Friday, May 25, 2007

What the Atlanta Hawks will do this offseason

The Atlanta Hawks really lucked out by winning the number three pick in next month's draft. Of course, had they gotten a pick from 4-14, it would have gone to the Phoenix Suns. With that number three pick, the Hawks should pick Mike Conley, Jr., but mock drafts have them picking Chinese forward Yi Jianlian. However, there is a possibility that they could trade the pick to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a package that could include Zach Randolph and Jarrett Jack, or players from a third team if the Hawks don't have enough interest in those players.

For the offseason, the Hawks should go after a point guard if they don't get Conley in the draft. Something they could do but probably won't is to make a run at Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups. If the Hawks could somehow pull that off, they could make the playoffs next year. Also, like many other teams in the East, the Hawks could use a big man, so expect them to make a run at Magic forward/center Darko Milicic. In my opinion, he would be a lot cheaper now than in two or three years. I just think he is waiting for his chance to break through.

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