At 18-17, the Hawks rank third in the Eastern Conference. Too bad their best player Al Horford is set to miss the remainder of the season with a recently torn right pectoral. They’ve experienced too much success with him to profitably tank without him and could benefit from signing a temporary replacement. The Hawks don’t really need to lose this season to win in the draft anyway. Their right to swap first round picks with the New York Knicks is quietly the best outsourced dive of the 2013-2014 season.
Andrew Bynum would give them a surly, immature, glimmer of hope in the playoffs. Believe me, no team wants to have their fate in Bynum’s hands, but if the Hawks think his contributions on the court can balance out his presence in the locker room, they will think long and hard about giving him a shot. Would they win a title? No. But it’s not always trophy or bust, and Atlanta would like to see the second round for the first time in three years.