Hawks Trade Deadline Recap
The trade deadline passed, and Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk. The Hawks could still get something for him in a sign-and-trade in the offseason, so that they don't lose him for nothing. However, the new CBA has made sign-and-trades more difficult for teams to make given that neither team involved in the deal can go over the tax threshold when they acquire the player. Despite not dealing Smith (and they reportedly backed out of a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks at the last minute), they did make two trades that could be somewhat impactful on the rest of the season.
First off, the Hawks traded shooting guard Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for guard-forward Dahntay Jones. The Hawks acquired Morrow from the Nets in the blockbuster Joe Johnson trade, but he has been limited by injuries all year and is currently averaging career-lows in points per game, rebounds per game, and assists per game. Morrow, being a sharpshooter, wasn't ever a great fit on this team, given that the Hawks' other two sharpshooters, Kyle Korver and John Jenkins, are both positing better percentages from downtown this season. Jones is a lockdown defender at the shooting guard and small forward positions. The Hawks are already solid defensively at the three (with DeShawn Stevenson, Anthony Tolliver, and sometimes Josh Smith), but having only Korver (who is a great rebounder for a guard, but essentially a wide open lane defensively) and rookie Jenkins at the two-guard has proved to be a liability this season against teams with elite shooting guards, whether they are shooters or slashers. Jones' defensive prowess should limit the ridiculous scoring outputs that opposing shooting guards have been prone to attacking the Hawks with. This trade doesn't really have much of an impact monetarily, as both Morrow and Jones are expiring contracts, but I think this was an excellent deal from a basketball standpoint.
The second trade GM Danny Ferry made today sent a second-round draft pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Jeremy Tyler. The 6'10 forward-center started 23 games last season as a rookie and averaged 4.9 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game, but due to the emergence of Festus Ezeli and the return of Andrew Bogut, Tyler has been benched this year, only averaging just over three minutes per game. This trade adds another big body into the mix, and it allows Zaza Pachulia to shift to power forward when necessary against bigger teams.
Overall, I am really happy to have both Jones and Tyler with the team, and I wish Morrow well in Dallas.