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Are Hawks getting Ray Allen? Odds site makes them favorites


It doesn't qualify as a guarantee but one odds site says Hawks are favorite to sign Ray Allen. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Hawks go into the All-Star break with the second-best record in the NBA at 43-11, trailing only Golden State (42-9), a team they beat last week. More importantly, they have a comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference over Toronto (6½ games), Chicago (9), Washington (10) and Cleveland (10½, but rising).

Notwithstanding blowing a game in Boston the other night, they have been a joy to watch. The on-court product has been a nice distraction from the off-court mess, where we've seen the excommunication of part-owner Bruce Levenson, the franchise going up for sale and the limbo status of general manager Danny Ferry.

The kids off the court just can't play nice. If you missed it, I have a column on on how individual agendas are still driving the circus bus off the court. Here's a link that will get you there.

Back off the court, the NBA trade deadline is in six days and the Hawks are among the bidders for free agent three-point specialist Ray Allen, who has played on title teams in Boston and Miami. Actually, they are the favorites to sign Allen, according to the sports odds website, Vegas Insider , which has listed odds for nine teams on signing Allen and winning the NBA title.

Vegas Insider's Tony Mejia has the Hawks as the favorite to sign Allen at 3-1 and third best to win the title at 7-1.

Here are the odds for the nine teams listed.

Mejia has a nice breakdown on each team. Here's what he writes about the Hawks:

Atlanta Hawks

Pros: The Hawks share the ball beautifully and seek out the open man, so getting the great looks Allen has become accustomed to wouldn’t be a problem. Although he likely wouldn’t share the floor with Kyle Korver too often, there would be late-game situations where he’d share the floor with the guy who has replaced him as the league’s deadliest shooter. That can’t hurt. He’d instantly provide a championship pedigree to a contender that doesn’t have anyone on the roster that has reached the Finals.

Cons: Once Thabo Sefolosha returns from his calf injury, Allen would be even more of a situational player, since head coach Mike Budenholzer would have another key option on the wing beyond starters Korver and DeMarre Carroll. Of course, at this stage of his career, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. NBA title odds: +700 (7-to-1), currently third-best.

Odds Allen signs: Trading first-round selection Adreian Payne to Minnesota for a future first-rounder opened a roster spot that Allen would fill nicely. Considering what a strong fit this is from a style of play standpoint, the Hawks are VI’s favorite to land his services. 3-to-1.

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Thoughts on this? Do the Hawks need Allen, or another big man, both or neither?

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