5 Free Agents The Atlanta Hawks Should Target This Offseason

By Mark Wilson

5 Free Agents The Atlanta Hawks Should Target This Offseason

Atlanta Hawks, 2014 NBA Free Agents
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The Atlanta Hawks have gone through a tough season but still find themselves fighting for a playoff spot. The loss of Al Horford early in the season caused the Hawks to do some serious roster maneuvering. The results have been better than what any fan expected. With Horford set to return next season there needs to be a few roster upgrades around him.

Here are five free agents the Hawks should target this offseason.

5. Mike Scott

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5. Mike Scott

Mike Scott, Atlanta Hawks, 2014 NBA Free Agents
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A backup big is easy to come by in the league, but one who can actually play the position and contribute is harder to find. Scott has proven his worth to the team with great minutes and contributions while backing up Millsap this season.

4. Rudy Gay

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4. Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, 2014 NBA Free Agency
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Gay is another perimeter threat who can flat out score the ball. Defense might not be his specialty, but offense is his calling card and the Hawks lack a good perimeter threat from the small forward position.

3. Evan Turner

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3. Evan Turner

Evan Turner, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, 2014 NBA Free Agency
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Turner can score off the dribble, play defense and is a great passer. He will bring a dimension that the Hawks have been missing for years.

2. Lance Stephenson

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2. Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, 2014 NBA Free Agents
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The Hawks need a shooting guard who can create offense for himself and his teammates off the dribble. Kyle Korver is a great shooter, but he doesn’t provide much else on the floor. Stephenson can get to the rim with ease and is a great wing defender as well.

1. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, 2914 NBA Free Agency
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1. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, 2914 NBA Free Agency
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Perimeter scoring is needed for the Hawks to keep winning. Anthony can provide perimeter play as well as low post scoring. He can draw a double team which will free up space down low for Millsap and Horford.

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