Hawks Flip Damion James for Jordan Crawford, Cash
Atlanta swapped picks with the Nets, giving New Jersey Texas swingman Damion James in exchange for Xavier guard Jordan Crawford at No. 27 and Tibor Pleiss at No. 31. The Hawks then flipped Pleiss, a promising 20-year-old 7-footer out of Germany, to the Thunder for cash considerations expected to total a couple million dollars.
Crawford's a nice pick-up for the Hawks; if the team loses Joe Johnson in free agency and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford is summoned to the starting five, the rookie Crawford can pick up minutes immediately. And if he's the player Atlanta wanted at No. 24, they made a profit on dealing with the Nets and Thunder.
But given that the cash paid for Pleiss' rights can be used to pay Crawford's salary and then some, it could just help nudge the Hawks toward doing what it takes to keep Johnson and give Atlanta some decent depth in the backcourt. They may need one more big man for the rotation, but guard depth's important, too, and the Hawks addressed it well.