7 Free agents the Atlanta Hawks signed past their prime

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Atlanta Hawks, Lou Williams
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Hawks re-sign Lou Williams in Year 16

Lou Williams had already made his impact felt with the Hawks in 2013 and 214. But he made arguably the greatest impact on the Hawksof anyone on this list in his second stint, and largely because of his impact on Trae Young. Williams was cited by Young’s father as the best veteran teammate his son has ever had.

A three-time Sixth Man of the Year, and Atlanta native, Williams was a key member of the team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021 despite his best years being behind him.

He averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in his final two seasons with the Hawks. But at his peak in 2017-18, Williams averaged 22.6 points, 5.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals.

Williams called it a career after the 2021-22 season.

Solomon Hill signs with Hawks in Year 8

While Solomon Hill did not have the peak that some of the others on this list had, it still came several years before he signed with the Hawks in free agency in 2021 for his age-30 season. The former first-round pick of the Indiana Pacers averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2017.

Hill averaged 4.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in his first season with the Hawks, providing some toughness for a young team.

His 71 appearances that season were the third-most in his career. But Hill averaged just 1.8 boards, 0.9 assists, and 0.6 points in 13 appearances with the Hawks in 2021-22 before Atlanta traded him to the New York Knicks along with Cam Reddish.

Atlanta received Kevin Knox and a first-round pick.

They would send the pick (courtesy of the Charlotte Hornets) to the San Antonio Spurs last offseason for Dejounte Murray.