Hold on, let me look at that again… *checks link* Yeah, he gave the Hawks a C+.
That seems… harsh.
I get that there was this dream of the Hawks signing Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, but the Hawks still had a great offseason. They avoided tying up a lot of money in lengthy contracts, got a great deal on Paul Millsap to replace Josh Smith, and drafted Dennis Schröder and Lucas Nogueira, two of the most fawned after prospects from this year’s Summer League. They also possibly picked up the best coach on the market this summer in Mike Budenholzer.
The Hawks could easily improve upon their record from last season (44-38), but have moved into a position of cap flexibility for the foreseeable future. Compare this to the Milwaukee Bucks (also given a C+ by Ford), who… well, I’m not exactly sure what the hell the Bucks are doing; they’ve make themselves healthy cap wise, but they have 10 frontcourt players under contract, including giving Zaza a $16 million deal. (I love Zaza, but he’s not worth that much)
Another one of my favorite exchanges goes to one of my favorite offseason GM performances: Atlanta’s Danny Ferry letting Smith leave, then replacing him with Paul Millsap (two years, $19 million = THEY S-T-O-L-E HIM), keeping Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague (four years, $56 million combined), then drafting German point guard Dennis Schroeder and a Brazilian energy guy named Bebe (I like both of them). Can someone send me the e-mail addresses of all 175 Hawks fans? I’d like to congratulate them.
Simmons’ snark aside, it seems like most people agree that the Hawks did very well in the 2013 offseason. Hopefully that thought will stay the same over the next few years.