The past couple of years, the Hawks have been coming up on a crossroads: Spend big to re-sign high-priced free agents such as Al Horford and Paul Millsap, surround them with solid vets, and be a good but not great team that made the playoffs and maybe the second round, but capped out there; or let the vets go and rebuild.

Horford is a Celtic, Millsap is a Nugget, and the Hawks are young and interesting with Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, and John Collins.

We tend to give team GM/presidents the credit for making a call on the path, but those kinds of large cultural decisions fall on ownership. When Chris Paul left this summer, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer chose to retool around Blake Griffin.

Hawks owner Tony Ressler chose to rebuild, and spoke about it with David Aldridge of TNT.