The Atlanta Hawks are scraping to find a new identity, after Josh Smith agreed to 4-year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. The Hawks, who have already agreed to a 2-year, $19 million deal with free agent, power forward, Paul Milsap, are desperately looking to add guard help and have been in contact with the Milwaukee Bucks on a potential sign-n-trade deal that would send restricted free agent, Brandon Jennings to ATL, in lieu on point guard Jeff Teague.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN:
Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com that the Hawks and Bucks have in recent days discussed a sign-and-trade deal to land Brandon Jennings in Atlanta and send fellow restricted free agent Jeff Teague to Milwaukee to reunite with former Hawks coach Larry Drew. ESPN.com reported early in free agency that the Bucks, at Drew’s behest, had interest.
The Hawks have reportedly been in pursuit of free agent shooting guard, Monta Ellis, but a deal for Jennings would likely scratch that option, as an Ellis/Jennings back court didn’t quite get the job done for the Bucks.
A trio of Al Horford, Paul Milsap and Brandon Jennings would be intriguing, and some would even say an upgrade to that of Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.
The Hawks have already secured sharp-shooter, Kyle Korver, on a 4-year, $22 million deal (in principal). Adding a dynamic, scoring guard like Jennings would certainly make things interesting as the Hawks look at more of a quicker re-build scenario.
Also worth noting is that all potential signings can not be completed until July 10th (Wednesday), and anything could happen in the meantime.