Despite trading Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets before last season began and letting Josh Smith walk to the Detroit Pistons in free agency prior to this season, the Atlanta Hawks have remained one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. However, other teams are catching up (the Chicago Bulls are just a half-game behind the Hawks for fourth and the Washington Wizards are just a game behind).
The Hawks could be interested in adding a wing to upgrade their team and potentially make a run in the postseason.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, the Hawks could be looking to add Boston Celtics‘ small forward Jeff Green, who General Manager Danny Ainge has made available. Lawrence adds that it would cost the Hawks DeMarre Carroll.
Carroll has been a pleasant surprise for the Hawks this season. The four-year veteran out of Missouri is averaging 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Green, who is averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, would be an upgrade, but he makes almost $7 million more per season than Carroll.