Atlanta Hawks: 4 Reasons Fans Should Be Optimistic About the Future

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Atlanta Hawks: 4 Reasons Fans Should Be Optimistic About the Future
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Al Horford and Josh Smith converge on Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman.

The Atlanta Hawks made major moves this offseason, and Atlanta fans should not only be optimistic for the future, they should be excited.

This team has the future potential to be one of the best teams in the league.

The Hawks made waves this summer by orchestrating trades that cleared the large, previously immovable contracts of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams.

Not only did new Hawks GM Danny Ferry manage to unload their "toxic" contracts, but, in doing so, he acquired desirable assets: Expiring contracts and draft picks.

Atlanta, which returns only five players from last year's roster, only has four players under contract for the 2013-14 season: Al Horford, Lou Williams and rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott. 

Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson will be restricted free agents with qualifying offers. DeShawn Stevenson, who is technically under contract through 2015, may not be retained, as the Hawks maintain a team option for the next two seasons.

The team of future free agents that has been assembled for this season should still be good enough to get Atlanta into the playoffs for the sixth-straight season, thus maintaining the standard level of mediocre success that Atlanta fans are used to.

What is really exciting, though, is the potential of what the future beyond this season may bring.

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