Due to their success, the play of big man Paul Millsap and point guard Jeff Teague and the return of big man Al Horford from his injury next season, several agents believe the Atlanta Hawks could be a “hot free agent option.”
That doesn’t mean players like the Miami Heat’s big three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade or New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony will be in play for the Hawks.
However, according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, they could be a player for former Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Luol Deng.
While the Hawks didn’t finish the season above .500 (38-44), they gave the Indiana Pacers a scare in the first round, despite playing without Al Horford (torn pectoral).
Deng didn’t mesh in Cleveland. He’d be a nice addition to the Hawks, both as a scorer and defender.
A three- or four-year deal ($37.6-$51.2 million) starting at almost $12 million might be enough to sway Deng, who doesn’t appear likely to re-sign with Cleveland regardless.
Deng averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for the Bulls and Cavaliers this season.