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Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

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Hawks Don't Want Horford To Test Market

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  • Hawks Don't Want Horford To Test Market

    It looks like Atlanta is getting scared they are going to lose Horford. I bet he wants to test the free market and see what he could get. I hope he doesn't sign a new contract before next summer.

    Hawks Don't Want Horford To Test Market

    The Hawks would prefer that Al Horford doesn't hit the free agent market
    next summer.
    Horford can become a restricted free agent after the 2010-11 season.
    "The Hawks would prefer he not test the market because they know full well he'd be coveted from sea to shining sea," wrote the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    The issue is that Jamal Crawford is looking for a contract extension and there have been reports that he'll request a trade if he doesn't receive one.

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  • #2
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    lol do they have enough money to retain him after giving JJ such a ridiculous contract?
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    • #3
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      Trade him here. BAM. Problem solved


      • #4
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        If we really want a good power forward this is bad news for us.

        I am very anxious how horford performs this year. He has progressed nicely every year and I think will be a absolute stud here in a season or two.


        • #5
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          The Hawks realize he is the backbone of their team. Take Horford away (and not add anything to replace him) and they don't make the playoffs.


          • #6
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            The Hawks don't want Al Horford to hit the free agent market? Really?

            In other news, water is wet and boobs are good.


            • #7
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              Do you blame them? He certainly is a player they would want to keep. If he did test the market he would get offers that might push beyond what Atlanta can afford. I like him a lot, he is a great player, would love for him to play for the Pacers.
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              • #8
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                Here's the full blog from ( which gives more context when it comes to what to do with Crawford and therefore indirectly affecting Horford ):


                Mark Bradley
                Another Hawks dilemma: Pay Jamal Crawford or dump him?
                7:44 am August 30, 2010, by Mark Bradley

                An unsatisfying offseason has the potential to turn unsavory. In the same summer the Hawks made Joe Johnson the priciest free-agent signing and Larry Drew the cheapest head-coaching hire, they must now deal with Jamal Crawford. This isn’t what any doctor — from Dr. J to Dr. Jack Ramsey — would have ordered.

                According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Crawford and his agent are expected to meet with general manager Rick Sund this week. Crawford is thought to want one of two things: To sign a contract extension before the new season commences or to be traded forthwith. Given that his was the happiest Hawks story of a season that ended unhappily, Crawford must be taken seriously. Given that these are the Hawks, who are so cheap they haven’t yet fleshed out their roster, he shouldn’t hold his breath.

                Yes, cheap. Even after sinking $120 million into Joe Johnson, the Hawks keep giving us reason to doubt their long-avowed Commitment To Excellence. They could have hired an established NBA head coach to replace Mike Woodson and wound up promoting Drew, who’d been Woodson’s assistant all along. They could have spent significant money to find another big man, and instead they’ve attempted to make do with Josh Powell and another episode of the Jason Collins Saga. (For late tuners-in, Collins was on the Hawks’ roster all last season, though not so you noticed.)

                It’s unclear what Crawford really thinks is apt to happen if he does deliver a pay-me-more-or-trade-me-now demand. Because the Hawks aren’t apt to pay anyone more. Public statements notwithstanding, the Atlanta Spirit seems uninterested in paying one in-the-red cent of luxury tax. Beyond that, there’s a more pressing matter: What to do with Al Horford, who means even more to this franchise?

                Horford can become a restricted free agent at season’s end. The Hawks would prefer he not test the market because they know full well he’d be coveted from sea to shining sea. If any Hawk is apt to receive a contract extension before Halloween, it’s Horfy. There’s almost no chance two Hawks will be offered preseason extensions at this late date.

                So, if Sund doesn’t hand Crawford a new contract, what does the GM do? Trade him? Even though any attempt to shed a disgruntled player creates a buyer’s market? Even though the Hawks would be pressed to get anything comparable to Crawford in return? Even though the strength of this team headed into 2010-11 figured to be its continuity?

                On the other hand … do you want a disgruntled player in a locker room not overrun with vocal leaders? (Horford is the Hawk most apt to speak, and if he chooses not to accept an extension he’ll be facing contractual issues of his own.) The issue of Johnson’s impending free agency became a major story last season, and Crawford is 10 times more talkative than J.J.

                Yes, the Hawks did draft a shooting guard in Jordan Crawford, but 26 players were taken ahead of him and there’s no assurance he’s not the 21st Century Roy Marble. This rookie cannot be seen as rotation-ready, meaning the Hawks can’t just trade one J. Crawford and hand his workload — the NBA’s sixth man of the year averaged 31 minutes a night — to another J. Crawford.

                There was a time when the Hawks seemed a rousing success story: A team of young guys growing up together and learning to win. What we’re seeing is that NBA success carries a higher and higher price. A franchise cannot hold its core together for years on end without paying dearly, and paying dearly essentially means overpaying. The Hawks overpaid Johnson because they had no real alternative: To lose him would have meant losing much of the credibility they’ve spent the past decade trying to re-establish.

                The price for credibility, alas, was flexibility. The Hawks have almost none. To give Jamal Crawford what he wants would be throwing more big money at a shooting guard already past 30 in the same offseason that has seen them lavish a six-year contract on a 29-year-old who plays the same position. To trade Crawford would be to weaken the team he helped lift from 47 victories to 53. There might be a happy ending to this latest Hawks tempest, but I’ll be darned if I see it.
                To me, this is an easy dilemma to fix. Trade Crawford for another Expiring contract and whatever assets they can get and then ( if prompted to by Horford ) give an extension to Horford while hoping that you don't low-ball him enough to leave him open to "testing the market".

                Anything short of a "Near MAX" contract extension coming from the Hawks and you'd think that Horford would simply say "thanks, but no thanks...I'll take my chances on the 2011-2012 FA Market". I know that many of you don't think that he's worth a MAX Contract....but I'm pretty sure that some Team will offer him a Near MAX to MAX level contract if he becomes a FA. Other then the Pacers, I can see the Knicks offering him a Near MAX to MAX level contract. He'd be a solid fit next to Amare and could fit into D'Antoni's offense/defense.

                I doubt it happens...but I'm hoping that the Hawks buckle and give an extensino to Jamal would just make it that much more difficult for them to offer Horford an extension...much less match anything that any other Team can offer.
                Last edited by CableKC; 08-30-2010, 02:56 PM.
                Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.


                • #9
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                  How much does Crawford want? He is price is probably more than we would want to spend. He is like 30 years old, but he can score.


                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by pacers74 View Post
                    How much does Crawford want? He is price is probably more than we would want to spend. He is like 30 years old, but he can score.
                    He wants more then we can afford to pay. I don't know if the Hawks are cheapskates....which I suspect that they are now that they have tied up a huge amount of $$$ with Joe Johnson....but if a Player wanting an extension ( something every Player pretty much wants before the potential 2011 Lockout ) doesn't think that he's getting paid what he thinks he's worth....then it's a safe bet to assume that he thinks he's worth more then he really is. Crawford is a solid scorer....but he's more of a SG then he is a PG. I wouldn't pay him more then the going rate for a "1st Guard off the bench on a Playoff level Team" or a "Decent Starting SG on a lottery Team" on the Free Market....maybe $5 to 6 mil a year for 3 or 4 seasons?

                    Regardless, I wouldn't want him.
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                    • #11
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                      I think he making something like 10 mil this year.


                      • #12
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                        I'd be offering the max if I were the Pacers and Al should know that someone will offer that going into any talks with Atlanta.


                        • #13
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                          This all comes down to players wanting contracts before next season's impending bargaining agreement which will surely lower player contracts and years on the contracts I'm sure for teams to cover their own asses. The worst that could happen for the players is that the owners decide they seriously want it to become like the NFL where contracts aren't guaranteed by the team.

                          So I could see Horford getting an extension before the season starts for that reason, Crawford not so much, hes much more expendable.
                          "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

                          ----------------- Reggie Miller


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                            Horford can become a restricted free agent at season’s end. The Hawks would prefer he not test the market because they know full well he’d be coveted from sea to shining sea. If any Hawk is apt to receive a contract extension before Halloween, it’s Horfy. There’s almost no chance two Hawks will be offered preseason extensions at this late date.

                            Al we promise if you come here we'll make sure our writers never call you "Horfy"


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                              I still don't think Horford is a realistic option, but seeing as how he is by far the most attractive potential free agent next season, I can't help but wonder if it would be worth it to offer him the max in the hopes that Atlanta wouldn't match. I don't think he is a max player, but he would be such a great fit for the Pacers. Solid defender, a true PF who can easily slide over and eat minutes at C, good rebounder, high character guy, winner. He's also a guy I wouldn't expect to dog it once he gets paid.