By Kareem Gantt @kganttwrites on April 25, 2014
The Atlanta Hawks shamed all NBA pundits by overcoming adversity to make the playoffs. The Hawks have taken their shock value further by taking a two games to one lead over the top seeded Indiana Pacers, but that has not stopped the rumor mill surrounding the Hawks and their future. Let's explore what could lie ahead for the Hawks.
Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder is rumored to be the front-runner to be the next head coach of the Utah Jazz after the team fired Tyrone Corbin. Snyder's loss would be greatly felt in Atlanta, especially after the masterful job he did reinventing the Hawks' offense after Al Horford went down for the season.
Millsap signed a bargain free agent contract with the Hawks last summer only to go on and become an All-Star for the first time in his career and lead the team in scoring and rebounds. Rumor has it that the Hawks are ready to open their checkbooks and give Millsap the payday that he deserves.
Elton Brand was brought in at mid-season after Horford went down for the year. Brand provided stability in the second unit, and Hawks management may be willing to shell out a little cash to keep the big man in Atlanta for the near term.
Korver is rumored to be happy with his role in Atlanta and willing to take less to stay with the team. Korver has in fact been a solid addition to the Hawks, and it would be a blow if he flew the coop.
Horford was the top dog for the Hawks. But when he went down for the year, Paul Millsap stepped in and carried the load for Atlanta. With Horford due to be back next season, he may have to face the reality of playing second fiddle to Millsap. Horford may not be happy with this, which could lead the team to listen to trade offers for the talented big man.
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