Trade likely means Hawks are planning for something

What does Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks’ big picture guy, have planned? (Curtis Compton, AJC)

What does Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks' big picture guy, have planned? (Curtis Compton, AJC)

What does Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks’ big picture guy, have planned? (Curtis Compton, AJC)

This isn’t to suggest the Hawks have a done deal with Ray Allen, another wing player or a big man in hopes of strengthening themselves for the postseason. But teams don’t do what they did Tuesday without a reason.

If you missed it, the Hawks dealt power forward/center Adreian Payne, their first-round pick last year, to Minnesota for a lottery-protected first-round pick. Coach and interim general manager Mike Budenholzer called the deal a “win-win” for both teams. The truth is, there’s no way of knowing that until we see what kind of player Payne turns into.

But there’s no question the Hawks are planning for something. Budenholzer says he likes his team and he doesn’t feel compelled to make a move before the Feb. 19 trade deadline. But there is zero reason for them to make this trade now, other than to open a roster spot for a potential imminent player acquisition. Here are the two possibilities:

— Ray Allen, the free agent who has been somewhere between retirement and an extended rest this season. He is expected to finalize a decision during the All-Star break  about whether he will remain retired or, if he plays, which team he will sign with. The Hawks are among the bidders, along with Cleveland, Washington, Miami, Golden State, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers. Allen makes sense for the Hawks on several levels, especially with Thabo Sefolosha out with a calf stain. Allen would give the team another legitimate outside threat for when teams look to double Kyle Korver in certain situations in the postseason.

— Another wing or a big man potentially acquired before the trade deadline. When I spoke to Budenholzer last week, he denied the team needed more size up front, saying, “I can’t find a way to play all of our bigs now. I know some perceive we don’t have rim protection or a 7-footer. I’m either naive or stubborn or both, but I’ll go to war with these guys.”

That sounds good. But if Al Horford gets into foul trouble, the Hawks are in trouble. Teams need a guy to bring in off the bench when play gets physical. I’ll say it again: Jason Collins was a non-factor most of the season a few years ago, but his play against Dwight Howard was a major reason the Hawks upset Orlando in the playoffs.

We’ll find out in the next week if the Hawks make a move. But it’s not just a coincidence that they traded Payne now.

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23 comments
itsslomotionbaby
itsslomotionbaby

if its another sharp shooter we need, hell I say just groom john Jenkins by giving him 3 shots a game and sit him.but please lets get somebody in hear that's atheletic a javele McGhee type if you have too.for the love of me I don't know why we aren't considering ed tevares.Trust me theguy is not a reincarnation of PRIEST LAURDERDALE. tevares can get up and down the court.

BuddyGrizzard
BuddyGrizzard

"There is zero reason for them to make this trade now"


There are two fairly compelling reasons to make this trade now:


1. Adreian Payne is a bust and the Hawks needed to trade him while he still had any trade value. Had the Hawks played him for extended minutes, the fact that he's a bust would have been commonly known and his trade value would be zero.


2. It opens up additional cap space in the offseason for the Hawks to add an impact player. I put the Hawks at around $10 million in space after this move.

Ald420
Ald420

Sign Ray Allen and sit him on the bench, so the Cavs dont get him.

keitho54
keitho54

These sports writers for the AJC are pitiful.  Now we know why everyone makes fun of UGA grads.

... calf [stain]... give me a break.

Do they not have any editors or writers?

Wilbo
Wilbo

@keitho54 Writers for the AJC: morons all.


Dimwit Schooltz & sloppily dressed Mark Brat Li: sadly pathetic bloggers for a supposedly major city newspaper. Just pathetic.


syrupmaker
syrupmaker

Larry Sanders from Milwaukee is exactly what we need.  I don't know if he is on the trading block however.

agIII
agIII

I really think they need a big to come off the bench.  They need someone who can grab rebounds.

EmoryEagles
EmoryEagles

I feel they need another body in to get some rebounds.  That is the one area I've been concerned about all year.  We aren't bad by any means, but feel we could use some help.

km42
km42

We're out front, but if the offer doesn't fit what Bud wants, I think we don't take that risk.


Could be looking for SF depth, something we could use going into the playoffs.

JeffinRaleigh
JeffinRaleigh

@km42  Well said. This is my biggest area of concern re: the Hawks. Doesn't have to be anything huge - just a guy who can grab some boards and play D off the bench.


Maybe a guy who gets bought out in the next several days?


I don't think Ray Allen's skills match here. We have plenty of shooting - we need to reinforce the defense.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Schultz actually writes something positive about the Hawks?.   Run for the hills everyone, the end is near.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Ray Allen?! If I turn out to be the idiot on this one, I will willingly admit it, but in my mind only a complete fool would think of putting Ray Allen on this team.


Schooltzee, Mr. Retard Bozo, you aren't writing about the Falcons here, Sonny Boy! They are the ones who run out at every opportunity and bring in some overpaid, worn out, broken down, tired, skills used up n vanished old man for the fans to throw tomatoes at. Yeah, well, and the Braves....

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

Has Jeff Schultz watched the Hawks this season?  He sounds like a Johnny Come Lately.  Ray Allen would not help this team.  John Jenkins and Shelvin Mack would contribute more than Ray.  Who is he going to guard?  I'll tell you, NOBODY!!  This team is built on defense. What this team does need is a big body to spell Horford in the middle.  Larry Sanders??

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

This team is winning with defense.  Ray Allen doesn't play defense.  And if they were freeing up a roster spot for Allen, why wasn't Jenkins or Mack the ones to go?  

rockinreel
rockinreel

We are beating  line-ups now with 7 footers, so Budenholzer seems to have a handle on what we need, such as not a 7 footer.  Can't go wrong adding a scorer to an already high-scoring offense.  However, Ray Allen has about 7 or more teams to choose, so six will not land him.  Odds are, we won't.

David McCallum
David McCallum

@rockinreel Whatever he does, he better right. Playoff team don't usually mortgage their future. The only possible deal that makes sense at this point s Greg Monroe if Pistons decide they won't be able to sign him this summer. 

ChefTimDix
ChefTimDix

If the Hawks make move with Allen they get healthy now and help post season SOME.

Garnett as limited as he is, would help post season MORE.

LarvellBlanks
LarvellBlanks

I think now is an excellent time to trade for Danny Manning.