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Hawks meet with Anthony Randolph as Ferry keeps bargain hunting

Jul 9, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT


Anthony Randolph had himself a nice little season last year. After years of being the do-it-all forward who couldn’t do anything, he landed in Minnesota and showed some genuine talent and the ability to legitimately play the 4, something which had eluded him for years in Golden State. With Minnesota, he finally made some progress, but not enough for them to retain him.

One team that’s taking a look at him, and which makes sense since they’re bargain shopping, is the Hawks. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Hawks met with free agent forward Anthony Randolph over the weekend. Ferry said the Hawks also are scheduled to meet with free agent forward Rashard Lewis, who didn’t commit to the Heat after meeting with the team in Miami on Sunday.

via Atlanta Hawks: Danny Ferry tries to ease Josh Smith’s concerns | Atlanta Hawks.

Randolph would be an odd fit in Atlanta, but a lineup featuring Josh Smith at the 3, Al Horford at the 5 with Randolph at the 4 would be mesmerizing with the amount of freakish athleticism on the floor. Randolph was heralded as the next great point forward, but lacks the guard abilities to point and certainly can’t guard anyone. But he’s getting there.

The truth is that Randolph’s best days are in front of him. Ferry’s smart to pursue bargain deals like one for Randolph in order to fill out the rebuilding Hawks’ roster.

  1. cameltoehoe - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Total head case. Puff, puff, PASS!

  2. Justin - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    “With Minnesota, he finally made some progress”

    Maybe his stats show that but you clearly did not watch him play. Still a great individual talent but horrible team player. He would often times grab a rebound and insist on dribbling it up court even when Rubio would be calling for the ball. Most frustrating thing ever.

    Unless Danny Ferry brought with the Witched Witch’s broomstick and then uses a wish to get Randolph a brain.

  3. jkaflagg - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    This guy kind of reminds me of Chris Wilcox, who always looked great on the court but never seemed to focus long enough to establish himself as a player……usually a kick- butt coach or veteran is necessary to get such a player to advance, but I don’t know who that would be on the Hawks….

  4. cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    He never took a picture in a Wolves uniform?
    This guy has a load of talent, just way too lazy!

  5. thatstinks - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    If he wasn’t dumb& lazy there wouldn’t be any bargain hunting no ? Have you seen what those NBA players that are somewhat professional get paid !?

  6. mannyicey - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    I haven’t seen Anthony Randolph play ball. I’m reading the blogs on the subject. With all of that, it sounds like it may be a good pick for the Hawks. Here’s the reason why:

    What the coach wants and what the Hawks have currently, are the building blocks of an athletic, physical team that can properly run the Motion Offense. The Motion Offense is for the athletically-gifted, but it doesn’t really require a high degree of basketball acumen in order to play it. It’s “Two-Mississippi” and pass, shoot or attack. You reduce the Isos and you have to have a motor to run it.

    What does the Hawks have right now- An athletic, running Center in Al Horford; a freak in Josh Smith and a speedster in Jeff Teague. What did they give up? A pure creative 2 that slows things down in Joe Johnson. See Joe’s good, but he takes his time, analyzes his man and beats him in Isolation. And the same goes for Marvin Williams. He didn’t run the floor as fast as Teague is comfortable with. Horford used to beat Marvin down the floor and he’s the Center!

    So Randolph looks like he can run with the best of them. And that fits.

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