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The Hawks could spend around 3.5 million for another player and still not pay the luxury tax.

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the only difference in AB and ASG is AB is a billionaire and ASG is a collection on millionaires.

AB has made some mistakes too

1 - Paying Peerless Price

2 - Making MV7 the hugest paid player in the NFL

The only reason we're not calling AB an idiot now is he has enough money to fix his screw ups.

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The Hawks could spend around 3.5 million for another player and still not pay the luxury tax.

There are two things going on here. (1) Credibility with the fan base. (2) Meaningfully spending our FA dollars to upgrade the roster. Your point that we could sign two minimum players and get another for around $3.5M goes to the second point.

I think the messages the fans have seen this offseason went from eliciting the reaction of "now signing JJ makes sense - we are going to spend into the tax, add some real depth and take our shot at the top!" to "why in the world did we resign JJ if we didn't mean to spend like contending teams do?"

On the second point, I hear what you are saying about the $3.5M along with two minimum salary vets. My reaction is: "Sweet. We are willing to spend almost enough money to land an impact "proven veteran" like Luke Ridnour! I wonder who will be willing to sign with the Hawks for less than Ridnour got. Someone awesome, I bet!"

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the only difference in AB and ASG is AB is a billionaire and ASG is a collection on millionaires.

AB also hires his management, empowers them to make decisions and then fires them when he no longer trusts them to keep making those decisions. I don't think you can say that about the ASG. They neutered BK (no trading for Calderon; no power to hire and fire your coach; etc.) and still didn't fire him (he resigned). Now Sund admits Drew wasn't his recommendation for the coaching hire. I don't think you would see anything like that about the Falcons' GM.

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I don't see the contradictory statements here. They would prefer to bring in veterans to fill out the roster rather than Rookies. The hawks are willing to pay the luxury tax for the right player which I do believe them on. If a gasol got dropped in their lap they would pay the tax for them. You just ignored the critical part of "FOR THE RIGHT PLAYERS". To me that was pretty clear that htey weren't planning to spend the MLE unless someone absolutely dropped in their lap.

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I don't see the contradictory statements here. They would prefer to bring in veterans to fill out the roster rather than Rookies. The hawks are willing to pay the luxury tax for the right player which I do believe them on. If a gasol got dropped in their lap they would pay the tax for them. You just ignored the critical part of "FOR THE RIGHT PLAYERS". To me that was pretty clear that htey weren't planning to spend the MLE unless someone absolutely dropped in their lap.

If you are waiting for Pau Gasol to sign with the MLE....let's just say I wouldn't go public with that part of your plan. I'd keep that safely hidden away from reporters who might otherwise question your sanity.

Like you, I am really, really hoping that the Hawks are burning up the phone lines trying to pull off their own Pau Gasol/Chris Paul/etc. sort of trade. For PR purposes, I think it is a disaster to say that you are willing to pay the tax "for the right player" when there is no realistic or foreseeable opportunity to spend it on that "right player." I can at least wrap my head around the idea that the "right player" qualifier explains an unwillingness to pay the tax.

I do, however, see the whole idea of adding talent around JJ to be completely at odds with the idea of filling out the roster with two minimum salary vets and a $3.5M vet. That will get you a whole lot of nothing unless you just hit a home run in FA ala Flip Murray or Chris Anderson. Signing Joe Smith, Jason Collins and a fill-in-the-blank $3.5M player is NOT going to meaningfully add talent around JJ so don't even mention the plan to upgrade the talent on the roster outside of the draft (where you got Crawford and then sold the #31 pick) if you are relying on two minimum salary vets and a $3.5M sub-Luke-Ridnour-profile player.

That echoes the promises during the BK era where we were going to go out and get a veteran big man and then signed Lorenzen Wright. Those types of promises and follow-through just undermine your credibility with the fan base.

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I would have had zero issue with the Hawks having an offseason filling out the roster with Brad Miller, Jason Williams, and Brian Zoubek or Mikael Torrance.

I don't think I'd be willing to pay $11M to bring Shaq in this season and once you factor in the luxury tax thats what he would cost the ASG. I think that a willingness to pay the tax if the right deal were to come along is all that I can ask for. I don't think that shaq is a difference maker for this team, I just would hate to see the team turn down a firesale kind off trade because they were 100% against paying the tax.

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Are you saying Shaq costs us $11 million with the MLE? Or are you implying we make the S&T and get Shaq starting at ~$7 million?

I think he is factoring in the loss of revenue sharing and the luxury tax hit from signing Shaq to a MLE without a S&T.

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Are you saying Shaq costs us $11 million with the MLE?

I'm saying that with a MLE salary of 5.8 million salary it puts the Hawks over the luxury tax where they would be paying a 2M luxury tax payment plus missing out on their share of the escro payment which was 3.7M last season. So 11M is what Shaq would actually cost the Hawks if they spent the MLE on him and I can understand why they don't think he is worth it.

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I don't think I'd be willing to pay $11M to bring Shaq in this season and once you factor in the luxury tax thats what he would cost the ASG.

Who CARES how much it costs the ASG? I don't care at ALL how much ASG spends, or where the money comes from, how much debt they are allegedly in (they'll make tens, if not hundreds, of millions when they sell years down the road.) I want to see players in Hawks unis, and I want to see playoff wins. I want to see a contender.

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the only difference in AB and ASG is AB is a billionaire and ASG is a collection on millionaires.

AB has made some mistakes too

1 - Paying Peerless Price

2 - Making MV7 the hugest paid player in the NFL

The only reason we're not calling AB an idiot now is he has enough money to fix his screw ups.

At least AB puts his money where his mouth is. Everyone is going to make mistakes he is willing to accept them and spend money to fix it. I think that is a good thing.

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Who CARES how much it costs the ASG? I don't care at ALL how much ASG spends, or where the money comes from, how much debt they are allegedly in (they'll make tens, if not hundreds, of millions when they sell years down the road.) I want to see players in Hawks unis, and I want to see playoff wins. I want to see a contender.

This. :conversation:

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drzachary- I enjoy thinking about how I would run the team if I were in charge. I enjoy looking at ways to exploit the nuances of the cap. What moves make sense and what are a waste of money. I'll criticize the owners when they do something dumb just to save money but I don't think its realistic. If you follow a league with a salary cap and a luxury tax I just think its ridiculous to act like salary shouldn't matter. I don't think anyone is obligated to throw millions of dollars down a hole.

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Slowly, this board is realizing how awful the ASG really is. Until they actually make moves, I am going to continue to assume that they are morons. So far, my assumptions haven't led me to a wrong conclusion of the ASG yet.

I don't mind morons that spend money when they promise they will. Its the morons who straight up lie to their fanbase that drives me nuts.

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Slowly, this board is realizing how awful the ASG really is. Until they actually make moves, I am going to continue to assume that they are morons. So far, my assumptions haven't led me to a wrong conclusion of the ASG yet.

Trust me I've been beating that drum for years. I hate the ASG. They can't even be honest with their fans let alone spend money to have a real contender.

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AB also hires his management, empowers them to make decisions and then fires them when he no longer trusts them to keep making those decisions. I don't think you can say that about the ASG. They neutered BK (no trading for Calderon; no power to hire and fire your coach; etc.) and still didn't fire him (he resigned). Now Sund admits Drew wasn't his recommendation for the coaching hire. I don't think you would see anything like that about the Falcons' GM.

This is the root of it all. We have an ownership problem, and until that is fixed, you can forget about the Atlanta Hawks winning a championship.

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drzachary- I enjoy thinking about how I would run the team if I were in charge. I enjoy looking at ways to exploit the nuances of the cap. What moves make sense and what are a waste of money. I'll criticize the owners when they do something dumb just to save money but I don't think its realistic. If you follow a league with a salary cap and a luxury tax I just think its ridiculous to act like salary shouldn't matter. I don't think anyone is obligated to throw millions of dollars down a hole.

What is realistic really varies based on who owns the team for sure. What is realistic for the ASG and what is realistic for Mark Cuban are two totally different things.

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This is the root of it all. We have an ownership problem, and until that is fixed, you can forget about the Atlanta Hawks winning a championship.

I'm literally out of positive rep to give you but I would if I could. :thumbsupsmileyanim:

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I know you have been against the ASG for a long time, its just taking other posters a while to see what you've seen.

If things don't happen this season I think most people on this site are going to be howling for ASG's blood like the few of us already have been. Which despite what some may think it said. I wish to God the Hawks had owners that I as a FAN could get behind and support.

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