While Michael Cunningham is still out at the AJC and there is no report in the local paper at this point, several media outlets are reporting that the Hawks have indeed resigned center Jason Collins. The word coming out of the Hawks offices is that Jason has worked very hard this offseason to get his body into playing shape and is a good presence in the locker room. The Hawks roster stands at 12 right now, with the last two players on the roster being little more than locker room presences at this point. To me, this is yet another example of why Rick Sund and the rest of the NBA put entirely too much emphasis on size and not enough emphasis on skill level. The only reason Jason Collins and players like Johan Petro still ahve jobs in the NBA is because they are seven feet tall, period. That’s it, because they bring nothing else to the table.
Rick Sund was part of a stat savvy organization when he was with Seattle, but you couldn’t tell that based on his last two signings. Maybe he is being handcuffed by ownership. I don’t know. I do know that neither Josh Powell nor Jason Collins are strong rebounding big men or even strong defenders. They also just happen to bring very little offensively. I have defended some of the Hawks moves this offseason and criticized few, but I just cannot fathom why this organization thinks it is better to bring on veteran players like Powell and Collins, who will add absolutely nothing to this team rather than bringing in a young big man via the draft that has the potential to at least be something for the team 2-3 years from now. This is an ownership group that gets openly criticized for not being willing to spend money, yet they aren’t utilizing the most cost effective means of filling out this team. Yes, I’m still sore over the Hawks not using that 31st pick, but good grief. Does anyone seriously think that Josh Powell and Jason Collins would have more of an impact than Gani Lawal?