Reported by Michael Cunningham on June 25, 2010:
They also sold the rights to German center Tibor Pleiss to Oklahoma City for close to $3 million, the maximum amount allowable under salary-cap rules.
While the Hawks could have selected a project center or wing with that pick, Sund suggested the money earned from selling the pick would be used to add proven players to the roster.
“I think we need more veterans,” he said. “We are one of the youngest teams in the league still. I think we need to fill out the rest of the roster with veterans.”
So, we are going to be using the money to upgrade our lineup with a "proven" veteran player? OK
Reported by Michael Cunningham on Thursday, July 1, 2010:
The person said general manager Rick Sund and his staff realize that adding Johnson isn't enough to make the team better on its own. They would still want to add more talent, including a starting-caliber center, and Hawks owners are willing to pay the NBA's luxury tax “for the right player,” according to the person.
Suddenly, this is becoming clearer we are willing to spend into the tax to upgrade the roster with proven veterans!
Reported by Michael Cunningham on Thursday, July 14, 2010:
As for Aldridge’s contention that the Hawks aren’t willing to pay much more than the minimum due to “budget limitations,” all I can tell you is that everything I’ve heard suggests they are willing to exceed the luxury-tax threshold for the right player(s).
Shaq or not, here come those proven veteran talent upgrades!
Reported by Michael Cunningham on Thursday, July 14, 2010 (later in the day):
In fact, after post-J.J. indications that the Hawks were willing to push their payroll above the luxury-tax threshold of $70.3 million, it’s becoming increasingly clear ASG wants to avoid paying the tax
Soooo....we are filling the roster with 3 players at or near the veteran minimum, huh?