SECTIONS
TRAFFIC
COMMENTS0
x
Jeff SchultzJeff Schultz

LeBron, Carmelo opt out: Hawks an option? (Updated)

Comments 0
LeBron James reportedly will opt out of his contract with Miami. What next? (AP)

LeBron James reportedly will opt out of his contract with Miami. What next? (AP)

(Updated below with link to full column on MyAJC.)

We have known for a few days that Carmelo Anthony will opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks. He’s available.

Now we learn from his agent Rich Paul that LeBron James has told the Miami Heat that he will trigger the early termination of his contract and also hit the open market. And soon, we will hear the words, “I am taking my talents to . . .”

Marietta Street?

Should it be considered so far-fetched that the Hawks can land a high-profile free agent like James or Anthony? I know: It’s strange to put them in the category of potential landing spots for an elite player. But for all the good work general manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Budenholzer have done, the Hawks certainly needs two things: 1) A scorer; 2) a draw for fans.

The real question here is not whether the Hawks would (or should) want James or Anthony but whether either player would (or should) want them.

If James doesn’t re-sign with Miami — and there’s a good chance he is merely trying to leverage his situation to pressure the Heat into improving the team around him — odds favor him going to a major market (New York) or back to Cleveland over Atlanta. Similarly, Chicago, Houston or Miami (if salary cap space is created) probably appeal to Anthony.

But if you were a big name free agent, should the Hawks be considered a major player? I’ll explore this topic later in a full column on MyAJC.com.

HERE’S the link to the full column: Hawks’ quest: LeBron, Carmelo or anybody elite.

What do you believe it would take for a big name free agent to come to Atlanta?

Instant re-post: Recent blogs and columns (free links)
– Blog: It’s ‘Mark Emmert Appreciation Night’! (sort of)
– MyAJC: Soccer has our attention: Will we stay this time?
– MyAJC: Times change, we change: ‘Redskins’ have to go
– Blog: Braves out of first place — not that they deserved to be there
– MyAJC: Nats, trip may force Braves to make a move
– Blog: Possible Braves’ moves: Bethancourt up, B.J. to bench?
– Blog: Is it time to drop Freeman in batting order?
– MyAJC: Is La Stella that Prado-like spark Braves need?
– Blog: With ‘Hard Knocks,’ Falcons camp just became a clown show
– Blog: Weatherspoon injured (Is this happening again?)
– MyAJC: Braves’ Wren has hardest task of Falcons’ GMs
– Blog: Braves are golden … or doomed (you decide)
– MyAJC: Falcons need Bryan Cox to lead them to ‘the edge’
– Blog: Richt, Pruitt justified in making changes
– Blog: NCAA is still living in a fantasyland
– MyAJC: Kennesaw State’s footprint just got bigger
– Blog: Hawks’ assistant Snyder may get Utah job
– MyAJC: Hawks not as far from top in NBA as thought
– MyAJC: Georgia State’s Miles on SEC’s whines: ‘That’s their problem’
– Blog: SEC coaches don’t want rules skirted (Wait. What?)
– Blog: Braves’ move shouldn’t mean Uggla’s out…yet
– MyAJC: Cobb’s embarrassing handout to Braves hits the finish line
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 49 other followers