Now that they’ve missed out on Dwight Howard, couldn’t make the Omer Asik thing work, and neglected to beat the Cavs’ modest offer for Andrew Byunum, it appears that the Hawks are content to let Horford play the 5 for the seventh consecutive season. They’re also allegedly more interested in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings than they are in Jeff Teague, which is…curious. I suppose a two-year deal for Ellis wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, but I don’t know if that’s feasible or not.
As things stand now, the Hawks’ depth chart looks something like this, as best I can tell:
1 — [Teague or Jennings or Ellis] / Schroeder / Mack
2 — Williams / Jenkins / Cunningham
3 — Korver / Carroll [/ Stevenson?]
4 — Millsap / Scott [/ Johnson? / Tolliver?]
5 — Horford / Muscala [/ Nogueira?]
That’s competitive, but it could be better, and the Hawks still have between $9 and $15 million in cap room, depending on what they decide to do with some of the guys at the perceived end of the roster. (Of course, a good chunk of that will be spent one of those point guards.) It’s a little uninspiring, based on what I was dreaming of before the start of free agency, but there’s some upside, and the one thing Ferry has done is assemble valuable assets — there are no outrageous contracts that couldn’t be moved, and some of them could be moved for quite a bit of value.
Honestly, I wish they’d rolled the dice with Bynum — it’s not like they couldn’t have beaten a guaranteed $6 million without totally tying the franchise’s future to the health of his knees, but they have more information than I do, so I guess I’ll just trust them.
Still optimistic about the team’s future, but less over-the-moon than I was a week ago. Curious to see what happens next.