the rotation and getting him on page with the team’s game plan. Now I admit that having to fit Stoudamire in might be a good problem to have but still there could be complications along the way.
Basically the Hawks are going to have to want it more than the other team. They will have to put personal agendas aside and buy in to the way the Detroit Pistons most recent successful teams played. Those teams need to be the blueprint as they all lacked substantial star power. That is the idea anyway. We will see what moves are actually made and determine where we are after that.