With Josh Smith's contract coming off of the books, the Atlanta Hawks will have plenty of cap space to pursue free agents this offseason and take the next step in becoming an elite franchise in the NBA.
Other Hawks whose contracts will be coming off the books include Devin Harris, Zaza Pachulia, Kyle Korver, Johan Petro and Dahntay Jones.
With the expiration of these contracts, Atlanta will be saving $25.5 million, and considering Korver is the only player from that group who averages more than 10 points per game, the franchise will get better value for its money.
It is likely that the Hawks will re-sign some of these players, but it also gives them the ability to have more freedom with their money and play a more active role in the 2013 free-agency scene.
Free agency gives an organization the ability to sign a proven player who can make an immediate impact on the team, but if the money is not allocated properly, the franchise could be stuck with unwanted contracts for years to come.
Here are five free agents the Hawks should avoid signing this offseason.