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Contracts Atlanta Hawks Are Most Excited to Have off Their Books This Offseason
Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

When the Atlanta Hawks hired former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry this past summer, Ferry made a series of moves in order to reduce the team payroll while also freeing up salary-cap space for the upcoming round of free agency.  

Ferry traded All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson and his monstrously huge contract to the Brooklyn Nets and small forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz while taking back players on expiring deals.  

Why?  Because the team hopes to sign either Los Angeles Clippers All-NBA point guard Chris Paul or, their dream target, Los Angeles Lakers All-NBA center Dwight Howard, both who are slated to become unrestricted free agents at the conclusion of this season.  

Additionally, All-Star power forward Josh Smith's contract shall expire this summer, so the team will look to re-sign Smith (and will likely need to open up their checkbook, as Smith believes he is a max contract player and the team held onto him after briefly considering moving the power forward at the trade deadline, according to Ben Golliver on SportsIllustrated.com).  

So which expiring contracts are the Hawks looking forward to unloading this offseason?  We'll take a look at five players with expiring contracts that Atlanta can't wait to let go.

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