Joe Johnson & Monta Ellis.
After adding a steady number of veteran players to their roster during the offseason, the Atlanta Hawks find themselves playing games without their two best players.
Both Al Horford and Joe Johnson have missed a lot of time this season due to injuries, and things are getting shaky in Atlanta.
Injuries have hit the Hawks big this year with the biggest being the pectoral injury suffered by Horford. Initially Horford was expected to possibly be back towards the end of the regular season, but it appears that this is not the case.
Horford is expected to miss the remainder of the season and will likely be back next season.
Johnson has missed time due to chronic knee pain and has been ineffective at times in the lineup. Josh Smith has been doing more scoring in the absence of Horford and Johnson, but is that the best move at this time?
Or is it a time for the Hawks to shake-up their team in an effort to have a better future?
Johnson has an enormous contract that would be quite difficult to shop (as teams would look to preserve their cap space), although there was reportedly some possible interest from the Golden State Warriors.
If there is a team with serious enough interest in acquiring Johnson’s services, the Hawks should be smart and listen. If they can bring in a player like a David Lee or Monta Ellis that would really benefit the team in that it would bring in another dimension to their current roster.
However would the Warriors really be interested in making such a move at this time?
If there is some interest, things could be quite interesting as the trade deadline approaches.