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News » Atlanta Hawks Roster Report 2009-07-10

Atlanta Hawks Roster Report 2009-07-10

Atlanta Hawks Roster Report 2009-07-10

Jeff Teague, G, 6-1, Wake Forest (first round) -- The Hawks had to have a young point guard added to the mix with the loss of Acie Law IV. And in a draft dripping with point guard talent, Teague could prove to be a steal at 19.

Sergiy Gladyr, G, 6-5, Ukraine (second round) -- Hawks fans will have to search YouTube for clips of Gladyr the next couple of years, because the sweet shooting guard is likely to remain in Europe to develop.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Hawks have already locked up Mike Bibby and Zaza Pachulia. But there's more work to be done. Marvin Williams is a restricted free agent and talks between the two sides don't appear to be going anywhere right now.

The Hawks played hardball with Josh Childress and Josh Smith last summer, refusing to budge on meager offers to both players, and wound up losing both times. Childress bolted for a contract with Greek power Olympiakos and Smith signed an offer sheet with Memphis that the Hawks were forced to match.

Even with Mike Bibby and Zaza Pachulia deciding to come back, the Hawks' to-do list remains long. The roster must be filled out with at least two more bigs for the frontcourt rotation and perhaps another small forward to play behind Williams.

With the potential targets dwindling, the Hawks will be forced to consider bringing back restricted free agents Solomon Jones and Mario West if they can't find better on the open market.


--G Jamal Crawford's arrival is a sign of the changing times for the Hawks. Crawford wasn't just happy to join the team after its back-to-back playoff trips. He was, in his own words, ecstatic about it. "(Golden State) could have sent me anywhere," he said. "To come to an up-and-coming team, a team that went to the second round of the playoffs, they were fun to watch... I'm happy to be here and be a part of it."

--F Josh Smith is working out a bit closer to home this summer. Rather than bolting for his usual spot in Houston, where he's worked out with legends like Calvin Murphy and Hakeem Olajuwon, Smith opted for a spot in his old high school gymnasium. He's been doing a one-on-one tutorial with former Hawks star Steve Smith, no relation, who still resides in Atlanta. If the elder Smith can polish some of the rough edges of the younger Smith's game, particularly his face-up skills and post game, the Hawks will be the beneficiaries of all that hard work.


--C Al Horford got a clean bill of health for the summer after struggling in the playoffs with an ankle injury.

--G Joe Johnson has finally had a chance to rest his injured left foot that Hawks coach Mike Woodson said bothered him more than anyone let on during the playoffs.

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