The Atlanta Hawks have about $15.5 million to spend in free agency after trading veteran guard Lou Williams and the draft rights to 2013 first-round selection Lucas Nogueira to the Toronto Raptors for John Salmons, and they have their sights set on some big names.
According to Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN, the Hawks are now on the list of teams interested in Pau Gasol:
Add two teams to the expected Pau Gasol market: Phoenix and Atlanta. Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, Mavs, Rockets all expected to pursue.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 1, 2014
Unlike Monroe, Gasol would be a perfect fit for the Hawks. He is set to turn 34 years old next week, and he would come at a much cheaper price. Gasol’s skill set also features a decent mid-range shot and exceptional passing, as well as the ability to play both power forward and center. He is also at the stage of his career where he could be justified as a sixth man, despite his all-star status.
If the Hawks could get Gasol for three years and $24 million, that would be a steal. He could be the first man off the bench, and if he plays well enough, the Hawks could look to move Paul Millsap for assets or a nice player.
Gasol will likely look for somewhere that offers a starting role, so him landing in Atlanta is unlikely.