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After a magical postseason fun in 2021, the Atlanta Hawks became complacent at all levels, according to the team owner. They brought back the same group as the previous season and whiffed on the trade deadline. What resulted was a humiliating playoff exit at the hands of the Miami Heat.

The only way for the Hawks to return to the Eastern Conference Finals is to improve the roster. Last week, I ranked ten free agents they should target this summer. Below are ten free agents they must avoid at all costs.

Apr 2, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles guarded by Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (3) during the first half at State Farm Arena.
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) reacts after a basket during the second half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum.
Houston Rockets guard Dennis Schroder (17) brings the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center
Chicago Bulls center Tristan Thompson (3) reacts to an official s call during the first half against the Boston Celtics at the United Center.
Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) shoots free throws before the game against the Chicago Bulls at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney Hood (22) during the first half at Arena.
Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills (8) during the 3-Point Contest during the 2022 NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Rocket Mortgage Field House.

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