It goes without saying that the Atlanta Hawks would love to have free agents-to-be Dwight Howard and Chris Paul join them next season, the team's first under new head coach Mike Budenholzer.
Unfortunately, the Hawks reportedly went ahead and said it -- and now the team could be in trouble with the NBA for violating the league's anti-tampering policy as a result.
According to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , the Hawks mentioned Howard and Paul by name in a recent letter sent to prospective ticket buyers. The emailed letter reportedly went out on team letterhead with the headline: "Hot New Player news: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard."
The note then opened with the following statement, according to the AJC report:
"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 skyrocketing as the possibilities of landing C...