So, there’s two free agents off the board.
Andre Iguodala signed with the Warriors today after Golden State was able to dump the salaries of Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to Utah. The deal is for four years, $48 million.
USA Today’s Sam Amick has reported that Dwight Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets. Current details of a contract are unknown.
What does this mean for the Hawks? Well, their likely plan-B is off the table; the Hawks had been rumored to be in heavy pursuit of Iggy if they missed out on Howard and CP3. (which they now have) Free agents Al Jefferson, Tyreke Evans, JJ Redick, Tony Allen, and David West are also off the board now.
So, who’s left? Of course, the Hawks still have their own free agents to look at in Josh Smith, Devin Harris, Jeff Teague, and Zaza Pachulia, with Smoove likely being the best available of all options at this point. (even if Dwight hasn’t picked a team yet, he’s most likely not picking Atlanta) Nikola Pekovic is still out there, but I expect Minnesota to match any offer he gets, even if it does put them in the luxury tax.
Of course, a sign-and-trade with Houston to send Josh Smith to play with his best friend, Dwight, is still in play. In such a trade, the Hawks would likely get center Omer Asik and might have to take on Jeremy Lin.
Paul Millsap may now be one of the more intriguing options for the Hawks. Yes, Horford would still have to play center if Millsap was signed, but Millsap can rebound well and space the floor. His defense isn’t ideal, but it could work.
Andrei Kirilenko is also a feasible option right now, as is Corey Brewer. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, who are now likely to sign elsewhere because of Golden State’s new situation, could also be a fit with Mike Budenholzer’s vision of this team.
Players I would avoid like the plague: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, and JJ Hickson. To be fair, Jennings and Ellis are players that could work in the right system, but I’m not a fan of their play styles. Hickson is a trainwreck; don’t even look into it, Danny.