NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Trades To Help the Atlanta Hawks Catch the Miami Heat

Joey HnathCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Trades To Help the Atlanta Hawks Catch the Miami Heat

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    Sitting five games back of the Miami Heat, the Atlanta Hawks are in need of a spark if they have any chance of catching the Heat.

    With All-Stars Joe Johnson and Al Horford, the Hawks already have a great nucleus assembled, but there needs to be some change.

    As evidenced by the past three seasons, the Hawks are not built for the playoffs.  Therefore, a trade needs to happen for Atlanta.

    Though it will be extremely difficult to catch the Heat even if a trade does get done, Atlanta needs to at least try.

    Here are five deals to help the Hawks catch the Heat.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Hawks receive: J.J. Hickson, Jamario Moon

    Cavaliers receive: Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, Pape Sy

    This deal would bring Hickson, who is from metro Atlanta, back to his hometown and give the Hawks a big body off the bench to spare Josh Smith and Al Horford.

    Crawford, the kid who dunked on LeBron James at the Nike camp, would be shipped to James' former team.  Not only does Crawford have potential to be a pretty good NBA player, but it would boost morale for Cavs fans, which is something they desperately need.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

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    Hawks receive: Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Theo Ratliff

    Lakers receive: Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, Zaza Pachulia

    If the Carmelo Anthony deal doesn't work out for the Lakers, they can always turn to the Hawks.

    Los Angeles would get a very athletic Smith to complement Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, a serviceable Marvin Williams to replace Artest and a good backup center in Pachulia.

    Meanwhile, the Hawks would get Bynum, who would be a better matchup for the Hawks against Dwight Howard than Horford, who would move to power forward.  Atlanta would also get Artest, who could give them a defensive presence like they've never had before.

3. Phoenix Suns

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    Hawks receive: Marcin Gortat

    Suns receive: Zaza Pachulia, Jordan Crawford

    The Hawks would receive one of the best backup centers in the game in Gortat, who can help defend Howard if the Hawks face the Orlando Magic.

    The Suns would receive another good backup center in Pachulia, as well as Crawford, who could develop into more than just an average shooting guard.

2. Golden State Warriors

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    Hawks receive: Stephen Curry, Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh

    Warriors receive: Josh Smith, Mike Bibby, Jeff Teague

    The Warriors have said that anyone can be traded.  Let's see the Hawks prove this statement correct.

    Atlanta would receive a star in Curry, who can run the offense for many years to come, and a solid big man in Biedrins.

    The Warriors would get an athletic Smith to pair with Monta Ellis, as well as a veteran point guard in Bibby and an up-and-coming guard in Teague.

1. New Jersey Nets

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    Hawks receive: Devin Harris, Troy Murphy

    Nets receive: Josh Smith, Mike Bibby

    This trade with the Nets would finally give the Hawks a young point guard that they can build around, something they have lacked for many seasons.  Atlanta also gets Murphy for the rest of the season, although his contract comes off the books at season's end and Atlanta obtains cap space.

    The Nets would get a star in Smith, someone who will put butts in seats and excite the fan base as the Nets move to Brooklyn.