Hawks In The Market For Point Guard
While most of the NBA trade deadline focus in Atlanta has been swirling around the future of forward Josh Smith, the Hawks are quietly evaluating the market to land some additional point guard depth behind incumbent starter Jeff Teague.
Hawks head coach Larry Drew was asked prior to Wednesday’s game versus the Miami HEAT if he wanted more depth at point guard and made his position clear. To be clear, Drew’s response was in reference to bringing in a guard after the deadline passes, but every year teams find solid rotation depth in minor deals before the deadline passes.
“We’ve already had dialogue and conversation about our [point guard] situation if nothing changes,” Drew said. “Certainly we have to keep an eye on Devin [Harris] with a sore foot, but this is something we’ve already discussed prior to going into the All-Star break. We made a decision to revisit our situation if nothing changes when the deadline passes. So that’s something we’ll sit down as a staff and discuss.”
When asked in a follow-up question if it was his desire to bring in another guard, Drew responded, “Yes it is.”
At one point this season the Hawks were thought to have a logjam in the backcourt but injuries to Harris, Williams and to a lesser extent Anthony Morrow have forced the team to insert rookie guard John Jenkins into the nightly rotation.
Don’t be surprised to see the Hawks explore a move if a serviceable veteran guard (who doesn’t eat up too much future cap space) becomes available as we near the deadline.
- Lang Greene