Michael Cunningham comes to the rescue again.
The Marvin for Shaq sign-and-trade appears to be a non-starter. The Hawks have consistently said they like their core, and that includes Marvin. So they are not looking to move Marvin for Shaq when he’s playing under what they consider to be a reasonable contract for a starting 3 whom they still believe can blossom under L.D.
Good for the Hawks. While it may upset some, trading Marvin for Shaq would have been a bad move. As I detailed in my last entry, Marvin is the team’s best perimeter defender. I get the feeling that a large contingent of Hawks fans do not understand how bad of a defensive team Atlanta was when guarding the opposition on the perimeter last year, and considering the fact that the hawks allowed 5 points less when Marvin was on the court than they did when he was off the court shows that he was the team’s most effective perimeter defender. Shaq would have just been a big body that would have slowed a team that needs to run down.
Hoopinion has the Cleveland side of the rumor with Cavaliers beat writer Brian Windhorst’s comments.
A league source said that while O’Neal’s representatives have been pushing the Cavs to look for a sign-and-trade with the Hawks, the Cavs are only mildly interested. It is believed O’Neal is looking for a two-year contract worth more than the $5.7 million mid-level exception and also plenty of playing time. Without cooperation from the Cavs, his options will likely be quite limited.
In other news, the Hawks summer league team played horribly against the Spurs last night. Jeff Teague did not control the game as well as he did against Memphis and was outplayed by a D Leaguer. Jordan Crawford showed well again and will end up being a steal at the end of the first round. No one else really stood out, though I wouldn’t mind seeing the Hawks bring Richard Hendrix to camp.