The Atlanta Hawks’ best free agents should be targeted


Earlier this week, Atlanta Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler gave a press conference via Zoom. Ressler said he’s not afraid of the luxury tax and hinted the team is ready to spend this summer. It’s music to the ears of the fans.

As it stands, the Hawks have nine players on the books for the 2022-23 NBA season at around $147 million. I went into the details of the roster, depth chart and salary cap after the season ended. I still believe the team is more likely to add star power by making a consolidation trade, but let’s put the trade machine aside for a moment and focus on available free agents.

Denver Nuggets goalie Facundo Campazzo (7) shoots past Houston Rockets goalie Kevin Porter Jr. (3) in the second quarter at Ball Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers goalie Wayne Ellington (2) dribbles in the second half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum.
March 16, 2022;  Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Charlotte Hornets center Montrezl Harrell (8) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at the Spectrum Center.
April 5, 2022;  Sacramento, California, USA;  Sacramento Kings goaltender Donte DiVincenzo (0) dribbles during the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Golden 1 Center.
Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (5) runs down the field after scoring against the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter at the Amway Center.
January 30, 2022;  Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes the ball defended by Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena.
February 3, 2022;  Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) controls a rebound past Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first half at State Farm Arena.
January 17, 2022;  Washington, District of Columbia, USA;  Washington Wizards goaltender Bradley Beal (3) looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Capital One Arena
March 3, 2022;  Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) controls the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Delon Wright (0) during the first half at State Farm Arena.

You might be wondering about James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Harden and Irving are immensely talented, but they’re at the top of my list of players I want the Atlanta Hawks to avoid. Speaking of which, this article will be out soon. Stay locked in AllHawks.com for breaking news, highlights and analysis.

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