This will be fascinating. It's in the Hawks best interest for us to win and try knocking Brooklyn down because Atlanta can swap picks with Brooklyn this year. Meanwhile, we can't win without MKG, never mind Zeller.
I'd love to trade Al and alot of our expirings this offseason but no one would want a 14.5 million cap hit for Al, 7 million for Marvin, 9 million for Lance etc. unless it's a team like Brooklyn desperately looking to get out of some of their contracts, and taking on Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez doesn't help anything.
But, that's the problem... The direction won't change, at least not for another year. Al will accept his option and be here next season. That alone guarantees we will be a middle-of-the-road team for another year.
Yeah, but you can minimize that by getting rid of the expirings in Marvin, Brian and Lance along with Henderson opting out and Biz and Mo going to Free Agency. This roster could potentially look very different next season, it's just a matter of Cho making a lot of deals and admitting a lot of mistakes.
And this isn't even taking Cliff into account.
Al is obviously the biggest contract, but there's a gluttony of underperformance on the roster that led to this season.