The story’s the same, be it from Chris Sheridan or Tim Povtak. Yesterday was likely a must-win for Mike Woodson to keep his job.
Yeah, 50 wins, playoffs the last three years, significant progress, down the tubes. Because after yesterday’s embarrassing 30 point loss to the Magic, that’ll pretty much be a wrap on Woodson in Atlanta.
Bear in mind that the Hawks were a laughingstock five years ago, the team that continually drafted athletic wings every season and looked helpless. They were considered going nowhere, and every season, Woodson has led the Hawks to a further progression. At times this season, the Hawks looked very much like the third best team in the East. They simply peaked too early. It may be true that Atlanta quit, it’s very much in their nature. But the sheer dominant status of the Magic needs to be in heavy consideration.
If Woodson’s fired, he’ll likely have other job offers, but the propensity for his players to completely slip into oblivion under his watch will have to be considered. What won’t be mentioned is the completely unstable environment Woodson’s been under with the Hawks’ ownership disputes.
The Hawks really have progressed a long way and have considerable young assets. And yet, this may be the last ride for this formation of the team. Well, less of a ride. More of a tragic stumble into the dirt. But you get the drift.
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The Lakers took on the salary of Jose Calderon this year so they could get a couple second-round picks from the Bulls (Chicago got him from New York in the Derrick Rose trade), but even with the previous regime in Los Angeles the aging point guard was never part of the future.
Sources told ESPN that it’s not yet a certainty Calderon will secure his release from the Lakers in the coming days, but the sides are indeed discussing the options as Wednesday’s playoff eligibility deadline nears….
Sources say that Calderon, if he winds up hitting the open market, would instantly become a target for both the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.
Cleveland may also have interest if their plan to land Deron Williams when he is bought out by Dallas goes awry.
Calderon, 35, was not part of the Lakers’ regular rotation, playing in just 24 games. He can still knock down a shot if he has space and can set his feet, and he still has a high hoops IQ and can see the floor, but his athleticism has faded, and that can leave him exposed. Particularly on defense.
Players are being waived now so they clear in time for teams to sign them by March 1, after that said players are not eligible for playoff rosters.
There are better players to hit the waiver wire in the coming days — D-Will, Andrew Bogut, Matt Barnes — but Calderon is going to land somewhere. He’d be a solid third point guard and veteran presence for a playoff run.
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