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Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons

Dwight Howard referred to his last several NBA seasons as a “mess” several times in a recent interview. That includes last year playing for his hometown Hawks. Howard was traded to the Hornets earlier this summer. In praise of a reunion with Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant with the Magic when Howard entered the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick and had his best seasons,...


Falcons ensure roster stability with Freeman contract extension

Falcons ensure roster stability with Freeman contract extension

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) reacts during NFL football training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The potential biggest distraction of Falcons’ training camp never really left the station. The team reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension with Devonta Freeman. The life of the contract would be worth ...
Reeling Dream fall to Lynx as second-half comeback falls short

Reeling Dream fall to Lynx as second-half comeback falls short

The slumping Dream haven’t played “big time basketball.” Losers of four in a row and seven of nine, the last team the Dream probably wanted to see was the 20-3 Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx proved why it’s the best team in the WNBA, extinguishing a second-half rally and defeating Atlanta 81-72 at McCamish Pavilion Tuesday. The Dream has dropped eight consecutive matchups with the...
Hawks exhibition schedule includes Heat, Grizzlies

Hawks exhibition schedule includes Heat, Grizzlies

The Hawks have not released their exhibition schedule for the 2017-18 season but two games are set based on those published by opponents. The Hawks will open the exhibition season at the Heat on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat announced their home exhibition schedule last week. The Hawks will host – sort of – the Grizzlies on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Grizzlies released...
Hawks to sign, introduce Babbitt Wednesday

Hawks to sign, introduce Babbitt Wednesday

The Hawks will sign and introduce Luke Babbitt at a news conference Wednesday. The free-agent forward agreed to a one-year contract with the team last week. The Hawks announced the news conference, but did not name Babbitt because a contract has yet to be signed. The veteran minimum contract is for $1.9 million. Babbitt played last season for the Heat and averaged 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 15.7...
Bazemore, Howard call for ‘Man Up’ to support Dream

Bazemore, Howard call for ‘Man Up’ to support Dream

Kent Bazemore and Dwight Howard know the Atlanta Dream face a big test when they host the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday. Both players called for local mans to ‘Man Up’ and support the Dream against the top team in the WNBA. The Dream host the Lynx at 7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion. The Lynx have the best record in the WNBA at 20-3 and lead the Western Conference. The Dream are currently...
ESPN rates Hawks the NBA’s worst team. That’s not a bad thing

ESPN rates Hawks the NBA’s worst team. That’s not a bad thing

“Tanking is fun, Tony.” (Hyosub Shin/AJC) Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider this week graded the 30 NBA teams’ offseasons: He assigned the Atlanta Hawks a D-plus , which wasn’t even the worst in the East. (The Bulls and Pacers and Knicks got a big fat F, the latter in no small part for lavishing $71 million on ex-Hawk...
Shaquille O’Neal says he’ll run for sheriff in Henry County in 2020

Shaquille O’Neal says he’ll run for sheriff in Henry County in 2020

One of the NBA’s biggest might be one of Henry County’s finest some day.  Retired basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says he’s serious about a career in law enforcement and he told The Washington Post that he plans to run for sheriff in Henry County in 2020.  Keith McBrayer has been Henry County’s sheriff since 2008. The 45-year-old O’Neal...
Free exhibit puts spotlight on longtime Hawks photographer’s images

Free exhibit puts spotlight on longtime Hawks photographer’s images

As the Atlanta Hawks photographer for the past 40 years, Scott Cunningham has captured key moments night after night, year after year — from a high-flying Dominique Wilkins to a finger-wagging Dikembe Mutombo to a more recent image of a fearless, ultra-fast Dennis Schroder. Standing in front of a poster-size image of a soaring Wilkins taken in 1991, Cunningham smiles wistfully and reminisces...
ESPN projects Hawks to finish with NBA’s worst record (27 wins)

ESPN projects Hawks to finish with NBA’s worst record (27 wins)

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk (left) and Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler hold a basketball during the press conference to officially introduce the new GM in June. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com) Atlanta sports fans should be conditioned to this after watching the Braves for most of the last three seasons. But the Hawks have dived into a major/long-term rebuilding project...
Everything you want to know about VAR in MLS

Everything you want to know about VAR in MLS

The room is stifling, with only a floor fan to move the air around. But the focus isn’t on why the bay doors aren’t open on a summer Chicago day. Instead, eyes are seduced by the big red button sitting just in front of four computer screens. No, the button doesn’t launch nuclear warheads, but its bright color and comical size does scream “push me.” Some soccer purists...
For Braves, this year becomes next year: Albies and Sims in, Phillips out

For Braves, this year becomes next year: Albies and Sims in, Phillips out

Braves rookie infielder Ozzie Albies was recalled from Triple A Gwinnett and made his major league debut Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) There’s a story in Greek mythology in which Icarus attempts to escape Crete by using wings made of feathers and wax. The problem was Icarus was like all punk millennials and he ignored...
NBA player to host youth camp at N. Fulton high school

NBA player to host youth camp at N. Fulton high school

Malik Beasley was one of the best basketball players St. Francis High School ever had. The Alpharetta native scored 1,959 points and grabbed 728 rebounds for the Knights and led them to two state titles before he graduated and went to Florida State. In May, the high school retired his No. 5 jersey. Now in the NBA and playing with the Denver Nuggets, Beasley is coming back to north Fulton County...
Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step up in his second season

Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step up in his second season

Georgia coach Kirby Smart gestures speaks to the media on the first day of preseason camp on Monday in Athens. (AP photo) ATHENS – There were times in Kirby Smart’s first season when he used the, “It takes time to turn around a big ship” analogy, which probably weren’t the best choice of words to fall back on because the program he inherited was coming off...
Hawks waive Diamond Stone

Hawks waive Diamond Stone

The Hawks waived Diamond Stone on Monday in a move that came just weeks after the team acquired the center in a three-way trade with the Clippers and Nuggets earlier this month. Stone, 6-foot-11, 260 pounds, played in four games for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League this month after the trade. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.0 minutes. Stone had a fully guaranteed...
Mystics take down Dream, 77-70

Mystics take down Dream, 77-70

Led by an impressive performance by Emma Meesseman, the Washington Mystics never trailed after the early going in a 77-70 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta’s offense struggled early and was never able to overcome a lead that settled around 10 points for most of the afternoon. “I’m still proud of our team,” coach Michael Cooper said. “Washington...
Hawks sign Cavanaugh to partial guarantee rookie deal

Hawks sign Cavanaugh to partial guarantee rookie deal

The Hawks signed Tyler Cavanaugh to a partial guaranteed rookie contract Friday. The undrafted forward out of George Washington will attend training camp and then likely will play for the Hawks’ NBA G League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. The 6-foot-9 Cavanaugh played for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month. He appeared in two games and averaged 3.0 points...
Second-round pick Kaba to play in France next season

Second-round pick Kaba to play in France next season

Hawks second-round draft pick Alpha Kaba signed with ASVEL of the French Pro A League and will continue his career overseas next season. The power forward/center signed a three-year deal with the French team, it was announced by his agent Friday. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk has said from draft night in June that it was likely the prospect would again play overseas. Schlenk confirmed the signing...
N. Fulton native Lorenzo Brown back in the NBA, signs with Raptors

N. Fulton native Lorenzo Brown back in the NBA, signs with Raptors

Lorenzo Brown is back in the NBA. The 26-year-old Roswell native signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday for the 2017-18 season. Brown, who played at Centennial High School before heading to Hargrave Military Academy and then N.C. State, has been an NBA journeyman since he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2013’s second round. Since then, the 6-foot-5 guard...
Dream overcome 18-point first-half deficit, beat Mercury 99-91 in OT

Dream overcome 18-point first-half deficit, beat Mercury 99-91 in OT

In a historical game from Layshia Clarendon, the Atlanta Dream took down the Phoenix Mercury 99-91 in overtime on Tuesday. The Mercury completely controlled the first half, but Atlanta used the help of its hometown fans in a momentous third period that brought it all the way back from an 18-point deficit. “I told them at the half, we’ve got to limit their 3-point attempts, we’ve...
Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

  This is the room that houses the controls for the hypothetically retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which may work some time in 2017. (Jeff Schultz/jschultz@ajc.com) The chief of communications for Falcons owner Arthur Blank emerged from the room, closed the door behind him and delivered the verdict. “You can’t go in there,” Brett Jewkes...
Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

The Hawks claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers Saturday. The guard/forward was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday. The Hawks were looking to add another wing to the roster and saw Brussino as a fit by being a young player with upside they can work with as a project. The 6-foot-8 Brussino appeared in 54 games with the Mavericks last season as a rookie. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9...
Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Matthew Kaminski has been the organist for the Atlanta Braves since 2009. He’s played his tunes plenty of times at Turner Field, but when the Braves packed up and moved to Cobb County for SunTrust Park, so did he. His popularity has grown for playing distracting and funny songs as the opposing batters approach the plate, like theme songs from “The Office” or “Veggie Tales...
After signing NBA contract, N. Fulton native buys mom a Range Rover

After signing NBA contract, N. Fulton native buys mom a Range Rover

No NBA team spent a draft pick on Alpharetta native Kobi Simmons in the 2017 draft, but the Memphis Grizzlies signed the 6-foot-5 guard as a free agent shortly after. A month after signing his rookie contract and playing in the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas, Simmons decided it was time to pay back one of the loves of his life, his mother. Simmons bought his mom a Range Rover and surprised...
Hawks will have uniform options in 2017

Hawks will have uniform options in 2017

The NBA this week announced that the league would forgo traditional “home” and “away” jerseys next season. Teams will have four uniform options, or rather “editions,”  from new supplier Nike to pick from on any given night. Home teams will pick which of their uniforms will be worn, while  visiting teams will choose a contrasting uniform within...
Hawks to introduce Ilyasova, Dedmon on Friday

Hawks to introduce Ilyasova, Dedmon on Friday

The Hawks will hold a news conference Friday to announce two of their free-agent signings — Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon. The players have not officially signed with the team, but will do so before the afternoon conference. Ilyasova agreed to a one-year, $6 million. The forward was acquired in a February trade with the 76ers. He played in 26 games for the Hawks after the trade and averaged...
Hawks not a good team but could be very good in one area

Hawks not a good team but could be very good in one area

Mike Budenholzer knows how to coach defense. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Hawks boss Travis Schlenk has started the rebuild that his front-office predecessors (and his current owner) botched . The roster is pretty much full, the early reviews are in and, predictably, they are not good. The betting markets set the over/under win total for the...
Hawks saved $4 million in buyout of Crawford

Hawks saved $4 million in buyout of Crawford

The Hawks saved $4 million on the contract of Jamal Crawford. The team bought out the contract of the guard acquired in a three-way trade earlier this month, which allowed the former Hawks player to become an unrestricted free agent. Crawford was owed $14.2 million and $3 million over the next two seasons, a total of $17.2 million. The Hawks bought out the contract for $10.9 million and $2.3 million...
Collins named to LVSL First Team

Collins named to LVSL First Team

Hawks rookie forward John Collins was named to the Las Vegas Summer League first team, the NBA announced Monday. Collins, the first-round pick (No. 19 overall), started all five games for the Hawks and averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 23.0 minutes. His field-goal percentage of .593 led all players with at least 50 attempts and his rebound total was tied for fifth. Collins had...
Dwight Howard doesn’t pull punches, fights back on Twitter

Dwight Howard doesn’t pull punches, fights back on Twitter

It’s been almost a month since Dwight Howard was traded from Atlanta to Charlotte. Howard has spent his summer working on more than his three-point shooting.  The former Hawks star spent his weekend in Atlanta chatting up fans on Twitter. He answered most questions cordially. He talked about how he’s looking forward to being a Hornet and talked some history from his days in Orlando...
Hawks end summer league with win over Rockets

Hawks end summer league with win over Rockets

The Hawks ended the Las Vegas Summer League with a 92-86 victory over the Rockets on Friday. They finished the tournament with a 3-2 record. Trent Lockett started and led the Hawks with 17 points. The forward added five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. The Hawks did not play last year’s first-round draft picks DeAndre Bembry and Taurean Prince and this year’s second-round...
Hawks sign Dorsey to two-year deal

Hawks sign Dorsey to two-year deal

The Hawks signed rookie guard Tyler Dorsey to a two-year guaranteed minimum contract Friday. The second-round pick agreed to the deal earlier this month. Dorsey, the 41st overall selection in June, averaged 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30.0 minutes last season for Oregon. The guard helped Oregon reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He was also All-Pac 12 honorable mention....
Cam Newton unveils new Under Armour shoes, a tribute to Atlanta

Cam Newton unveils new Under Armour shoes, a tribute to Atlanta

Forrest Gump’s mother said you can tell a lot about a person by what shoes they’re wearing. Where they’re going and where they have been. After folks in the Westside Cultural Arts Center got past the large black hat, denim jacket and green pants that Cam Newton was wearing on Thursday night, their eyes wandered down to his kicks. And the 6-foot-5 Atlanta native and former NFL MVP&rsquo...
A humble John Collins making highlights at Summer League

A humble John Collins making highlights at Summer League

For Atlanta Hawks rookie John Collins, humility comes naturally. He’s a kind young man, and self-aggrandizement is not in his genetic code. That said, you’ll have to excuse what it’s taken for him to fully appreciate the fact he was the 19th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, that being him typing his name into a Google search bar. “It’s going to take me a...
Schroder to play in NBA Africa Game 2017

Schroder to play in NBA Africa Game 2017

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder will take part in the NBA Africa Game 2017 as rosters for the exhibition games were announced Thursday. The second edition of the game will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa on Aug. 5 and feature Team Africa versus Team World. The game is played in conjunction with the NBA and the NBA Players Association and support UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and...
Hawks agree to deal with Ilyasova

Hawks agree to deal with Ilyasova

The Hawks agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with free agent Ersan Ilyasova on Wednesday, according to a person familar with the situation. The deal was first reported by The Vertical. Ilyasova returns to the Hawks after the forward appeared in 26 regular-season games last season after he was acquired in February. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24 minutes during the regular season...
Updated Hawks salary cap and depth chart

Updated Hawks salary cap and depth chart

Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) drives the ball past Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Atlanta. The Grizzlies defeated the Hawks 103-91. (AP Photo/Branden Camp) The Hawks now have 13 players under contract for next season. The recent agreements with Mike Muscala and Ersan Ilyasova...
Another big game for Collins but Hawks fall to Pelicans

Another big game for Collins but Hawks fall to Pelicans

The Atlanta Hawks have one game remaining in the Las Vegas Summer League after they were upset by the Pelicans 105-95 on Wednesday. The Hawks will play the Rockets game at 4 p.m. Friday on ESPNU to conclude the tournament. The Hawks just missed a first-round bye and were seeded ninth. The Pelicans were seeded last at 24th. The Hawks narrowly defeated the Pelicans in the opening round Sunday. First-round...
Dorsey to miss Hawks summer league game

Dorsey to miss Hawks summer league game

Hawks second-round draft pick Tyler Dorsey will not play against the Pelicans in the Las Vegas Summer League Wednesday. Dorsey suffered a right ankle sprain in the Hawks final opening round game on Monday. The guard was ruled out after suffering the injury in the second quarter against the Bulls. He returned to the bench with his ankle taped. Dorsey played just six minutes before the injury. The Hawks...
Hawks get rematch with Pelicans in summer league

Hawks get rematch with Pelicans in summer league

The Hawks were seeded ninth after the opening round of the Las Vegas Summer League and will play the 24th-seeded Pelicans on Wednesday. The Hawks (2-1), who just missed out on a bye, will play at 4 p.m. on NBA TV to begin the tournament portion of play. The winner of the game will play the eighth-seeded Spurs at 4 p.m. Thursday on NBA TV. The loser of the game will play the loser of the Nuggets-Rockets...
Hawks agree to deal with center Dewayne Dedmon

Hawks agree to deal with center Dewayne Dedmon

The Hawks agreed to a contract with unrestricted free agent center Dewayne Dedmon on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal is two years, $14 million with the second year a player option. The Hawks have not announced the deal. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that the team was in negotiations with several free agents...
Q and A: Schlenk says Hawks plan is to invest in the future

Q and A: Schlenk says Hawks plan is to invest in the future

Investing in the future. That is the term Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk prefers when speaking on the current state of the team. While some will say rebuild and some will say tank, Schlenk doesn’t see it that way. “Investing in the future,” Schlenk said of the Hawks plans. “We are going to be young. We are going to be fun. We are going to develop our talent. We are going...
Observations from Hawks summer league win over Bulls

Observations from Hawks summer league win over Bulls

The priority are players who will be Hawks next year. The Hawks have 17 players on their Las Vegas Summer League roster but the majority of the playing time has and will go to the group that will go beyond the tournament. “During the practices, some guys have earned some minutes,” said Hawks assistant Charles Lee, who is coaching the summer league entry. “You can’t play 17...
Dorsey suffers right ankle injury (updated)

Dorsey suffers right ankle injury (updated)

Hawks second-round draft pick Tyler Dorsey suffered a right ankle sprain in the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of Monday’s 75-55 victory over the Bulls in the Las Vegas Summer League game. Dorsey went to the ground hard after a drive to the basket and foul with less than four minutes remaining in the second quarter. He remained down until trainers could help him from the floor...
Prince doesn’t agree with low expectations for Hawks

Prince doesn’t agree with low expectations for Hawks

Taurean Prince wants to win. It doesn’t matter the current or future composition of the Hawks roster. The second-year forward was vehement when questioned about the Hawks’ low expectations next season considering the transformation of the team. “No, no, no,” Prince said when asked if next season could be difficult considering the changes to the roster. “I disagree. I...
Muscala calls decision to return to Hawks a ‘no-brainer’

Muscala calls decision to return to Hawks a ‘no-brainer’

Mike Muscala got engaged, bought a house, built a home gym and experienced free agency for the first time. Life has a changed for the Hawks center this summer. Yet one facet remained the same. Muscala will continue to play in Atlanta. Muscala agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Hawks as an unrestricted free agent last week. The deal calls for a second-year player option meaning Muscala...
Delaney working to avoid repeat of how first season ended

Delaney working to avoid repeat of how first season ended

Malcolm Delaney sees his first NBA season as a tale of two halves. The Hawks backup point guard was a prominent part of the rotation for much of the season until his playing time decreased the final month of the regular season and the playoffs. Delaney said he has spent his summer trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again. “For me, I think I did well the first half and the second half...
Observations from Hawks’ summer league win over Pelicans

Observations from Hawks’ summer league win over Pelicans

Don’t tell Charles Lee summer league games are meaningless. The Hawks assistant is serving as the head coach of the Las Vegas Summer League entry and couldn’t help a fist pump when after locking up an 84-82 victory over the Pelicans Sunday. “This is a chance for all of us to get our competitive juices out, a chance for our young guys to get some quality game reps,” Lee said...
Huge third quarter lifts Dream over Wings

Huge third quarter lifts Dream over Wings

The Dream used a dominant third quarter to pull away from the Wings in a 98-78 win on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. All five Atlanta starters finished with at least 13 points and after an impressive first quarter from Dallas’ Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Sykes and Layshia Clarendon slowed down Dallas’ star points guard. “It was a very good win for us,” Dream coach Michael...
No favor from Rockets, Kelly joins Hawks summer league team

No favor from Rockets, Kelly joins Hawks summer league team

Ryan Kelly is back with the Hawks after a bizarre two weeks. Unfortunately, it won’t last. Kelly had a non-guaranteed contract with the Hawks and was traded to the Rockets last week as they accumulated similar contracts to accommodate the acquisition of Chris Paul. Had the Rockets waived Kelly prior to July 1 he could have re-signed with the Hawks. That did not happen. He was finally waived...
Magette gets new path to NBA with two-way contract

Magette gets new path to NBA with two-way contract

Josh Magette will be playing for something more this season. Goodbye, Los Angeles. Hello, Erie. And maybe, Atlanta. After spending the past three seasons playing in the NBA G League with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Magette recently agreed to a two-way contract with the Hawks. The provision to the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for a team to add a 16th and 17th player to the roster who...
Stone may get clear path with Hawks after trade

Stone may get clear path with Hawks after trade

Diamond Stone had his path blocked with the Clippers. There may be no such obstacle with the Hawks. The Hawks acquired the little-used second-year center in a three-way trade this week. The big man joined the Hawks entry in the Las Vegas Summer League. Stone had his first practice on Saturday and is hopeful he can play in an upcoming game after missing the opener. The Hawks play the Pelicans at 4...
Where are they now? The Hawks two months after end of season

Where are they now? The Hawks two months after end of season

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) dribbles against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. Also seen is Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4). The Wizards won 103-99. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) The Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs on April...
Hawks won’t match Hardaway offer sheet from Knicks (updated)

Hawks won’t match Hardaway offer sheet from Knicks (updated)

Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a Knick — again. The Hawks did not match the Knicks’ four-year, $71 million offer sheet to the restricted-free-agent shooting guard. The Hawks had 48 hours to match the offer with a deadline of 11 p.m. (ET) Saturday. However, they made a final decision and gave notification several hours early. The departure means the Hawks have lost another major contributor from...
Bembry getting his chance as part of Hawks’ youth movement

Bembry getting his chance as part of Hawks’ youth movement

The world is changing for DeAndre Bembry. The Hawks’ roster is going through major changes and such a young player could be a factor as a part of a core group moving forward. Bembry, a first-round pick last year, is one of a dwindling number of players remaining from the end of last season. Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and Tim Hardaway Jr. are gone. Thabo Sefolosha and Kris Humphries likely won&rsquo...
Bembry, Prince shine but Hawks drop summer league opener

Bembry, Prince shine but Hawks drop summer league opener

DeAndre Bembry and Taurean Prince are rookies no more. The Hawks seasoned summer-league veterans combined for 36 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 75-72 loss to the Nets in the opening game of the Las Vegas tournament on Friday. Bembry finished with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting, and Prince finished with 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting in a game played at the Cox Pavilion on the campus of...
Layshia Clarendon’s career night leads Dream over Fever

Layshia Clarendon’s career night leads Dream over Fever

Dream coach Michael Cooper wasn’t going to let his point guard be “mediocre.” Behind court general Layshia Clarendon’s career-high 27 points, the Dream beat down the Indiana Fever 89-68 Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. “I thought this was a very good game that we played,” Cooper said. “What we talked about in shoot-around today is our energy, our effort...
Hawks complete buy out, waive Crawford (updated)

Hawks complete buy out, waive Crawford (updated)

The Hawks completed a buyout of Jamal Crawford’s contract Friday and requested waivers on the recently obtained shooting guard. Crawford becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Hawks obtained Crawford from the Clippers as part of a three-way trade completed Thursday following the end of the NBA moratorium period. The Hawks also got a 2018 first-round pick, Diamond Stone and cash considerations...
The Hawks are tanking. Draft picks are the way out of that tank

The Hawks are tanking. Draft picks are the way out of that tank

Everybody in the tank! (Hyosub Shin/AJC) The Hawks are rebuilding. That’s not a pejorative. On the contrary, it’s a concession stark reality and therefore worthy of applause. In sports, nobody rebuilds on a whim. Because it’s hard to do and harder to stomach, even if you know it’s the only prudent course. Mediocrity is no fun, but there’s some...
Muscala agrees to two-year deal with Hawks (updated)

Muscala agrees to two-year deal with Hawks (updated)

Moose is back. Mike Muscala agreed Friday to a two-year, $10 million contract to remain with the Hawks, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Hawks have not announced the deal. The forward/center was an unrestricted free agent after spending his first four seasons with the Hawks. The new deal includes a player option in the second year, giving Muscala an opportunity to re-enter unrestricted...
Hawks announce summer league roster

Hawks announce summer league roster

The Hawks will bring a roster of 16 players for their entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins today. Here is the roster announced by the team: DEANDRE BEMBRY No.: 95 Position: F Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 School/Country: St. Joseph’s Experience: 1 NATE BRITT No.: 0 Position: G Height: 6-1 Weight: 175 School/Country: North Carolina Experience: R TYLER CAVANAUGH No.: 50 Position: F Height...
Lesson learned for Collins: Fewer fouls, more impact

Lesson learned for Collins: Fewer fouls, more impact

John Collins fouled too much. As well as the big man played during his freshman season at Wake Forest, he had trouble staying on the floor. That was a problem. Collins made significant strides to remain on the floor during his sophomore season, and that was a major reason he averaged nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game and found himself ready for the NBA draft. Lesson learned. The Hawks selected...
There’s no way the Hawks match the Knicks’ crazy offer to Hardaway Jr.

There’s no way the Hawks match the Knicks’ crazy offer to Hardaway Jr.

“I can’t believe I got that much, either.” (Curtis Compton/AJC) Travis Schlenk wants his Atlanta Hawks to have No Bad Contracts. Those same Hawks must decide whether to agree to a Really Bad Contract. The Knicks — need we say another word? — are willing to pay Tim Hardaway Jr., sometime starter, $71 million over four years. Hardaway, no fool, accepted...
Hardaway: To match or not to match?

Hardaway: To match or not to match?

Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Atlanta Hawks lays in a basket against the Chicago Bulls at Philips Arena on November 9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Let’s keep this simple as a board a flight to Las Vegas for the summer league. Late Thursday night, Tim Hardaway Jr. signed a four-year, $71 million offer sheet with the Knicks as a restricted free agent...
Hardaway Jr. signs offer sheet from Knicks

Hardaway Jr. signs offer sheet from Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr. has his offer. It could be a return to where he started his professional career. The Hawks restricted free agent signed a four-year, $71 million offer sheet from the Knicks, a deal that will play the shooting guard about $17.75 million a season. The Hawks and Hardaway’s agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the offer sheet was signed late Thursday night. The Hawks have 48 hours to...
Report: Hawks’ Hardaway Jr. signs offer sheet with Knicks

Report: Hawks’ Hardaway Jr. signs offer sheet with Knicks

Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. , a restricted free agent, has signed a four-year, $71 million offer sheet with the New York Knicks, ESPN reported. The Hawks will have 48 hours to match the offer. The 25-year-old Hardaway averaged 14.5 points per game in his second season with the Hawks. The Hawks have already traded center Dwight Howard and lost free agent power forward to the Nuggets in the offseason...
Hawks’ three-team trade is official

Hawks’ three-team trade is official

The Hawks’ three-team trade that returned a first-round draft pick, Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and cash considerations was approved by the NBA and announced by the team Thursday with the end of the league’s moratorium. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported an agreement on the trade was reached Tuesday between the Hawks, Nuggets and Clippers. The first-round pick was an important...
Hawks will get look at young players, draft picks in summer league

Hawks will get look at young players, draft picks in summer league

The Hawks are rebuilding around a core of young players and draft picks and several from each category will begin play in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday. The Hawks will field a team in the 24-team tournament that includes all three of last year’s draft picks, Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry and Isaia Cordinier, as well as all three of this year’s selections in John Collins, Tyler...
Hawks name Jent as assistant coach (updated)

Hawks name Jent as assistant coach (updated)

The Hawks added Chris Jent as an assistant coach in an announcement on Friday. News of the pending hire was reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. Jent will join the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts Friday. Jent most recently served in a second stint as an assistant coach at Ohio State. He has worked as an assistant coach in the NBA for the 76ers,...
Updated roster/salary cap following trade

Updated roster/salary cap following trade

Kent Bazemore is currently the highest-paid player on the Hawks roster. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com I’m off to Las Vegas to cover the summer league on Friday and will have many reports and stories on the participants while there. Before I go, here is the updated Hawks roster with the pending three-way trade with the Nuggets and Clippers that (for now) returns Jamal...
Millsap says goodbye to Atlanta

Millsap says goodbye to Atlanta

Paul Millsap turned to social media to say goodbye to Atlanta and Hawks fans with an Instagram post on Thursday. Millsap agreed to a three-year, $90 million deal with the Nuggets earlier this week after spending four seasons with the Hawks. Millsap thanked Atlanta for helping him go from an  ‘average Joe to a 4 time All-Star.’ He  added: ‘I will always hold a special...
Plan is for Stone to play summer league with Hawks

Plan is for Stone to play summer league with Hawks

The plan is for Diamond Stone to play for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League contingent on the completion of the trade that will bring the second-year center from the Clippers, according to several people familiar with the situation. Stone is part of an agreed-upon three-team trade between the Hawks, Clippers and Nuggets. The deal cannot be finalized until the end of the NBA moratorium...
The rebuilding Atlanta Hawks and the value of draft picks

The rebuilding Atlanta Hawks and the value of draft picks

He was once a draft pick, I remind you. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) You might think this is a silly trade : Getting Jamal Crawford — great guy, still a good player — who doesn’t want to be here and will wind up being either traded or bought out, and a Round 1 pick in next year’s draft from Houston, a team that probably will win...
Hawks now with five first-round picks in next two years

Hawks now with five first-round picks in next two years

Travis Schlenk plans to rebuild the Hawks through the draft. The general manager has added to a stock of draft picks the team has accumulated recently. The Hawks likely will have three first-round draft picks next year and two the following year. That’s five first-round picks in two years, though the Hawks may not keep or make all three first-round picks next year. They also have their own second-round...
Hawks get something for Millsap as part of three-team trade

Hawks get something for Millsap as part of three-team trade

The Hawks will get something in return for Paul Millsap after all. The Hawks have agreed on a three-way trade with the Nuggets and the Clippers that will return Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, a protected first-round pick and cash, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal was worked on into the early morning hours Tuesday and agreed upon later in the day. The deal can not be announced...
Hawks’ free agency could be waiting on Hayward decision

Hawks’ free agency could be waiting on Hayward decision

The Hawks are losing - not gaining – players during free agency. The team’s front office continues to take a wait-and-see approach during the period. Meanwhile, Paul Millsap and Jose Calderon signed elsewhere, Dwight Howard and Ryan Kelly were traded and Mike Dunleavy was waived. The Hawks did sign first-round pick John Collins. The Hawks fan base remains on edge waiting for the moves...
Millsap: Hawks never made contract offer

Millsap: Hawks never made contract offer

The decision was easy. Paul Millsap was offered a big contract to play an integral role for the Nuggets, a team that long coveted the four-time All-Star power forward. He was not offered a contract to remain with the Hawks. There you have it. Millsap agreed to a three-year, $90 million contract as an unrestricted free agent by the Nuggets on Sunday. His tenure with the Hawks abruptly ended. &ldquo...
Hawks botched rebuild before it even began

Hawks botched rebuild before it even began

Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM New GM Travis Schlenk is blowing up the Hawks. It’s not his fault that the detonation leaves behind a flimsy foundation. Put that on the Tony Ressler/Mike Budenholzer/Wes Wilcox triumvirate that managed to get nothing at all in return for the two best players of the recent Hawks...
With Millsap gone, the Hawks are tanking. It’s a crowded tank

With Millsap gone, the Hawks are tanking. It’s a crowded tank

The team he’s leaving has thrown in the towel. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Paul Millsap will sign with the Nuggets , which means the Hawks are in tank mode. Being the Hawks, they might have botched even that. Of the eight NBA East teams that qualified for postseason play, three have seen their best player exit to a Western outpost: Millsap to Denver...
What happened to the 60-win Hawks? Starters left for $342 million

What happened to the 60-win Hawks? Starters left for $342 million

It was going to be hard to keep the band together. The Hawks won 60 games on the way to a berth in the Eastern Conference finals during the 2014-15 season. The entire starting five of Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Al Horford were named the NBA’s Player of the Month for January as the team did not lose a game. All but Carroll were named All-Stars. They are no more...
Work to do with Hawks roster after loss to Millsap

Work to do with Hawks roster after loss to Millsap

Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap gets five from Taurean Prince after drawing a foul from the Wizards in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk may not like the connotations associated with the word ‘rebuild’ but that appears the most appropriate...
Millsap departs for three-year, $90 million deal with Nuggets

Millsap departs for three-year, $90 million deal with Nuggets

Now, Paul Millsap has left the building. For the second straight year, the Hawks lost a four-time all-star and got nothing in return. Millsap agreed to a three-year $90 million contract with the Nuggets as an unrestricted free agent late Sunday to end the four-year tenure of the power forward with the Hawks. The deal includes a team option for the final year. News of the agreement was first reported...
Sykes, Clarendon lead Dream to 81-72 win over Liberty

Sykes, Clarendon lead Dream to 81-72 win over Liberty

With the help of a 47-point first half, the Atlanta Dream held off multiple fourth-quarter runs from the New York Liberty in an 81-72 victory at McCamish Pavilion on Sunday. The win broke a three-game losing streak for Atlanta and brought its record to 6-7. New York fell back to .500 with the loss. “It was a very tough game for us,” coach Michael Cooper said. “It’s always hard...
As expected, Hawks quiet in opening hours of free agency (updated)

As expected, Hawks quiet in opening hours of free agency (updated)

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he would take a wait-and-see approach to free agency and that’s exactly what he did on the opening day of the NBA’s frenzied period. NBA free agency began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and the Hawks did not immediately reach an agreement with a player — including one of their own. Unrestricted free agent Paul Millsap received interest from several...
Hawks sign first-round pick Collins to rookie deal

Hawks sign first-round pick Collins to rookie deal

The Hawks signed first-round draft pick John Collins to a rookie contract Saturday. Terms were not disclosed by the team. Collins was the 19th overall pick in the NBA draft. He is eligible for between 80 and 120 percent of the slotted salaries of $1,614,100 for the first year, $1,915,900 for the second year and $2,238,800 for a third year. He would have a 54 percent increase for a fourth-year option...
Dream can’t keep up with defending champs, fall to L.A. 85-76

Dream can’t keep up with defending champs, fall to L.A. 85-76

Last week, Dream coach Michael Cooper said his team was a tough matchup for the Los Angeles Sparks. History supported his statement; Friday night’s result did not. The Sparks used a 16-2 second quarter run to push ahead of the Dream, and hang on to win 85-76 at McCamish Pavilion. It was Atlanta’s second straight loss of the homestand after suffering through a 1-4 road trip. “I was...
Hawks waive Mike Dunleavy

Hawks waive Mike Dunleavy

The Hawks waived Mike Dunleavy Jr. on Friday, and the guard will become a free agent this summer. Dunleavy had a partially guaranteed season remaining on his contract with the Hawks that was worth $5,175,000. The deal is guaranteed for $1.6 million, but would have become fully guaranteed Saturday, the start of the NBA free-agency period. The Hawks acquired Dunleavy as part of the Kyle Korver trade...
Will there be room for basketball in renovated Philips Arena?

Will there be room for basketball in renovated Philips Arena?

The computer’s idea of what the new four-chair barbershop at Philips Arena will look like. (Hawks Photo) Let’s say I go in for a haircut. Granted, that is increasingly unnecessary, but stay with me here. All I want is a good haircut. Oh, look, there’s a basketball game going on just outside the barbershop. And what a terrific game. High energy, competitive on both ends...
Report: Paul Millsap to meet with Suns Sunday

Report: Paul Millsap to meet with Suns Sunday

 Hawks forward Paul Millsap, an unrestricted free agent, will meet with the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station, reported. The official start of the NBA free agency period begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.  The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore reported that the Hawks are still interested in keeping Millsap, but the team is unlikely to make any...
Indications are Dunleavy will be free agent this summer

Indications are Dunleavy will be free agent this summer

Indications are that Mike Dunleavy Jr. will be waived and the guard will become a free agent this summer, according to a person familiar with the situation. Dunleavy has a partially guaranteed season remaining on his contract with the Hawks worth $5,175,000. The deal is guaranteed for $1.6 million, but becomes fully guaranteed Saturday, the start of the NBA free-agency period. The Hawks acquired Dunleavy...
Collins’ mother gave her son the world - and more

Collins’ mother gave her son the world - and more

Lyria Collins gave her son the world. Military travel took the family to places such as Gaum and Turkey. When her career was over, a permanent address in Florida gave John Collins the chance to pursue his dream to become a professional basketball player. Thanks, Mom. The Hawks chose Collins with the 19th pick in last week’s NBA Draft. The forward from Wake Forest was available to a team that...
Schlenk doesn’t like the word rebuild

Schlenk doesn’t like the word rebuild

New Hawks GM Travis Schlenk speaks as Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler looks during the press conference to officially introduce him at Philips Arena on Friday, June 2, 2017.
Don’t look for Hawks to make quick move in free agency

Don’t look for Hawks to make quick move in free agency

Don’t look for the Hawks to make an immediate free agent splash. When the clock turns to 12:01 a.m. on Saturday — the official start of the NBA free agency period — the Hawks are unlikely to make a big move, according to general manager Travis Schlenk. Schlenk said the team will take a wait-and-see approach to filling out the roster. While the priorities remain Paul Millsap and Tim...
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