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Who's In The After-Shaq Aftermath For The Hawks?

Well, the Hawks didn’t wind up landing Shaquille O’Neal. That honor went to the Boston Celtics.

Now it’s back to the drawing board for Atlanta, who still needs another big man. Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution assesses the landscape.

The Hawks still are in the market for a center (I’ve still heard nothing to indicate they are seeking a wing) and they have veterans Francisco Elson, Brian Skinner and Josh Boone on their radar. Not so much Kwame Brown, who is thought to still be seeking a deal for more than the vet minimum.

Beyond those options, I also could see the Hawks waiting to see if any centers shake free as teams buy out vets when training camps open. They also might consider bringing some young center prospects to camp and give them a month to earn the 13th roster spot. There is some interest in Garrett Siler but he’s got a lot to prove after a bad showing at Summer League.

That, my friends, is the bottom of the bucket.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.