With a number of injuries to key players, the Atlanta Hawks needed to make a move at the NBA Trade Deadline in order to improve their roster and fight for a position in the playoffs. Now, the team’s playoff hopes may be fading after GM Danny Ferry decided the only move the Hawks would make is to trade for the veteran Antawn Jamison of the Los Angeles Clippers.
No disrespect to Jamison, who has been a great player in this league for quite some time, but this was not the move Atlanta fans wanted to see happen. With so many names floating around at the trade deadline such as Jordan Hill and Evan Turner, the Hawks could have made a great deal to improve their team if they acquired one of these players. Instead, they went ahead and traded for a 37-year-old who has played very limited minutes with the Clippers this year.
If this was 2008, they would have made a fantastic deal for a guy who’s averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for his career, but it’s 2014 which means this trade makes no sense from a basketball standpoint. In only 22 games, Jamison averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game off the bench for Los Angeles. What’s even worse is that most of his minutes have come in garbage time when his presence on the floor makes no sort of impact on whether the Clippers win or lose games.
He’s been so ineffective in the games he’s played that even Atlanta is reconsidering the trade. Ferry has decided to talk to Jamison to gauge his interest in putting on a Hawks’ uniform and will also watch him work out before determining whether or not to buyout his contract. If he decides to stick around, this wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for a team ravaged by injuries, but in the end the Hawks missed their chance to make a move that could pay off huge dividends.
With a player such as Hill out there, Ferry should have given the Los Angeles Lakers what they wanted for the 26-year-old power forward. All the Lakers asked for in return was a second-round pick, and Atlanta could have easily given up this pick in order to attain the athletic 6-foot-10 big man. Coming off the bench he was averaging 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which is exactly the kind of production the Hawks could use while Al Horford, Pero Antic and Gustavo Ayon all sit out with injuries.