Hawks Trade Rights To Andersen To Rockets

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
By Micah Hart

Some news on the Hawks front – after re-signing Mike Bibby and Zaza Pachulia yesterday to new contracts, the team today traded the rights to Australian big man David Andersen (Atlanta’s 2nd round pick in 2002) to Houston for a future second and cash considerations.

Hawks GM Rick Sund had this to say about the move: “It’s unlikely David was going to play for us, so this deal gives us the opportunity to re-capture the second round draft choice that the organization used on him in 2002, plus cash considerations. It also allows David the chance to come over and play in the NBA.”

Here is my read on the deal – with the Hawks re-signing Zaza, minutes for Andersen would probably be hard to come by in an Atlanta uniform.

By all accounts Andersen appears to be a decent player, but you still never know how a Euro player’s game will translate to the NBA, and to be potentially spending a decent chunk of money on the unknown, it sounds like a risk that probably doesn’t have enough of a pay-off to see it through.

In the meantime, the team gets something in return for his services, and will presumably continue to search for frontcourt help from players who are maybe a little more established in the League already.

We wish Andersen well in Houston, and hopefully he’ll have a chance to get the minutes there that he probably wouldn’t have seen here in Atlanta.

UPDATE: Here is the official release.