Atlanta Hawks dump salary; trade Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams

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It appears the Atlanta Hawks are heading into a bit of a re-building mode as new general manager Danny Ferry has dealt Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets and Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz; clearing up a ton of salary cap for the future.

Nets receive: SG-Joe Johnson
Hawks receive: SG-Anthony Morrow, G/F-DeShawn Stevenson, C-Johan Petro, PG-Jordan Farmar, PF-Jordan Williams, lottery protected 2013 1st round pick (via Houston)

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: NFC South

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With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, I will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the NFC South gets some time under the spotlight.

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Atlanta Falcons Rally Around Matt Ryan During NFL Lockout

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The NFL lockout is an opportunity for many players to recuperate after a surgery, to give those banged-up bones a rest or just to get in some quality time with the family. Others are raring to go though. The Atlanta Falcons have definitely had enough R&R and – in lieu of actual NFL training camp games – they’re playing seven-on-seven at Atlanta-area high school training fields. The character at the center of these ad-hoc workouts is QB Matt Ryan, but there are of course others out there who organize such get-togethers for teammates eager to knock off some of the lockout rust.

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Chicago Bulls 95, Atlanta Hawks 83: Game 5 Reaction, Analysis, Stankonia

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83% of game 5 winners in a NBA Playoff series, when the series was tied 2-2 heading in, have gone on to win the series. Great news for the Chicago Bulls, bad news for the Atlanta Hawks.

-Was there a Taj.O web redemption in game 5? Maybe?

Taj Gibson had 11 points – all in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose also scored 11 in the fourth to close it out, as the Bulls dominated the Hawks 26-15 in the final stanza. But Gibson had a whopping 2 rebounds (that’s 2 more than a dead guy) to go with his 0 (that’s the same amount as a dead guy) in game four.

-So when you start your “Rise of Taj” jokes/headlines remember this 1.) that reference is cliche and unfunny, you sound like a douche. 2.) He’s not ready to supplant Carlos Boozer yet. He’s just a good bench contributor.

By Paul M. Banks

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