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Hawks could join Carmelo Anthony free agent frenzy

Jun 24, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT

Getting Carmelo Anthony would be a boon for any team chasing the free agent.

Apparently, even just getting an interview with Melo would be a boon.

Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN:

Carmelo Anthony has yet to publicly reveal the process by which he plans to entertain other teams in free agency now that he has opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, but the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams that expect to have the opportunity to make their pitch to him starting July 1, according to sources close to the situation.

Teams can’t formally contact free agents until 12:01 a.m. ET July 1, but sources told ESPN.com that the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat are two more teams that could join the race for Anthony, depending on how things play out before, during and after Thursday’s NBA draft.

In the end, I expect Melo will let practically any team willing to shower him adoration and a large-contract offer meet with him. Why not?

Most of that list is standard fare, but the Hawks are a newly reported suitor. Atlanta will have significant cap room, though not quite enough to make a max offer. The Hawks could easily get there by trading players like Jeff Teague ($8 million), Kyle Korver ($6,253,521), Lou Williams ($5.45 million) and DeMarre Carroll ($2,442,455).

I’d imagine they’d keep Al Horford and Paul Millsap. Millsap is more expendable of the two, but Horford and Melo would make a dreadful 4-5 defensive combo. So, Millsap is necessary to keep Melo at small forward.

Creating cap room is not the problem. The ability to make a max offer without involving the Knicks in a sign-and-trade actually gives the Hawks an advantage.

Convincing Melo to join a smaller marker like Atlanta would likely be a bigger issue. Maybe the Hawks can do it, but first they have to get their foot in the door.

  1. kingperk123 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    LOL. Never

  2. spursareold - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Didn’t ATL just let another ball stopper, Josh Smith, walk for nothing last summer? Why would they want back on the selfish, narcissistic semi-superstar merry go round?

  3. 88heatnation - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I think as a franchise even unrealistic trade proposals or free agent acquisition ideas are rumors there to living up the fans, give excitement hope of the future teams direction. Its just a stunt guys relax.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Like when the Heat retired the #23 because of how Great Michael Jordan was for the game of the basketball? He never played a minute or had anything to do with the franchise down there in South Beach BUT hey, they did sell out Michael Jordan retirement night in 2003.

      The number 23 was the first jersey number retired by the Heat and he never played for them. But I sure that is not a stunt, right?

  4. sumkat - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I’m surprised that soon after we learn for sure that LeBron has opted out, we hear that the Hawks are looking to jump into the FA frenzy, and are targeting Melo.

    I think this is a sign of things to come. I do think teams are obviously going to take a run at LeBron now that he’s out there, but I think it will only be teams that are title favorites the day he signs the contract. LeBron has 2 rings, the whole “we could be in the mix for a title” thing won’t carry the same weight with him. He can stay in Miami and be in the mix, probably the favorite. It’s going to have to be “with you on the roster, who could stop us?”. Only a few teams can make that pitch, and have the ability to make that move. In the end, I don’t see him leaving Miami

    Melo on the other hand, has no rings, and has never been close. Words like could, should, and might probably won’t stick out to him as much. Since he seems more realistic, he’ll have more suitors. I still think there is an outside shot at him returning to NY. Honestly, if I’m the Knicks, i don’t answer his phone calls and let him walk. I’m not saying you can’t build a winner around him, I am saying they can’t build a team around him as currently constructed. By the time they could clear the trash around him, and bring in guys good enough to help him compete, his prime is over. At this point, it looks better for all concerned long term, to part ways. Both parties will probably get a chance at competing for a title sooner than they would if they stayed together

  5. klownboy - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    No way Melo goes to the Hawks. Never. I think he’ll go to the Bulls instead…
    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-Ur

  6. csbanter - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Why would Melo want to become Joe Johnson Part II in Atlanta ? Never happening.

  7. bealwithit - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Carmelo would fit in well there at SF if they can make that work. All Star front court with Al Horford and Paul Millsap. Back court with an athletic PG in Jeff Teague and one of the best shooters in the league in Kyle Korver at SG. Really like the balance in that starting lineup.

    Carmelo would be an excellent fit for teams like Atlanta and Washington, but I don’t know how much he will consider it.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      I like melo but who plays defense on that team? Milsap and teague are undersized and melo is better defending bigger guys in the post than chasing around small forwards on the outside and korver can’t cover anyone. Also horford is good but like josh smith has no motor and disappears to often in games.

  8. rohlo - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    lmao yeah right!!!!!! isnt happening!!this is just the hawks puttign their name out there and telling their fans ,well we tried!!!

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