Atlanta is expected to have somewhere near $35 million in cap space available to it this summer. There is little expectation the Hawks will re-sign Josh Smith (more of a mutual split) and so the Hawks are moving forward and looking to make a splash this summer in free agency.
It is a poorly kept secret that Atlanta is going after the two biggest fish in the free agent sea: Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. In fact, it is not a secret and that is the problem.
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Hawks may have violated the NBA's anti-tampering rules by mentioning Dwight Howard and Chris Paul in a letter to a potential season ticket holder. It featured the headline: "Hot New Player News: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard." The text below followed:
The buzz around our offseason is more than heating up. With massive cap space, 4 draft picks, and free agency rapidly approaching, we sit in the best position in the NBA. Player interest is skyrock...