As the Atlanta Hawks approach their first game in a full calendar week (crazy, I know), the biggest story clearly surrounds the “will he, or won’t he?” concerning Josh Smith’s trade possibilities. However, that isn’t the only decision that general manager Danny Ferry is faced with as his roster currently features only two point guards (Jeff Teague and Devin Harris), and Jannero Pargo has completed the maximum of two ten-day contracts.
Ferry made the calculated (and smart) decision to play last Wednesday’s game without the benefit of a true 3rd point guard in order to provide a full week to make the decision while simultaneously saving the additional salary that it would have taken to pay Pargo through the break. However, the time has come for a decision, and it basically comes down to this. The Hawks can’t go forward without three point guards, and Pargo is the best available option.
It seems simple, and frankly, it is. I’ve made the full case for Pargo before (seen here), but it is as basic as the fact that a) he already knows the system, b) he’s proven to be semi-adequate, and c) the Hawks can virtually click their heels and make him appear on their roster. Pargo’s numbers look wholly unimpressive when you examine his full season, but in his limited time in Atlanta, the stats look much more respectable (they were deplorable in Washington). In an extremely small 7-game sample, Pargo has posted a solid 25.9% assist percentage, and a very low 11.4% turnover rate. If he maintains those numbers and provides the occasional scoring binge (aka the reason why he’s an NBA player), the Hawks will get value on a minimum contract for the rest of the season.
With Devin Harris healthy and in the lineup, Jannero Pargo shouldn’t see the court much, if at all. It is important to note that his signing does not imply that he should play extended minutes, but it’s also key to remember both the injury history of Harris and the inability of the other guards (Jenkins, namely) to reasonably cover the point guard spot.
It’s not a “sexy” move, but Danny Ferry needs to sign Pargo for the rest of the year.