Lin progressing; Pierce won’t name starting point guard
Dedmon, Anderson not cleared for Hawks training camp
Photos: Hawks’ arena gets a facelift
Morehouse hires former NBA lottery pick, UGA star as assistant coach
The Hawks will bring a maximum 20 players to training camp next week. The team signed free-agent center Cole Aldrich to a training camp deal on Tuesday for the final spot. The roster consists of 15 players under guaranteed contracts along with two-way players Alex Poythress and Jaylen Adams. R.J. Hunter and Thomas Robinson previously agreed to training camp deals to round out the group.
After getting waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobi Simmons didn’t spend too much time on the NBA’s free agent market. Two weeks later, the Alpharetta native has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic. Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Cavs signing Simmons is “likely.
The Atlanta Hawks are holding upcoming job interviews to fill about 500 jobs at the all-new State Farm Arena. The venue will continue its hiring in areas including guest experience, security, retail, custodial and food services. Interviews with interested applicants, who must first pre-register online, will be held on Sunday and Monday at the Georgia Aquarium.
Keep your eyes on the court in 2018. Not the ball, the shoes. The NBA has relaxed its sneaker policy for the upcoming season, allowing players to wear shoes of any color for all games. Players had been required to don shoes with black, white or team colors.
Former Georgia State basketball star R.J. Hunter will return to town with a chance to continue his hoops career. The Hawks announced Friday the signing of Hunter, who helped carry the Panthers to an upset victory against Baylor in the 2015 NCAA tournament. Hunter played for his dad, Ron Hunter, and twice was chosen Sun Belt player of the year. He also is GSU’s all-time leading scorer.
During Thursday night football, Drew went up early on Lovejoy 14-6 entering the half. The Titans managed to keep the lead for the majority of the third, scoring 18 more points, but the Wildcats mounted a comeback and took a 34-32 lead. They shutout Drew for the rest of the game to claim a 44-32 victory and get their second win of the season.
Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon suffered a left ankle injury, determined to be an avulsion fracture after medical tests including an X-ray and MRI exam. The injury, which occurred during a workout on Aug. 27, is not considered serious. Dedmon will wear a walking boot and be re-evaluated in a week, according to the team.
I thought the Hawks and State Farm reached an agreement on naming rights for the team’s arena. I was mistaken. What really happened is the basketball team and the insurance company reached an agreement to transform the city of Atlanta. Seriously, that’s what they said.
Social media reaction was fast and swift Wednesday following the news that the Hawks and State Farm reached a naming rights agreement for Philips Arena. The deal will be for 20 years for the facility, which will be named State Farm Arena. Read more on the story here.
Construction of a new $213.5 million downtown arena for the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers began in July 1997. Philips Arena acquired its name before opening in 1999. The arena has since undergone a number of changes, including a new name for the 2018 season.
The Hawks and State Farm have reached an agreement on new naming rights for Philips Arena.
Who would win in a basketball game between Atlanta cops and retired Hawks players? We’re about to find out. The Atlanta Police Department will host the city’s first Peace Games on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center. The free and public game will be played at 11:30 a.m.
There is no No. 15 controversy for the Hawks. Vince Carter will wear the uniform number after he signed a one-year contract with the team on Friday. The free-agent deal was agreed upon last month and the veteran is scheduled to play a record-tying 21st NBA season. The number was last worn by Al Horford. The franchise staple spent nine seasons with the Hawks after he was the No.
The Hawks had a specific criteria for the player who would be the final piece of a young, rebuilding roster. They went old school to get him. The Hawks agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.4 million contract with Vince Carter last month. On Friday, they officially signed the veteran who will enter is 21st season in the NBA. The 41-year old will take the last roster spot.
Tonight, in Georgia High School sports, volleyball and softball games were underway throughout the state along with several football games. The Hardaway Hawks football squad saw a lucrative display of offense, putting up 49 points against Kendrick while their defense held strong to shut out the Cherokee offense.
Game recognizes game. And Kent Bazemore is a major fan of the Atlanta Dream. The Atlanta Hawks guard wants more people to see the city’s impressive WNBA team. So, through his ARMS Foundation, Bazemore bought 300 tickets for youth in metro Atlanta for the Dream’s playoff game on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion.
Alex Poythress knows Lloyd Pierce. So when the player took a phone call from the new Hawks head coach, there was no need to mince words. “He gave me some real facts,” said Poythress, the forward who officially signed a two-way contract with the Hawks this week. “What to expect. What your role would be. No (b.s.).
Daniel Hamilton got a message immediately after news broke that he agreed to a one-year deal with the Hawks last month. Tyler Dorsey welcomed his former AAU and high school teammate to Atlanta. The message: “This is a great organization,” said Dorsey, a second-round pick of the Hawks last year. “This will be fun.” Hamilton, 23, signed his guaranteed deal on Monday.
As you approach the long exit escalator at the Georgia Dome MARTA station on an Atlanta United game night, you’ll hear “A-T-L!” echo from a sea of black-and-red-wearing fans. The chant has become a signature of the fans of the MLS soccer team since the first game in March 2017.
The Hawks made two roster moves official with Daniel Hamilton and Alex Poythress signing previously agreed upon contracts on Monday. Vince Carter is the final player with a contract agreement with the Hawks that remains unsigned. The veteran is expected to sign later this week. Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, agreed to a one-year deal.
It’s been a summer of new experience for John Collins – on and off the basketball court. The young Hawks star recently returned from trips to South Africa and London with the NBA. The center/forward, who grew up traveling the world, got once-in-a-lifetime opportunities abroad. He worked with young basketball players in Africa, with time for an encounter with elephants and monkeys.
The Hawks billed it as a “season preview” but I didn’t hear much about the 2018-19 basketball season. Instead, the event was mostly about the newly renovated Philips Arena. More than once CEO Steve Koonin said the team wants fans to show up early for games and stay late to enjoy the arena’s amenities.
Trae Young got the message. Loudly and clearly. Consider what the Hawks did in 28 days this summer at the point guard position: June 21: Acquired Young, the No. 5 overall pick, in the NBA draft. July 13: Agreed to a trade with the Nets for veteran Jeremy Lin. July 19: Agreed to a three-team trade to send two-year starter Dennis Schroder to the Thunder.
The Hawks unveiled a new look, one that pays homage to their beginnings in Atlanta, as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary in the city. The Hawks will wear a throwback uniform for several games in the coming season that were modeled after those from 1968, when the franchise moved from St. Louis.
The Hawks unveiled plans Wednesday night for how they’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s arrival in Atlanta. But principal owner Tony Ressler drew the biggest ovation of the night when he noted the need to correct a failing of the team’s first half-century here.
NBA expansion is coming to Atlanta. The Hawks will be one of four franchises added to the NBA 2K League by joining the esport next year for its second season. The Hawks, Nets, Lakers and Timberwolves will bring the total to 21 of the 30 NBA franchises to participate in the joint venture with Take-Two Interactive as a professional league playing the NBA 2K video game.
As work continues on the makeover of Philips Arena, the Hawks announced Monday that several of the building’s new premium spaces are sold out for the 2018-19 season. The $192.5 million renovation of the arena is scheduled for completion in mid-October. The Hawks will start the season with three road games before returning to Philips for their home opener Oct.
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An aunt-niece duo won Kent Bazemore’s third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night to benefit his ARMS Foundation. After several rounds of UNO, Jessica Woghiren and her 8-year-old niece, Success Lawani, were victorious.
The Hawks open the 2018-19 season with three road games and then return home for their lone national television appearance. The NBA will take full advantage of draft-day drama in that first game at the renovated Philips Arena. After starting the season at the Knicks on Oct. 17, the Hawks play at the Grizzlies and the Cavaliers. The home opener will come against the Mavericks on Oct.
Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore will host his third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night in Atlanta to benefit his ARMS Foundation. The evening -- which promises to be fun, festive and filled with competitive UNO games (against dozens of competitors including professional NBA players) -- is open to the public. For tickets and more information, go to www.
The Atlanta Hawks sent Carmelo Anthony a jersey to commemorate his short time with Atlanta. Anthony spent five days as a member of the Hawks before finalizing his buyout. He was waived by the Hawks on July 30. According to Yahoo Sports NFL Insider Shams Charania, Anthony verbally agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets on Aug. 7.
The Hawks announced several changes to the team’s basketball operations staff on Thursday, including the addition of Chelsea Lane as executive director of athletic performance. As previously reported, Lane joins the Hawks from the Warriors.
For the first time since the Super 11’s inception in 1985, there are no running backs on the AJC’s list of the best high school players in the state. There are no quarterbacks, either, but that’s happened before. The state produced the two best high school quarterbacks in the country last year, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.
The Hawks won’t play on Christmas Day – again. Even before the slate of holiday games was announced, rookie Trae Young vowed it wouldn’t be long before the Hawks were a part of the NBA tradition. The first-round pick posted on social media Tuesday night with a tweet that read: “We’ll have a Christmas Day game soon … #JustWait.
It’s not just a gimmick. That’s how Jim Jackson sees the Big3 as the second season of the 3-on-3 basketball league nears its conclusion. Jackson, the former Hawks player, serves as an analyst on the Fox broadcasts.
Over the weekend the President of the United States of America took time out from his busy schedule of golfing and grifting to call LeBron James dumb on Twitter. Fortunately Donald Trump could do so without disruption to another important aspect of his job, watching cable news for hours, because he was reacting to something he saw James say on TV.
The Hawks are expected to start the 2018-19 NBA season on the road with the finishing touches being put on the extensive renovations to Philips Arena. The final of the $192.5 million three-phase major construction project at the arena, completed over two years, is said to be on time and will be ready for the NBA season.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed an attack on the state's favorite son LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation's most prominent athletes.
Ukrainian-born Alex Len isn’t necessarily a prime candidate to have grown up an Atlanta Hawks fan. But he did. “Our first Ukrainian NBA player was Alexander Volkov,” Len said Friday afternoon. “He played on the team here. So I grew up kind of watching Atlanta a little bit. It was before my time, but he was the first NBA player out here.
Ring chaser? That’s not Vince Carter. Not that the 41-year-old hasn’t had a chance in his 20-season NBA career. The eight-time All-Star, who recently agreed to a one-year contract with the Hawks, doesn’t have a problem with those players who move to a championship contender. For some, the move toward the ultimate aspiration comes late in a career.
The Carmelo Anthony in Atlanta era is over – before it began. As planned when the Hawks acquired Anthony as part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers, the forward was bought out and waived. The transaction was completed and the official announcement came Monday. Anthony was due $27.9 million on his expiring contract. He gave back $2.
Justin Anderson can skip the ‘meet the coach’ session. The newest Hawks player arrived after a trade with the 76ers, made official earlier this week, with two very familiar faces waiting on the coaching staff. The small forward played for new Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce when he was an assistant with the 76ers.
The Hawks’ John Collins will take part in the NBA Africa Game 2018, the league announced Friday. The second-year forward will be part of Team World in the game against Team World to be played on Aug. 4 in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Hawks announced their 2018 preseason schedule, a slate of five exhibitions that include two home contests at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. The Hawks will play the Pelicans on Oct. 1 to open the schedule and the Spurs on Oct. 10 as home games at Tech. Road games include at the Grizzlies, at the Thunder in Tulsa, Okla. and at the Heat.
Mike Muscala picked a bad time to take a nap. He awoke last Thursday to many missed text messages and phone calls. A day after he was part of a rumored trade from the Hawks, the only NBA team he has known, the forward/center was part of a three-team deal that has him headed to the 76ers. The trade, also involving the Thunder, was made official Wednesday.
What’s that they say about payback? When Vince Carter was playing for the Raptors as a rookie in 1998, there was an old guy in the locker room. Kevin Willis was the subject of many jokes from Carter and teammates as the 36-year-old was in his 14th NBA season. Ancient, they said.
Add the price lists at the concession stands to all the other things being rebuilt at Philips Arena. When the arena, currently closed for a massive renovation, reopens for the Hawks’ season, prices will be reduced by an average of about 50 percent on 11 popular food and beverage items, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said.
Needing a veteran in a rebuilding locker room full of young players, the Hawks will sign the NBA’s eldest statesman. The Hawks agreed to terms with Vince Carter on a one-year, $2.4 million deal, the veteran minimum, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 41-year-old Carter is entering his 21st NBA season.
Carmelo Anthony is a Hawk. Don’t go out and buy a jersey just yet. It’s only for a very short time. The Hawks completed the previously reported three-team trade, involving the Thunder and 76ers, on Wednesday. Anthony comes to the Hawks from the Thunder as part of the deal but will never play for the franchise. Anthony and his $27.
The Hawks agreed to terms with Alex Poythress on a two-way contract on Monday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Hawks have not announced the deal. The 6-foot-7 forward played last season with the Pacers. Also played for the 76ers in 2016-17 after going undrafted out of the University of Kentucky. Over the two seasons, Poythress has appeared in 31 games and averaged 2.
The Hawks did make a free-agent signing after all. The Hawks have agreed to a deal with free-agent center Alex Len, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal will be for two years and $8.5 million. The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will be fully guaranteed. The Hawks have not announced the deal.
The Hawks waived Antonius Cleveland on Saturday. Cleveland had a non-guaranteed contract worth $1.378 million. The move will help the Hawks complete the three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers agreed upon Thursday involving Dennis Schroder. Cleveland appeared in four games with the Hawks last season. The guard averaged 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes.
The Hawks wanted to collect salary cap space and draft assets as part of their on-going rebuilding effort. They have both - in abundance. Now, what they do with that collection to turn the franchise back into a contender and how fast it can be done remains to be seen. Hold on to your seats, this could still be a bumpy ride for a while.
The at-times tumultuous tenure of Dennis Schroder with the Hawks is over. In a move that has been all but certain for weeks, the Hawks parted ways with Schroder as part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Hawks waived Jaylen Morris on Thursday. The agent for the shooting guard asked for his release to pursue other opportunities after being told Morris would not be on the team’s opening day roster. The shooting guard appeared in six games for the Hawks last season. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.3 minutes.
The Hawks and Thunder had preliminary talks two weeks ago about a trade that would involve Carmelo Anthony coming to Atlanta, but those discussions were never serious. That might have changed. After the Hawks acquired point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with the Nets, taking $13.
Hawks rookie Trae Young was named to the All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League Second Team, it was announced Tuesday. Young, the No. 5 overall pick in the NBA Draft last month, appeared in four games in Las Vegas for the Hawks’ entry. He averaged 17.0 points, 6.8 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 25.8 minutes. In one game, Young played just one half after suffering a right quad contusion.
It’s UNO time. And yes, the championship belt again is up for grabs. Kent Bazemore will host his fifth annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament next month to benefit his ARMS Foundation. The Hawks guard will hold the fundraiser on Aug. 11 for the UNO tournament and Aug. 13 for the golf tournament.
The Hawks will play their two home exhibition games at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech this season. The complete exhibition schedule, which will consist of five games, has not been released. As was the case last year with ongoing renovations to Philips Arena, home preseason games will be played at Tech. Here are the three games that have been released by opponents: Oct.
The Hawks completed two summer events, competing in the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer League, with a roster comprised of first-year and rookie players. After losing all three games in Utah, the Hawks went 3-3 in Nevada before their run ended on Friday. Here are five things we learned from the team’s trip to Las Vegas. 1. Young’s OK: It’s summer league.
Alpha Kaba has a new look. The Hawks 2017 second-round pick, taken with the 60th and final selection, has reworked his body while playing in Europe last season. And it’s noticeable. “You can tell he found the weight room in France,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said of the center from the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this week.
The Hawks will conclude their appearance in the Las Vegas Summer League with a game against the Clippers Friday. The game will be played at 10:30 p.m. and air on NBA TV. The Hawks dropped into the loser’s bracket of the tournament portion of the event after a 95-69 loss to the Trail Blazers Thursday. The Hawks (2-3) got 20 points and five rebounds from rookie Omari Spellman.
The Hawks acquired point guard Jeremy Lin and a 2025 second-round draft pick from the Nets in a trade that was completed Friday. As part of the deal, the Hawks also sent the Nets a top-55 protected draft pick in 2020 (via Portland) and the rights to Isaia Cordinier and acquired the right to swap second-round draft picks with the Nets in the 2023 draft.
Update: The Hawks will play the Trail Blazers with a depleted lineup. Trae Young and John Collins were held out. Young has appeared in all six summer league games after being the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. Collins has sat out the past two games after last year’s first-round pick had solid outings in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk sat down with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution while at the Las Vegas Summer League this week. He spoke on a number of issues, including the struggles of No. 5 overall pick Trae Young and the team’s plans (or lack thereof) to build the roster in free agency ahead of the coming season. Q.