They have had some nice talent, but simply not enough to seriously contend. GM Danny Ferry took over the reins last season and made it a priority to clear as much cap space as possible. He got rid of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams and also chose not to give star Josh Smith a contract decision, a move that looks very wise a year later. Smith is a really nice player, but he is not the type of guy who can lead you to a championship.
The Hawks’ original plan was to clear as much cap space as possible to sign Dwight Howard and Chris Paul in free agency this summer. That plan is at least 50 percent ruined as Paul has already resigned with the Los Angeles Clippers. Howard has met with the Hawks organization to discuss a possible fit, but the odds of him joining the Hawks are slim to none.
missing out on those two star players, the organization figures to be one of the worst teams in the league next season, an opportunity that might turn out better for the franchise. With an expected top-five pick in next year’s draft, they can gain another potential franchise cornerstone to pair with Al Horford and Jeff Teague, ultimately forming a really nice young core moving forward.
The Hawks have a tough road ahead of them, but they have an opportunity to rebuild quicker than most other teams.
Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18