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Old 07-07-06, 08:44 AM
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Atlanta Can Do One-Year Deals While Owners Feud

ESPN - The Maryland judge who last month ruled Steve Belkin is entitled to buy the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers from his former co-owners added a new twist to the ongoing feud Thursday, the Associated Press is reporting.

Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court Judge Eric Johnson ruled the current ownership and management team should retain control while the appeals are heard. But the good news for the Atlanta Spirit group also included the judge's stipulation that will prevent the Hawks or Thrashers from signing a free agent to a contract longer than one year.

The stipulation doesn't relate to negotiations with draft picks for either team.

The ruling also doesn't affect any negotiations already under way, including the Hawks' agreement to sign free agent point guard Speedy Claxton. The deal, believed to be for four years, cannot be officially announced before Wednesday.

The judge ordered that the other owners can't "initiate the purchase, sale, trade or negotiation of any NBA or NHL player contract ... excluding contracts involving present or future draft picks and contracts for any other player with a contract duration of one year or less."

The ruling would appear to put the Hawks and Thrashers at a significant competitive disadvantage in their ability to attract free agents.


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Old 07-07-06, 09:11 AM
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Wow! Does that mean by court order the Hawks can't sign & trade Al Harrington unless they only get guys with 1 year left on their deals? Al Harrington and agent aren't going to be to happy about this.
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Old 07-07-06, 09:29 AM
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Wow! Does that mean by court order the Hawks can't sign & trade Al Harrington unless they only get guys with 1 year left on their deals? Al Harrington and agent aren't going to be to happy about this.

Weird situation, isn't it?

damn, that franchise suks.
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Old 07-07-06, 09:32 AM
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Wow! Does that mean by court order the Hawks can't sign & trade Al Harrington unless they only get guys with 1 year left on their deals? Al Harrington and agent aren't going to be to happy about this.
Perfect. Bonner & Williams for Harrington!
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Old 07-07-06, 09:34 AM
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Man. What an awful situation. I wonder if the league appeals. This cuts down on Al's own options.
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Perfect. Bonner & Williams for Harrington!
I was looking for a way for the Spurs to exploit the situation and that sure would be one way. Since this effectively takes the Hawks out of the FA market now perhaps they'd become interested in Scola's rights since they technically wouldn't be acquiring a player, and whenever they do get to start making moves again they'll be playing catch-up.

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Man. What an awful situation. I wonder if the league appeals. This cuts down on Al's own options.
I'm sure Harrington's agent is going to file some kind of legal motion to let the Hawks deal him.
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I'm sure Harrington's agent is going to file some kind of legal motion to let the Hawks deal him.
It's troubling for Harrington, since it's far less likely he can go where he wishes to go.

It potentially slows down the whole offseason, with teams like GSW waiting to make future deals to see if they can get him, pending legal procedings. What an insane issue.
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Spurs would be awesome with Harrington on the floor as Dirk would have to play defense with a lineup of Duncan/Harrington/Finley/Manu/Parker on the court. Doubt the Spurs would ever pony up the money Harrington wants though.
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Harrington is ideal for the spurs, but the spurs dont have the money nor the assets outside of the big 3. Harrington would put the spurs as the front runner for the ship. Its a pipe dream but Pop and RC please try.....
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Harrington likely wants the $10M range. I don't see how the Spurs can carry four contracts that size and over, with Duncan's at near $20. That's near the luxury cap right there.

HOWEVER, signing Harrington for parts and turning around and trading him OR working on a 3-way trade with Atlanta getting the spare parts might be the way to go.
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Man, I thought this Hawks ownership wrangling was over with last summer
over the whole Joe Johnson situation.


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wow what mess... and they've gotta sign some guys just to meet the salary floor don't they?
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Not all bad, eh? They have to tank the season anyway in order to keep their Top 3 protected draft pick next year.
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Did Atlanta lost his sign&trade option with Al after this punishment?
If so, Al would get MLE at most, because there isn't any teams can offer him more than it without sign&trade.
I would like to see him playing in Spurs for MLE
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Did Atlanta lost his sign&trade option with Al after this punishment?
That's a good question. No definitive answer.

I'd think he'd go for the MLE to where he originally wanted to go. Likely Indiana.
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