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The Atlanta Hawks have had an eventful offseason so far, to say the least. They  brought in a new GM, Danny Ferry, who within days of arriving shipped off Atlanta's franchise player, Joe Johnson, to Brooklyn for expiring contracts. Then he traded Marvin Williams for Devin Harris' expiring contract. The team is starting a new chapter.  

Key Additions:

Good:

Lou Williams- Williams was brought in to replace the scoring void left by Johnson. Williams is a streaky player but when he is on, he is on (remind you of a certain Sixth Man, Hawk fans?). He is a good off the ball player and will help the Hawks whether he is coming off the bench or starting.

Bad: None

Key Departures:

Good:

 Joe Johnson- I am a huge Joe Johnson fan, but his contract was a burden on the Hawks. It crippled them financially for a few more years to come, which would make it hard to sign other players and re-sign current players to complete the team.

Marvin Williams- Williams has been in a tough situation since entering the draft. He is the bench player from North Carolina taken ahead of Chris Paul and that rep has never left him. Not only was his departure good for the Hawks financially, but also it is good for Williams himself to have a fresh start elsewhere.

Bad: None

Re-Signings:

Ivan Johnson- If you are a Hawks fan, you should be ecstatic that this man is returning. Coach Larry Drew did not play him consistently, but when Ivan Johnson was on the court, he was one of the hardest working guys. He scrambles for the ball and does the dirty work for the Hawks. He is their "tough" guy and a great spark off the bench. Drew just needs to utilize him more and consistently.

Draft/Trades:

John Jenkins- Atlanta's first round pick has been called the best pure shooter from this year's draft. At the time of this pick, the Hawks could have used some three point shooting. Since the pick, the Hawks have stacked up on three point shooters. Regardless, Jenkins was a solid pick by the Hawks who could see decent minutes.

Mike Scott- Atlanta's second round pick was a top ACC talent in Virginia. I like this guy a lot but whether he gets any playing time is something to question. The Hawks did sign him so we will see how Scott does.

Joe Johnson to Brooklyn: Joe Johnson was traded to Brooklyn for Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams (waived), Jordan Farmar (waived), and a 2013 protected first-round pick. None of the players are outstanding, but they can be used as solid bench players. Also, it does not hurt that their contracts are expiring.

Marvin Williams to Utah: Williams was traded to Utah for Devin Harris and his expiring contract. Harris had a down season last year, but he can still prove to be valuable as a starting two guard next to Jeff Teague. He is a former all-star and has been to the NBA Finals. His experience will help the Hawks and he can mentor Teague.

Prediction:

The Hawks are going to be a run-and-gun team this season. They are stacked with shooters and have gotten a bit bigger in the front court. Some expect the Hawks to drop to a lower playoff seed. It is possible, but do not be surprised if they end where they were last season or maybe a little higher. I have them finishing second in the Southeast division and fifth in the Eastern Conference.

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