Hawks News: Are the Hawks dark horse contenders to sign LeBron James?

In a surprising shock twist that would turn the world of Hawks news into NBA news overnight, one respected NBA writer has named the Atlanta Hawks as a potential fit for LeBron James if he decides to leave the Miami Heat in free agency.

While there is a good chance that James remains in Miami for at least the 2014-15 NBA season, there are plenty of intriguing scenarios available if he decides it time to ply his trade elsewhere. Grantland's Zach Lowe believes Atlanta provides one of those interesting (hypothetical) destinations:

Atlanta could clear about $17 million for LeBron if it salary-dumps Lou Williams onto one of many, many teams slated to have enough space to soak up his deal. That’s not LeBron’s max, but it’s close. If LeBron is willing to take a haircut, he’s going to do it in Miami, but this is a fun roster to contemplate.

Good freaking luck trying to guard a starting lineup of Jeff Teague, LeBron, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford. That is a ton of shooting and creativity, and if you play stretches with Pero Antic in Horford’s spot, the degree of 3-point shooting reaches scary levels. There’s enough defense among the LeBron-Millsap-Horford trio for the Hawks to survive on that end, and Mike Budenholzer would have them playing a sound system.

Lowe also names the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets as other potential fits. However, Lowe believes that the "tangible evidence" that the Miami Heat provide when it comes to contending for NBA championships could be enough to keep LeBron on South Beach...at least for now.


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