IceCold: No worries. Antic is an interesting player too because he has a non-guaranteed contract for next season. I think they like him because he spreads the floor so well with the 3-pointer. I'd like to see him venture under the basket a bit more - as he has done of late.
Fact of the day as I wait: Hawks have 16 regular-season games remaining, 10 at home where they play about .650. Magic number to clinch playoff spot is 12 (if my math is correct).
IceColdATLien: See answer below.
Lon: The Kawhi Leonard insight was a great part of my interview with Coach Popovich this summer wasn't it. That was great stuff. I think it will be the same here as in San Antonio. Everyone will have a voice, including Bud.
BG: I think the Hawks definitely need more shooting and more defense. There were too many scoring droughts this season. There were too many 30-plus point quarters from the opposition. That is where the Hawks should look.
gdg73: Good point on Lillard and Davis. They are stars. My point, impact players are rare.
Lon: Ivan Johnson is another interesting case. I think some team next season will sign him. There is baggage but you can't fault his energy and toughness. He just didn't fit the Hawks.
Lucas Noguiera is an interesting situation. With the knee trouble he had this year, I don't think there was a lot of development. I have not seen him to see if he has put on the much-needed bulk. I could see him playing at least one more season in Spain. He should be in summer league and that will help get an idea of the next step.
JJ: I think the Hawks will try to get better through the draft. I just don't believe players tank. An organization may put a suspect team together in hopes of getting a better draft pick but once the season starts, players play to win. Are you going to tell DeMarre Carroll or Paul Millsap, or any of the Hawks, not to play hard or try to lose. I don't believe it works that way. With that being said, getting an impact player in the draft is not always a given. This is a very good draft, I'm told, but whether any player makes an immediate impact remains to be seen. Who was the last drafted player to become a team's star player? Maybe Paul George.
Hiroiyo: The Hawks normally have practice every day - whether it is a practice or a shootaround the day of the game. The have scattered days off here is there where players will only come in if they need treatment - or in DeMarre Carroll's case late at night to get in extra shooting. As far as what I can see, not a lot. The Hawks don't allow the media to watch practice. I usually come in near the end and maybe see them shoot free throws. Makes it difficult, obviously.
Devoun: I think it's clear the Hawks will have money to spend in free agency again. Whether they can lure a top free agent remains to be seen. They couldn't get Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul. Winning will help their cause.
Kristiff, O'Brien: I knew the Lou Williams question would come up. I am working on another story that will appear later today online and tomorrow in print. I have done a great deal of reporting trying to find out exactly what is going on. Here is what I can tell you. I think this is really a matter of Lou is the odd man out while the Hawks evaluation Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack. They have to know that they have there moving forward to the draft and the offseason. Mack you could re-sign for much less than Lou's $5.5 million salary next year. So, they need to see what they have and it is coming at Lou's expense. With one year left, he would certainly be attractive in a trade for another team.
gdg73: Unfortunately, I just don't get to watch a lot of college basketball, not this time of year. I will watch some players in the tournament to start to get an idea. Most of my research on who will be available in the draft comes after the season.
gdg73: I don't think there is one position the Hawks will look toward in the draft. I think for them it's about the best players available. They only have about $48 million is salary committed for next season so free agency will play a part in draft decisions.
While I await other questions, here is one from a Twitter follower: Are the Hawks in scouting ( or development) mode or are they trying to add value to players with low value? This is big-time scouting time for the Hawks with GM Danny Ferry on the road quite often. For example, he accompanied the Hawks on their recent western road trip but was only at one game. The rest of the time was spent scouting college games.
Tommy: Hard to tell because each had a number of different players on their roster. I can tell you that the current group seems to generally like each other and I haven't seen (doesn't mean there aren't) any issues. There were such circumstances last season.
Notyouraverage: No update on Dennis Schroder's ankle. There was nothing immediate following last night's game. The Hawks will not practice today or tomorrow so I won't be able to update until Friday morning. Stay tuned there.
Chris: I think, in the East, they have a chance to get out of the first round provided they don't finish seventh or eight and matchup with the Pacers or Heat. The rest of the teams 3-7 are beatable. I wouldn't put to much weight on a first-round playoff victory this year. It may be Fool's Gold in the Eastern Conference. Clearly, they are building and their a several pieces still needed - mostly depth.
Nobody going to ask the Lou Williams question?
King: Welcome and you are the first entry. The Hawks are scouting heavily right now. It's hard to tell what direction they are looking at this point. Clearly, the team has a need for size - both at the center and wing positions. I believe they will be looking in that direction.