Atlanta native Howard and Paul are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents July 1. As each are currently under contract, with the Lakers and Clippers respectively, a team is not allowed to speak about them publically.
The letter, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was on team letterhead and headlined "Hot New Player news: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard." It began with the statement: "The buzz around our offseason is more than heating up. With massive cap space, 4 draft picks, and free agency rapidly approaching, we sit in the best position in the NBA. Player interest is skyrocketing as the possibilities of landing Chris Paul & Dwight Howard become more and more of a reality."
Now, as pointed by Bryan Rosa of FanSided, the Atlanta Hawks "are no stranger to to the NBA's anti-tampering policy as they were one of the teams fined $25,000 in 2010 during the LeBron James free agent frenzy. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban holds the biggest anti-tampering fine at $100K."