5 Questions the Atlanta Hawks Must Answer This Offseason

5 Questions the Atlanta Hawks Must Answer This Offseason

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The Atlanta Hawks stunned the sports world with an easy victory over the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their playoff series. The Hawks were not supposed to be in this position. In a season filled with injuries and long losing streaks, Atlanta was supposed to be lottery bound. Instead, the Hawks may be on the verge of making history. What can the Hawks do for an encore next season? The next five questions may provide the answer.

5. What To Do With Lou Williams?

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5. What To Do With Lou Williams?

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Lou Williams has had mixed success ever since he joined the Hawks as a free agent last season. The Hawks have to upgrade the bench if the team has any chance of playing with the big boys in the East next season, and getting rid of Williams may be the first step in achieving that goal.

4. Can Kyle Korver Stay in Atlanta Forever?

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4. Can Kyle Korver Stay in Atlanta Forever?

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Kyle Korver has been a terrific addition to the Hawks roster, and it will be to management's benefit to make sure their sharpshooter doesn't fly the coop.

3. How Will Al Horford Fit In When He Returns?

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3. How Will Al Horford Fit In When He Returns?

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Al Horford was supposed to be the man in Atlanta when the team decided to ship Joe Johnson out of town. But once he got hit with the injury bug and was forced to sit out the rest of the season, Paul Millsap has taken over the role of go-to scorer. The goal for Atlanta next season is getting the big man to accept a sidekick role to Millsap. The question is will Horford accept that role?

2. Can The Hawks Afford To Pay Paul Millsap More?

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2. Can The Hawks Afford To Pay Paul Millsap More?

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When Horford went down for the year, Millsap became the Hawks' savior, leading the team's offensive assault and becoming their best low-post weapon. Millsap was signed on the cheap this year, but he will definitely be commanding more money to stay put in Atlanta. The question is, will the Hawks open up their checkbook to pay him?

1. Can The Team Also Lock Up Jeff Teague Long-Term?

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1. Can The Team Also Lock Up Jeff Teague Long-Term?

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Not only does the Hawks have to worry about keeping Millsap, but the team will have to decide on whether or not Jeff Teague deserves a long-term deal as well. The guard has soared in his own right to become one of the NBA's best point guards, and keeping Teague in Atlanta long-term will be crucial if the Hawks want to visit the postseason dance again for the foreseeable future.

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  • Justin Hammock

    Danny Ferry has done an amazing job with the Hawks financially. The Hawks will EASILY be able to get the guys back plus a big FA signing. I am finally understanding what this culture change is all about. I am proud that we are adopting a world class system that Atlanta has needed for a VERY long time. Less flash (Josh Smith Era) More Wins (San Antonio). Now bring me the 5 buck tickets Koonin so I can actually go to games during the season.

  • Hawks Champs 2016

    WHAT!!!?? Horford is by far the better player and there is no way that management doesn’t know it. Horford will be the number one option come next year and Millsap is most likely trade bait unless he is successful at converting to SF next year, also they signed Jeff Teague to a 3 year deal already and this is the first year. Lue Williams was a 6th man of the year canadite until he tore his acl last year so, one more year and he will have his legs back and I dont think they will give up on him that quick. Seriously I dont think the writer of this article has been watching the Hawks long