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What if: Atlanta drafted Chris Paul in 2005
Tuesday , Nov , 05 , 2013 Joseph Sobczyk

What if: Atlanta drafted Chris Paul in 2005

The Atlanta Hawks had their pick of point guards in 2005. Between Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Ray Felton they really couldn't go wrong. They chose Marvin Williams. What would their future have looked like if they had drafted CP3

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Hawks would have been a very high scoring team who would have been a piece or two away from title contention.

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Tuesday , Nov , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Al Horford in, Josh Smith out with Atlanta Hawks?

The Atlanta Hawks announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a multi-year extension with center Al Horford, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Sund.

Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Media reports indicate the deal is worth $60 million over five years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One step forward. How many steps backwards?

Instead of celebrating signing Al Horford to a reported five-year, $60 million extension, the Atlanta Hawks were peppered with questions about the future.

Fair enough. Forget their recent on-court success. These are the Hawks.

They’re still the Siberia South of the NBA. They still have dysfunctional owners. And they still lack the resources to field a champion.

The news of Horford’s signing led to one question: who is leaving?

After all, the Hawks can’t possibly afford big tickets for Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, and Horford, right?

Somebody must be on the trading block, but whom?

Johnson, the franchise star with a max’ contract, isn’t leaving; there’s little market for an expensive blending player like Williams, especially in this economy; and Horford just re-upped.

This makes Smith – a high-flying, talented, and temperamental forward - expendable. He’ll be in demand, even with three years and $36 million remaining on his big ticket. 

While he has more baggage than a New York socialite on a weekend jaunt to the Hamptons, Smith can play.

He’s long, athletic, and versatile. Trading him for financial flexibility would hurt one of the Eastern Conference’s most promising teams.

Such is life with the Hawks. One step forward, two steps backwards. Somethings never change.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Atlanta Hawks wisely pass on Shaquille O’Neal

The Hawks have no plans to sign free-agent center Shaquille O'Neal.

A source says Atlanta's ownership doesn't want to exceed the luxury-tax threshold of $70.307 million. They are currently about $4 million shy.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Shaquille O’Neal will not be plying his trade in the state of Georgia for the Atlanta Hawks next season.

The Hawks won't meet O’Neal’s salary demands because they would be over the luxury tax threshold and have to fork over multi-million dollar penalty payments to the league.

This is a wise choice.

O’Neal – an established veteran and future Hall of Famer - is difficult for any coach, especially a first year man like Larry Drew. The five-man has clashed with several of his old sideline bosses such as Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, and Terry Porter.    

And his affinity for minutes and touches would likely upset a young and temperamental frontline of Al Horford, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams.

Hopefully, Atlanta will consider exceeding the luxury tax and investing in the right player(s), though. After all, their starters are talented, but need support off the bench.

To compete in the beefed-up Eastern Conference, the Hawks must open their wallets and spend –just on the appropriate personnel.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shaquille O’Neal would be ‘The Big Problem’ with Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have offered Shaquille O'Neal a two-year contract that starts at $5.8 million per season, according to NBA sources close to both the team and the player.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Is The Big Aristotle about to become The Big ATL?

Reports indicate Shaquille O'Neal is considering the Hawks' multi-year deal; however, it remains to be seen if this would be a fit for both player and team.

Shaq is desperate for another NBA Title. Unfortunately, good but not great Atlanta is hardly the spot for him to taste championship glory for the fifth time in his illustrious career.

Even if the Hawks signed the massive post, they wouldn't be better than the past two Eastern Conference champions: the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. And they'd struggle with the Cleveland Cavaliers -provided Lebron James does the expected and re-signs later this week.

Meanwhile, Atlanta needs bench help, and not an aging five-man who spends a minimum of twenty games per season on the bench rocking designer suits.

When O'Neal is fit, he would demand minutes and touches, which would likely alienate a young, talented, and temperamental frontline of Al Horford, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams.

However, the biggest potential issue would be with rookie coach Larry Drew because O'Neal has clashed with almost every sideline boss he ever had.

For instance, after leaving the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, he publicly slammed Phil Jackson and Pat Riley -both of whom are in the Hall of Fame.

This brings us back to Drew. The former back-up point guard is a career assistant, who got the head gig in Atlanta for one reason: he was cheap.  

So Drew has less credibility than former Phoenix Suns head coach Terry Porter, who O'Neal sabotaged, undercut, and compromised before he was replaced at mid-season by Alvin Gentry.

What would happen when Drew tells O'Neal to lose weight or defend the pick-and-roll?

Simply put, he can't. Frankly, Drew lacks the pedigree to truly hold O'Neal accountable. And this would surely become a problem for an impressionable team.

On the surface, this partnership sounds nice. Both O'Neal and Atlanta should take a pass, though. It's for the best.

--Oly Sandor.

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