Hawks Re-Sign Mike Bibby And Zaza: What About Williams And Flip Murray?

Chase SanfordCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

The Atlanta Hawks filled a spot in their roster by adding Jamal Crawford this offseason. However, questions surrounding a couple of their free agents were still swirling around them.

Would the Hawks let the veteran point guard Bibby walk? How about their energizing reserve post player Zaza Pachulia?

Well, get used to seeing Bibby and Zaza in a Hawks uniform because both have recently re-signed with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks reportedly re-signed Mike Bibby for three years worth $18 million. He made $14.9 million this past season while averaging 14.9 points and 5 assists per game.

Bibby's agent, David Falk, said that Atlanta has been a very good environment for him to play in. Also, he said he enjoyed playing for Coach Woodson and the way he is able to lead a young team. Woodson said that the team would not have made the Playoffs in 2008, the first time since 1999, without Bibby.

It has been reported that other teams were interested in Bibby, but he decided to stay in Atlanta and build on the growth the team has seen in the past couple of years. He also wanted to be on a team that was striving to improve every year and had a commitment to get better.

Then after re-signing Bibby, the Hawks made another move to keep together the team that has made two straight Playoff appearances.

The Atlanta Hawks have also re-signed backup center Zaza Pachulia, as he received a four year contract extension the day after they re-signed Bibby.

Zaza is a tough player who brings energy, determination, and all-out-effort on the court every night. He started 26 games last year, although he is mostly known to come off the bench now. 

The 7-foot Pachulia averaged 6.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games last season.

The Hawks have now assured Bibby and Zaza back in Atlanta, but all business is not done.

They still have restricted free agents Marvin Williams and Flip Murray to attend to. Williams, a starting wing player, and Flip Murray, a top bench player, both play important parts for the Atlanta Hawks organization.

In my opinion, I think the Hawks should try to keep both of these players. Atlanta has showed strong signs of improvement over the past few years, making it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals last year (only to get bashed by The King). Even if they did get swept by the Cavs in the Semis, the point is the Hawks were there (which is much improvement from years past).

If the Hawks can sign back Murray and Williams, the core group of guys will all still be there. Plus, Atlanta will have talented Jeff Teague learning from Bibby at the guard position and Jamal Crawford added to the roster. 

Atlanta does need a center, so if the Hawks could trade either Williams or Murray (or both) for a big man to contribute to Horford and Zaza in the post, I would not object.

We currently have no information as to which way the Hawks want to go with Williams and Murray, though. All we can do now is wait and see which direction the Hawks organization chooses to go in.

As for now, Bibby and Zaza are re-signed and ready to help Atlanta continually improve for the next few seasons.