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Posted: 10:16 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013

Hawks tried to trade up ... but didn't need to 

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Bucknell's Mike Muscala, a 6-foot-11 power forward, was selected 44th overall (14th pick, 2nd round) by the Dallas Mavericks and traded to the Hawks.

By Chris Vivlamore

There is plenty to examine, breakdown and follow up on after Thursday night's draft.

For a quick recap, and to fill in some of the gaps, the Hawks:

1. Traded with the Celtics at the 16th pick, through the Mavericks, to obtain the rights of 7-foot Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira (pronounced new-GAY-ruh)

2. Selected German 6-1 point guard Dennis Schroeder (pronounced Shroe-derr) with the 17th pick.

3. Obtained forward Jared Cunningham from the Mavericks.

4. Obtained the rights to the Mavericks second-round pick (No. 44 overall) Bucknell center/forward Mike Muscala (pronounced muss-KAL-uh)

5. Drafted Miami guard Shane Larkin with the 18th pick and traded his rights to the Mavericks.

6. Traded both their second-round picks, sending Raul Neto (No. 47 overall) to the Jazz in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and James Ennis (No. 50 overall) to the Heat for a conditional second-round pick in 2017.

Is that enough?

General manager insisted both first-round additions (more on them and the Hawks draft philosophy later today) were players they targeted. I asked Ferry after the long night in he tried to move up in the draft. He acknowledged there were discussions with other teams, including the Mavericks at 13 before they made the deal with the Celtics.

"We looked, we did explore moving up," Ferry said. "When those guys were available we stopped exploring moving back. We felt like those were they guys that if we moved up specifically to get both of them we didn't wawnt to leave anything to chance at the end. So we were a little aggressive in making sure we made that happen."

Ferry said both Nogueria and Schroeder will be developed but would not rule out any possibility - either they would be part of the Hawks roster or remain overseas next season.

I know there are still many, many questions to be answered as the Hawks build a roster. I will work to get those answers in the coming days but it's clear that most of that building will be done through free agency.

I'm sure plenty of you stated your opinion on the Hawks draft in the thread blog but let me know what you think about the moves - those just made and those coming.

Chris Vivlamore

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