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With the Atlanta Hawks out of the playoffs following their Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat, their offseason has officially begun as they slowly set out to address a series of looming questions about the future of their team. From free agency to the draft in June, the Hawks have their fair share of offseason work cut out for themselves and will look to take the necessary steps to get back on track.

But before they delve into all of that preparation and decision-making, the Hawks have one important question hovering over them that bares a far deeper magnitude and impact to not only Hawks fans, but also to NBA fans across the globe: Will veteran shooting guard Lou Williams choose to retire this season, and if not, will he return to Atlanta?

Jan 5, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams (6) gestures as he returns to the bench during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center.
Mar 16, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Atlanta Hawks head coach Nate McMillan head coach Nate McMillan talks with guard Lou Williams (6) during the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.

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