Mike Bibby Staying in Atlanta

Jul 7, 2009

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ESPN is reporting that the Hawks have reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension with Point Guard Mike Bibby.  The deal is said to be worth $18 million over three years.  Bibby averaged 14.9 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers per game last year.  He shot 43.5% from the floor, 78.9% from the line, and 39% from three. 

Bibby’s fantasy value took a big hit this offseason as the Hawks traded for scoring combo Guard Jamal Crawford and drafted PG Jeff Teague.  Throw in Joe Johnson and Bibby should see a dip in scoring and assists, although I would expect some three Guard sets with Bibby, Johnson, Crawford, Josh Smith, and Al Horford where the Hawks really push the tempo. 

This offseason has been about the good teams getting better so it was important for the Hawks to retain Bibby.  The crowded backfield means Josh Childress will likely not return after a one-year hiatus to play in Greece. With Bibby’s deal out of the way, the Hawks can focus on bringing back Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia.

The deal won’t be official until tomorrow.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    July 8th, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    I don’t know how, but I missed this post.

    I’m glad the Hawks inked Bibby, even if it’s for nothing else but to be a teacher for Teague.

    I don’t look for Childress to come back either, unless the Hawks trade some other guys soon – which is unlikely.

    I hope the Hawks secure Williams and Pachulia – they are keys to the team’s success (especially Pachulia coming off the bench).

    I think the Hawks have a chance to compete in the East this year. With Orlando losing Hedo (thus getting weaker – I know they got Vince but still, Hedo is a big loss) the Hawks have a chance to get up there in the big 3 and run with Cleveland and Boston.

  2. LestersLegends
    July 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    Bibby is still a solid floor leader. His numbers may dip, but that doesn’t mean the quality of his play will. Pachulia is a necessity because he filled in so well when Horford got hurt. I expect a better year from Horford and with this talented, athletic bunch, I see no reason why they can’t compete for the 3 or 4 seed.

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