2) The Atlanta Hawks trade Jamal Crawford to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for T.J. Ford and Dahntay Jones
Despite the offensive prowess Crawford has unleashed in the Hawks lineup, lockdown defense has not nor will it ever become a strong part of his game. Last season departed head coach Mike Woodson set him loose in his heavy isolation offense.
Times are changing as Drew has went on record this summer stating that he'll want more defensive accountability from his team and the offense will feature much less one on one isolations.
Enter Dahntay Jones, who has carved out a longer career than most projected on the strength of aggressive, tenacious and ball smothering defense. Last season, Jones posted career-highs in points and rebounds at 10.2 and 3.0 respectively. He is also owed only $8.1 million over the next three seasons. Guys that can consistently annoy players such as Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, and Vince Carter on the defensive end are at a premium. Jones is one of the rare players out there willing and able to roll up his sleeves in order to handle the dirty work. His perimeter defense would be an instant asset
Keep in mind, the Pacers organization remains high on Jones
, but the Hawks' main objective in this deal would be prying T.J. Ford and his $8.5 million expiring deal out of Indy.
Using the term pry might be too strong of a sentiment, since Ford has routinely rotated in and out of head coach Jim O'Brien's doghouse. The Pacers have been actively shopping Ford all summer and after acquiring last season's rookie surprise, Darren Collison, it would appear that Indy would like to ship Ford out before the start of training camp.
From the Hawks perspective, bringing in a proven veteran such as Ford gives Teague another year to learn the ropes. Plus, the two players possess similar dribble-drive speed games which would give Teague even more seasoning on how to maximize all the tools within his skill set.