Atlanta Hawks enter off-season with 6 signed players, zero cap space

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It’s going to be an interesting off-season for the Atlanta Hawks.  They enter the summer with only six players under contract for next season yet they are already above what the projected salary cap will be for the 2012-2013 season.  In other words, filling out their roster and improving from last season will require some creative thinking.

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Applying The Allan Houston Rule to the NBA Southeast Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the pending NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  I’ll start with the Southeast Division.

By: David Kay

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Atlanta Hawks in Tough Salary Cap Situation

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.  The Atlanta Hawks regressed this past season and now find themselves in a tough salary cap situation thanks to the monster contract they gave Joe Johnson last summer.

By: David Kay

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Atlanta Hawks Could Take Step Back

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I just do not have a good feeling about the Atlanta Hawks this season.  It stems from sitting baseline while covering game six of their first round playoff series in Milwaukee last year and disliking the chemistry and make-up of this team.  Of course a new coach could improve their attitude and I will likely be way off as the team once again surpasses the 50-win total.  But if I am right… I will definitely tell you, “I told you so.”

By: David Kay
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So Far, Marquee NBA Free Agents Staying Home

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LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are still undecided.  But so far free agency has not provided the roster shake-ups that most were expecting.  Joe Johnson and Rudy Gay surprised some by deciding to stay home (which will ultimately screw over one of the teams with a ton of cap space.)  To nobody’s surprise Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce are also staying home.  Here are David’s thoughts on what has happened so far this off-season.

By: David Kay
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