Jamario Moon Lobbies For Spot On Hawks

Jamario Moon has been working out on his own in Atlanta, and told Lang Greene of HoopsWorld that he thinks he'd be a fit for the Hawks. 

“Atlanta makes sense to me,” Moon said. “[Hawks GM] Danny [Ferry] was the general manager when I was playing for Cleveland and [Hawks assistant general manager] Wes Wilcox was there too. They already know me and what I bring. It just makes sense.”

The Hawks are thin at small forward, as Greene points out, citing a report from last month by Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that indicates Ferry is looking for a defensive-minded wing. Kyle Korver, James Anderson and Damion James appear to be Atlanta's only options at the three, unless coach Larry Drew wants to slide athletic power forward Josh Smith into that position. Anderson and James have non-guaranteed contracts, while Korver's $5MM deal is only guaranteed for $500K. With only 12 fully guaranteed deals, Moon would seem to have a strong chance of making the team if he garners an invitation to training camp.

The 6'8", 32-year-old Moon is a veteran of five NBA seasons. He joined the Bobcats for the final two weeks of the regular season last year after spending a dozen games in the D-League, and appeared in eight contests for Charlotte, averaging 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game. His minimum-salary contract with the Bobcats covered 2012/13, but the season was non-guaranteed, and Charlotte waived him in July. As his Hoops Rumors page shows, we haven't heard about him drawing any interest since then.

Moon has also played with the Heat, Cavs and Clippers, but has yet to make nearly as much impact as he did with the Raptors, where he started 114 of the 132 games he played between 2007/08 and 2008/09, averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game. His 3.6 defensive win shares in 2007/08 led the team.

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