Atlanta has emerged as a legitimate contender for Asik’s services, as his toughness and defensive presence are coveted attributes by the Hawks. Asik would allow Al Horford to shift to his more natural power forward position. It would also give Horford more slack on the defensive end and allow him to hide some of his inabilities.
ESPN insider Bradford Doolittle had this to say on Asik’s potential fit with the team.
“I love him for the Hawks. He would fit into the increasingly international flavor of Atlanta’s locker room, would allow Al Horford to play the 4 and would make Paul Millsap a Sixth Man of the Year candidate or a valuable trade option.”