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Al Harrington, DeShawn Stevenson officially free agents


This was a bit of housekeeping. Expected news but now it is official.

Al Harrington and DeShawn Stevenson have cleared waivers and are now free agents, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Again, not a shock as, for example, nobody was going to pick up the $14.7 million left on Harrington’s contract (his buyout with Orlando was likely for the $7.4 million guaranteed on his deal). Orlando waived Harrington, Atlanta Stevenson.

Now both can sign with any team, they just have to prove they are healthy.

The question with Harrington is health — he has battled knee issues for a couple of seasons and last season he didn’t return until February then only played in 10 games. He has dropped 27 pounds in workouts, is he back to being the guy who averaged 14.2 points a game two seasons ago? If so he has value.

Stevenson has value as well if healthy — but there is no way the Heat are picking him up. Stevenson had a knee problem last year and averaged 5.1 points a game in the 56 games he actually got in.

Someone likely picks them up for the minimum.

DeShawn Stevenson wants to play for the Miami Heat

LeBron James, DeShawn Stevenson, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood,

Once Greg Oden made a decision to sign with the Miami Heat, it may have appeared a bit too easy to join the back-to-back defending champions on a veteran’s minimum deal in free agency.

That appears to be the case where DeShawn Stevenson is concerned, who is looking for work after recently being waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

Stevenson took to his Twitter account on Saturday to lobby for an employment opportunity in Miami — where he’d be on the same team as a player he once despised in LeBron James.

This is hilarious on many fronts, but we’ll start by pointing out the most obvious.

Stevenson made a bit of a name for himself in his days with the Washington Wizards going at LeBron, and the feud between the two extended off the court into the area of hip-hop which ended up involving Soulja Boy and even Jay-Z.

The fact that Stevenson is now asking for LeBron’s blessing in landing on the roster to play alongside him is beyond amazing.

But forgetting the silly history between the two players, Stevenson isn’t exactly a championship caliber player at this stage of his career. He was hobbled by a knee injury last season, and managed to average just 5.1 points in 20.7 minutes per game, while appearing in 56 contests.

Hawks waive DeShawn Stevenson, will sign DeMarre Carroll

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DeShawn Stevenson started 31 games for the Hawks last season, but as the team continues its summer overhaul of the roster, Stevenson and his contract of $2.2 million are now a thing of the past.

Atlanta has waived Stevenson and will replace him by signing DeMarre Carroll, according to a report from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The move is one that has apparently been planned for some time.

Carroll agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract on July 5th, the same day the team agreed to a deal with his Jazz teammate Paul Millsap. The delay in signing was for salary cap reasons as the Hawks rebuilt much of their roster this offseason. The Hawks were retaining Bird rights for several of their unrestricted free agents.

Stevenson shot 36.4 percent from three-point distance last season, and can play either the shooting guard or small forward positions. But he averaged just 5.1 points in 20.7 minutes per game, while appearing in just 56 contests due to struggling with a knee injury.

With Stevenson now gone, all five players Atlanta received in last summer’s deal that sent Joe Johnson to Brooklyn have been cleared from the roster.

Report: Chris Paul, Dwight Howard text about teaming up. This will not happen.

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

For the owners, pretty much half the reason for the lockout last year was to put in place an economic system that prevents stars from doing what the Miami Heat did with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. (Technically they still could have done that because they stripped the roster all the way down and those guys took less money, but you get the idea).

So when you hear things about superstars talking about teaming up right now, take it with a grain of salt. Actually, more like the entire Bonneville Salt Flats.

That’s my lead in to the latest rumor from Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have been in consistent contact recently about the possibility of becoming teammates next season, according to league sources. Paul and Howard will be the biggest free agents on the market this summer, and their desire is to play together, the sources said.

“They would love to play together if somebody can make it happen,” one of the sources said.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

I have no doubt that the two have texted about this. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are friends, they get along, and no doubt the tandem would be a force.

But back to that whole lockout and logistics thing.

Broussard says Atlanta can do it.

The Atlanta Hawks could make it happen. Atlanta, which is Howard’s hometown, has the cap room to sign both players to maximum-salaried contracts.

Howard is not particularly fond of the idea of returning to Atlanta, but he would do so to team up with Paul, the sources said.

Actually, no Atlanta does not have the room to make it happen. Teams have a lot less money to spend than you think because of cap holds and other restrictions..

Atlanta could have up to $35 million in cap space, which is not enough to give max deals to both players, but maybe you could convince them both to take paycuts (ala Miami). But to get that $35 million they have to renounce/let sign elsewhere Josh Smith (he’s gone, but until he signs elsewhere there is a cap hold on the Hawks salary space). Then they have to renounce every other free agent on their roster — Kyle Korver, Devin Harris, Zaza Pachulia, Johan Petro, Ivan Johnson, Jeff Teague, Dahntay Jones, Hilton Armstrong, Erick Dampier, Etan Thomas, Randolph Morris and Anthony Tolliver. Then they have to waive DeShawn Stevenson, Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott. Or they could amnesty Al Horford.

You really think Danny Ferry is going to play that game?

Besides, Chris Paul isn’t leaving the Clippers. So for Howard to team up with CP3 all you have to do is convince Lakers management to do a sign-and-trade that sends Howard to the Clippers. Good luck with that. And by the way, the Lakers can’t do a sign-and-trade unless it is one that brings them down to a salary level below the tax apron (roughly $76 million) so a third team that wants to soak up a lot of salary and bad contracts has to be brought in.

So good luck with that.

If you’re thinking the Clippers would sign-and-trade CP3 to the Lakers, I think that’s not a tobacco pipe in your hands.

Chris Paul and Dwight Howard together is never going to happen. But they can text about it all they want. Free country and all that.

Hawks need to match Pacers physicality, get out and run in Game 2

Atlanta Hawks head coach Drew talks to players at timeout during NBA first round playoff basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

This series is better than you think it is.

Which judging by the Internet buzz isn’t saying much. You all think this is vanilla ice cream in a cup. And not the good stuff, you think this is ice milk.

This series is more entertaining than that. The Pacers with Paul George and David West are more than just defense — oh, make no mistake, the Pacers want some 1990s throwback physicality if they can get away with it. But they can play, too. The Hawks have the talent to match that in Josh Smith (who will play on his tweaked ankle), Al Horford and occasionally Jeff Teague.

The Hawks got their way in Game 1 — it was physical, they punched the Hawks on the nose and the Hawks retreated.

The Atlanta Hawks can win Game 2 of this series. They can make this a series. But they are going to have to do three things.

1) Match the Pacers physical play. Atlanta needs to show the toughness it should have on this roster — Ivan Johnson, DeShawn Stevenson — and stand toe-to-toe with the Pacers. Because you know Game 2 is going to feel a lot like Game 1 and Hawks coach Larry Drew admitted his team got manhandled in Game 1.

2) Stop shooting themselves in the foot. Play your best players. If Al Horford picks up a couple quick fouls again KEEP PLAYING HIM. I’m talking to you, Larry Drew. As was well explained at Peachtree Hoops, you yanked him after in the first half with two fouls in Game 1 and never got back into the flow. Horford is not a foul sponge, the guy is not going to keep fouling, and he’s your best player. So play him.

3) Get out and run on the fast break. Every team in the NBA — Miami, OKC, everyone — is going to struggle to score on the Pacers if you let them come down, put Roy Hibbert in the middle and set their defense. Teague can be good in the open court, Smith knows how to run, as do a lot of the Hawks. Get your looks before the defense sets.

For the Pacers, just do more of the same. More Paul George — he had a triple-double and led you to 109 points in Game 1. You know if the Pacers reach triple digits the Hawks are in trouble. Most of all, be physical until the Hawks show they can handle it. Then be more physical.

Do that, and this game will not be boring.