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Earlier this week, Atlanta Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler gave a press conference via Zoom. Ressler said he wasn't scared of the luxury tax and implied the team was ready to spend this summer. That's music to the fans' ears. 

As it currently stands, the Hawks have nine players on the books for the 2022-23 NBA season at approximately $147 million. I went into detail about the roster, depth chart, and salary cap following the conclusion of the season. I still believe the team is more likely to add star power by making a consolidation trade, but let's put the trade machine aside for a moment and focus on available free agents.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) takes a shot against Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the second half at Barclays Center.
Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo (7) shoots past Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) in the second quarter at Ball Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington (2) dribbles during the second half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum.
Mar 16, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Montrezl Harrell (8) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at the Spectrum Center.
Apr 5, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) dribbles during the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center.
Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (5) runs down the court after scoring against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Amway Center.
Jan 30, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes the ball defended by Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena.
Feb 3, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) controls a rebound in front of Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first half at State Farm Arena.
Jan 17, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Capital One Arena
Mar 3, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) controls the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Delon Wright (0) during the first half at State Farm Arena.

You might be wondering about James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Both Harden and Irving are immensely talented, but they are at the top of my list of players I want the Atlanta Hawks to avoid. Speaking of which, that article will be out soon. Stay locked into AllHawks.com for breaking news, highlights, and analysis.

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