According to Lang Greene of HOOPSWORLD, small forward Jamario Moon would prefer to play for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2012-13 season.
Moon, who played 8 games with the Charlotte Bobcats last season before being waived in July, told HOOPSWORLD why he wanted to play in Atlanta:
“Atlanta makes sense to me. Danny was the general manager when I was playing for Cleveland and [Hawks assistant general manager] Wes Wilcox was there too. They already know me and what I bring. It just makes sense.”
Moon later said that “all they [the Hawks] have to do is give me a call. I’m ready to work and do whatever the coaching staff asks of me.”
The Hawks, who recently signed James Anderson and Damion James to non-guaranteed one year deals, could still be looking for a better option at small forward. Ever since July’s two crazy trades, Danny Ferry has been looking for an athletic, defensive minded small forward to fill the only gaping hole on the Hawks’ roster. Since then, the Hawks have been linked to several free agents, including Derrick Brown and Carlos Delfino, but only Anderson and James have panned out. Nevertheless, with Anderson and James on non-guaranteed contracts, Ferry might role the dice on an older, but still capable veteran to fill the void at the end of the bench. Making him work for a spot in camp would provide an interesting competition for the final two roster spots as Anderson, James, 2011 second round draft pick Keith Benson, and potentially Moon all battle for the right to stick around till opening day.
Moon, who entered the league as a 27 year old, has career averages of 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. At 32 now, Moon would provide limited bench minutes at the three, as well as a veteran presence in the locker room. His upside is much less than that of both James and Anderson, but he’s also less risky.