Atlanta Hawks 2012-2013 Season Preview
The Atlanta Hawks are coming into this season having made the playoffs the following five straight years. With a bunch of injuries their playoffs would end in the first round at the hands of the Boston Celtics last season. Wanting to shake things up the front office hired Danny Ferry as new president of operations and as general manager.
Ferry immediately shook things up trading away Joe Johnson to Brooklyn within two weeks on the job. Shipping off Johnson for a bunch of expiring contracts and a lottery protected first round pick in 2013 freed up nearly 90 million they would have owed him over the next four seasons.
Marvin Williams the team’s starting small forward since 2007 was also sent off to the Utah Jazz for guard Devin Harris. The Hawks have yet to find a viable replacement for Williams but shed another large contract roughly 100 million over five years.
To be able to contend for their sixth straight playoff spot the Hawks needed somebody who could replace Joe Johnson who even though his offense has been declining still averaged 19 points per game last season. So the Atlanta Hawks grabbed free agent Lou Williams who can play both the guard spots and averaged 20+ points per 36 minutes.
Josh Smith remains their biggest star with the old front office having stated he is the reason for the franchise’s success over the years. However it will remain to be seen if the new Hawks management views him the same and resigns him when his contract is up next season.
Soon we will find out if the Atlanta Hawks reloaded enough talent to still be a contender for sixth consecutive playoff appearance or if they are a rebuilidng project. Keeping Josh Smith and acquisition of Lou Williams would be the major factor in them returning. Dont be surprised to see Smith in another uniform in 2013 if it doesn’t pan out and they fail to make the playoffs
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