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A sign of the times: The Hawks trade for Carmelo - to dump him

The Atlanta Hawks are trading for Camelo Anthony– so they can cut him. This tells us all we need to know about Anthony, once a big deal, and the Hawks, who are systematically removing every trace of the Danny Ferry/Mike Budenholzer years, not that many remained. (The move was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Esteemed colleague Chris Vivlamore reports that the transaction...


It’s time for Kent Bazemore’s renowned UNO tournament

It’s time for Kent Bazemore’s renowned UNO tournament

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. Among those expected to attend the weekend events are the Hawks’ John Collins, the...
What does enigmatic LSU have for Bulldogs and rest of SEC this season?

What does enigmatic LSU have for Bulldogs and rest of SEC this season?

Like the summer weather in Atlanta and a stock broker’s mood, LSU defies prediction. The Tigers are the roulette wheel of the SEC, the tumbling dice, the game of chance.   This is of particular interest/concern around certain parts of Georgia on those rare years that the Bulldogs have a date with the great unknown of the SEC West. Like this year, Oct. 13 to be precise, at its stadium...
Hawks to play two exhibition games at McCamish Pavilion

Hawks to play two exhibition games at McCamish Pavilion

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. 7 at Thunder...
Hawks add ‘high-character’ Jeremy Lin, continue to seek trades for Dennis Schroder 

Hawks add ‘high-character’ Jeremy Lin, continue to seek trades for Dennis Schroder 

The Hawks executed a trade last week in which they acquired point guard Jeremy Lin from the Nets. As part of the deal the Hawks also received a second-round draft pick in 2025 and the chance to get a better second-round pick in 2020, but Lin is the centerpiece.  Lin has played 37 games over the past two seasons and will count about $14 million against the Hawks’ salary...
Five things learned from Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League

Five things learned from Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League

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. The competition is certainly...
New look Kaba helps Hawks win summer league finale

New look Kaba helps Hawks win summer league finale

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. Kaba had 14 points, 15 rebounds and four...
Spellman leads Hawks in summer league loss to Trail Blazers

Spellman leads Hawks in summer league loss to Trail Blazers

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. Antonius Cleveland...
Hawks acquire Jeremy Lin in trade with Nets

Hawks acquire Jeremy Lin in trade with Nets

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. The trade for Lin is the latest signal that incumbent...
Young, Collins out as Hawks get summer league rematch with Trail Blazers

Young, Collins out as Hawks get summer league rematch with Trail Blazers

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. The Hawks were also without Tyler Dorsey (right groin tightness)...
Schlenk: Hawks’ ‘free agency is going to be trades’

Schlenk: Hawks’ ‘free agency is going to be trades’

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. What was the concern level with Trae Young got off to a slow start?...
Hawks face Pacers to open tournament portion of Las Vegas Summer League

Hawks face Pacers to open tournament portion of Las Vegas Summer League

The Hawks will play the Pacers in the opening game of the tournament portion of the Las Vegas Summer League. The game will be Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and air on NBA TV. The Hawks ended the three-game preliminary portion of the league with a 1-2 record, the lone victory coming Tuesday against the Bulls. The Pacers were also 1-2 in the preliminary round. If the Hawks win, they would play the Trail...
Young ‘speaking facts’ as shot re-emerged in Hawks summer league win

Young ‘speaking facts’ as shot re-emerged in Hawks summer league win

Speaking facts. Trae Young is breaking out of the shooting woes that monopolized the conversation following the start of the point guard’s career with the Hawks. A quick recap: In his first three summer league games, Young went 12 of 52 (.231) from the field, including 3 of 24 (.125) from 3-point range, in the Utah Jazz Summer League. The Hawks moved to the Las Vegas Summer League this weekend...
Young in; Collins, Dorsey out for Hawks in summer league

Young in; Collins, Dorsey out for Hawks in summer league

Trae Young is in. John Collins and Tyler Dorsey are out. Young will start against the Bulls in Tuesday’s final preliminary round game of the Las Vegas Summer League. The No. 5 overall pick in the draft was limited to just the first half of Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers because of a right quad contusion. Young took a knee during the opening game of the event against the Knicks...
Hawks make another hire from Warriors

Hawks make another hire from Warriors

The Hawks have – again – taken a key piece from the Warriors. Chelsea Lane is taking a position of Executive Director of Athletic Performance and Sports Medicine with the Hawks, according to a person familiar with the situation. The team has not announced the move, which was first reported by The Athletic. Lane spent the past three seasons as the Warriors’ head of Physical Performance...
Time to find out if Hawks’ gamble on Cleveland pays off

Time to find out if Hawks’ gamble on Cleveland pays off

The Hawks took a gamble on Antonius Cleveland.  Now it’s time to see if it paid off. Cleveland signed two 10-day contracts with the Hawks late last season even though he could not play while recovering from surgery on his left ankle. Following the expiration of the second 10-day contract, the Hawks signed the guard to a non-guaranteed multi-year contract. At the time, the Hawks thought...
It’s all good, Dorsey getting rebounds too

It’s all good, Dorsey getting rebounds too

Tyler Dorsey, not John Collins, had the points-rebounds double-double in a Hawks summer league game Saturday. The guard got the better of the power forward on the boards. Dorsey had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Collins had 30 points and eight rebounds in a loss to the Knicks. It’s all good, though. “I was messing him,” Collins said. “I had 30 and eight. All I needed was two...
Collins likely done with summer league

Collins likely done with summer league

John Collins’ summer is likely over. From all indications, the Hawks power forward can turn his uniform in after fine summer leagues in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.  Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said on an in-game television broadcast that Collins was about to be finished playing during the team’s Las Vegas Summer League game against the Trail Blazers on Sunday. In two games in Las Vegas...
Updated: Young leaves Hawks’ summer league loss with quad contusion

Updated: Young leaves Hawks’ summer league loss with quad contusion

The losses are mounting. Relax, it’s not that bad. The Hawks lost Trae Young and Tyler Dorsey to minor injuries and John Collins is about to be shut down from summer league after dominating play. Oh, and they are 0-5 between play in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. You know, those games that don’t count. Young played one half before being sidelined with a right quad contusion in a Las Vegas...
Former Hawk John Jenkins getting another shot at NBA

Former Hawk John Jenkins getting another shot at NBA

John Jenkins believes he is an NBA player. The former Hawks first-round draft pick has another chance to get back to the league after his early career path was derailed by injury. Jenkins, a shooting guard, is playing in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Trail Blazers six years after he was the No. 23 overall pick in 2012. Jenkins started and scored eight points, on 4 of 6 shooting, in the Trail...
Building chemistry: Hawks’ Collins puts up 30 points

Building chemistry: Hawks’ Collins puts up 30 points

Just one look. John Collins isn’t ready to make comparisons to some of the great point guard-power forward combinations in NBA history. However, there is chemistry building between Trae Young and Collins. Take a play early in a Las Vegas Summer League game between the Hawks and Knicks as an example. Young faced a double-team from the Knicks in a pick-and-roll with Collins. The rookie point guard...
Updated: Young better, but Hawks lose to Knicks

Updated: Young better, but Hawks lose to Knicks

Trae Young was hoping a change of scenery would help his shooting woes. It did. The play-making ability of Young, however, hasn’t gone away. Young went 4 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 9 from 3-point range, for 21 points as the Hawks lost to the Knicks, 91-89, in their opening game of the Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday. Young added 11 assists for a double-double in his best game of...
Hawks open Las Vegas Summer League

Hawks open Las Vegas Summer League

The Hawks open the Las Vegas Summer League against the Knicks on Saturday. The game will be played at 5:30 p.m. and televised by ESPN. The Hawks are coming off an 0-3 record in the recently completed Utah Jazz Summer League. Trae Young, Tyler Dorsey, Jaylen Morris, John Collins and Jock Landale will start for the Hawks in the first of three preliminary-round games. Return for a full game report.
Porter Jr. has message about Trae  Young’s shooting woes

Porter Jr. has message about Trae  Young’s shooting woes

The shooting woes of Trae Young have been well documented in the first three summer league games of his professional career. The Hawks’ first-round draft selection got some support from a fellow draftee on Friday. Michael Porter Jr. posted a message on social media warning those critical of Young’s miserable start. Porter posted a video and said: “Hey, I want to say to all you all...
We know who the 2019 NBA champ will be. That’s a problem

We know who the 2019 NBA champ will be. That’s a problem

It says something about the NBA, and surely nothing good, that its most fascinating month is July, when no actual games are played. (We won’t count those summer scrimmages out West, where a mild scuffle between Hawks rookie Trae Young and the egregious Grayson Allen passes for “news.”) If you track pro hoops, you already know all need to know until … well, next July. July...
Hawks’ Trae Young scuffles with Grayson Allen in summer league game

Hawks’ Trae Young scuffles with Grayson Allen in summer league game

Hawks guard Trae Young and Jazz rookie Grayson Allen got into a brief shoving match during a summer league game on Thursday night.  During the third quarter Allen reached in as Young ripped the ball through from right to left. Allen grabbed Young’s arm as the Hawks point guard attempted to shoot the ball and earn free throws. Young took exception to the physical play and shoved Allen in...
Tyler Dorsey enjoying summer grind before second season: ‘I can’t stay out of the gym’

Tyler Dorsey enjoying summer grind before second season: ‘I can’t stay out of the gym’

Hawks guard Tyler Dorsey finished his rookie season on a high note. Soon after, Dorsey was at the team’s practice facility for near-daily work on the weaknesses that prevented his first NBA season from being better overall.  “Every aspect: my finishing (at the basket), spot-up 3’s, off the dribble 3’s, pull-ups,” Dorsey said. “I’m just a worker. I can&rsquo...
Social media reacts to Trae Young’s summer league debut

Social media reacts to Trae Young’s summer league debut

Trae Young’s Hawks career may only be two summer league games in, but that hasn’t stopped people from voicing their critiques. Young may well go down as the most scrutinized Hawks draft pick in recent history, given the position he was taken and the prospect he was traded for. Two summer league games in, that already seems apparent. Unfortunately for Young, his shot started to falter after...
Trae Young isn’t making shots, but he’s making good plays

Trae Young isn’t making shots, but he’s making good plays

It can be difficult to evaluate NBA summer-league games because they are like real NBA games only superficially. But shooting is shooting, and Trae Young has shot poorly from the field in his first two games.  Some of the reaction to Young’s subpar shooting was predictably over-the-top. Young’s high profile, and the bold trade made by general manager Travis Schlenk to acquire him...
After another slow start, Hawks rookie Trae Young finishes with flourish

After another slow start, Hawks rookie Trae Young finishes with flourish

Hawks rookie Trae Young missed his first 10 shots during his summer league debut Monday. It looked like it would be another nightmarish shooting night for Young when he missed his first five field-goal attempts against the Spurs on Tuesday.  But Young found his groove in the second half against the Spurs by getting to the basket for scores and setting up his teammates with good looks. Young scored...
New York Knicks sign Morehouse’s Walker to NBA summer league team

New York Knicks sign Morehouse’s Walker to NBA summer league team

Click through Morehouse College’s athletics website and you might stumble across the bio of Tyrius Walker. A recent graduate of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta, Walker was a basketball star there, averaging 22.8 points per-game and earning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year award. His bio says that his “immediate plans&rdquo...
Collins was good ‘roll’ man as rookie, but Pierce wants more ‘pop’

Collins was good ‘roll’ man as rookie, but Pierce wants more ‘pop’

Hawks center John Collins was one of the better rookies in the NBA last season in large part because he attacked the rim with his superlative athletic ability. Collins will have to diversify his game on offense if he is to become more than just a relentless rim runner.  With that in mind, new Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce is telling Collins to “pop” more in his second season after his...
Hawks rookie Omari Spellman learning to focus ‘energy and intensity’ in right direction

Hawks rookie Omari Spellman learning to focus ‘energy and intensity’ in right direction

NBA summer league games are informal and unofficial, but it was hard to tell by watching Hawks rookie Omari Spellman during his debut Monday night.  Spellman pumped a fist and screamed after making his first 3-pointer. Later, point guard Trae Young attempted to calm Spellman when he appeared angry while walking back to the huddle following a poor defensive sequence. Afterward, Spellman seemed...
Hawks rookie Trae Young shrugs off rough debut: ‘This is just the first one’

Hawks rookie Trae Young shrugs off rough debut: ‘This is just the first one’

There will be no official record of Trae Young’s debut in the Utah Jazz Summer League. Young will be judged by his play next season, when the stakes are higher. Summer games are tune-ups for the real thing But the optics of Young’s first game as a pro were not good.  Young’s first two (unofficial) shots as an NBA player were 3-point tries that failed to hit the rim or the backboard...
Hawks at summer league: Five things to watch

Hawks at summer league: Five things to watch

The Hawks open play in the Utah Jazz Summer League tonight at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Their summer roster features two of their three first-round picks in the draft last month, four players who were Hawks rookies in 2017-18 and 10 players looking to win roster spots.  Here are five things to watch for the Hawks at summer league:  The Hawks acquired point guard Trae Young by trading the...
Social media reaction to LeBron’s move to LA

Social media reaction to LeBron’s move to LA

When it was revealed that NBA superstar LeBron James was headed west to play for the Lakers next season, social media reached a fever pitch - everything from congratulations to sarcasm and everything in between. For the second time in his career, James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers, this time departing for one of the NBA’s most popular and successful franchises. The move will likely...
The NBA’s tectonic shift: LeBron takes his talents westward

The NBA’s tectonic shift: LeBron takes his talents westward

The NBA East just became a lesser place, which is good if you’re based therein. (The Atlanta Hawks are, not that it’ll matter for the next few years.) Not since 2010 has a team not employing LeBron James won the Eastern Conference. That will change next year. The great man has chosen to – cue the Pet Shop Boys – go west.  When LeBron lifts a finger, the NBA breaks...
Hawks sign Jaylen Adams to two-way contract

Hawks sign Jaylen Adams to two-way contract

The Hawks signed point guard Jaylen Adams to a two-way contract for 2018-19, the team announced Sunday. Adams, 22, was  not selected in the NBA draft after playing four seasons at St. Bonaventure. He was voted co-player of the year in the Atlantic 10 as a senior, when he averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 assists per game. As a two-way player Adams is eligible to spend up to 45 days with the Hawks...
Hawks sign draft picks Young, Huerter, Spellman

Hawks sign draft picks Young, Huerter, Spellman

Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman signed their Hawks contracts on Sunday.  As first-round picks the players’ contract terms and salaries are dictated by the rookie scale. They received two-year guaranteed contracts with team options for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. The Hawks signed all three players for 120 percent of the rookie scale, the maximum allowable, according to...
‘Excited energy’ for Hawks in advance of summer league

‘Excited energy’ for Hawks in advance of summer league

At some point the youthful Hawks will exasperate new coach Lloyd Pierce. His young players will make mistakes because of inexperience and inconsistency, and their growing pains will lead to lots of losses.  But that time is not now.  It’s summer in the NBA, when incoming rookies and second-year players take center stage on the courts. This is a time when youthful exuberance is an asset...
Hawks forward Bembry to miss summer league

Hawks forward Bembry to miss summer league

Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry won’t participate in the team’s summer league games over the next two weeks as he recovers from April surgery to repair a fractured right wrist.  Bembry said he’d hoped to play with the Hawks in the Utah or Las Vegas leagues, but hasn’t been medically cleared to do so. He said he plans to be ready for training camp.  Bembry participated...
Hawks to play ‘waiting game’ in NBA free agent market

Hawks to play ‘waiting game’ in NBA free agent market

The Hawks will have roughly $20 million in space under the salary cap when the NBA free-agency period officially begins Sunday, but don’t look for them to seek out the top players on the market.  Instead, Travis Schlenk’s second summer as Hawks general manager likely will look much like his first.  The Hawks will prioritize using the cap space to trade for expensive and...
Hawks allow Delaney, Magette and Lee to become unrestricted free agents

Hawks allow Delaney, Magette and Lee to become unrestricted free agents

The Hawks will not extend qualifying offers to forward Damion Lee or guards Malcolm Delaney and Josh Magette, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s decisions. As a result, all three players will become unrestricted free agents.  By extending a qualifying offer, the Hawks could retain the right to match any offer sheets those players singed as restricted free agents. The players...
Hawks’ Kevin Huerter impresses, even with hand injury

Hawks’ Kevin Huerter impresses, even with hand injury

Shooters shoot. For Kevin Huerter, the basketball adage applies even with a torn hand ligament. The guard played much of his sophomore season at Maryland with an undiagnosed torn ligament between his ring and pinkie fingers on this right hand. The injury remained while Huerter tested the NBA draft waters through the scouting combine and team workouts. That was until the day Huerter took one final...
Plan for Young at summer league: ‘Allow him to be Trae’

Plan for Young at summer league: ‘Allow him to be Trae’

New Hawks point guard Trae Young has a lot to work on before his rookie season.  Young needs to get stronger. His defense needs a lot of work. The suspect shot selection Young showed late last season for Oklahoma isn’t likely to go over well with his Hawks teammates and coach Lloyd Pierce.  But Pierce said his philosophy is to wait until later to address Young’s shortcomings...
Hawks GM Schlenk drafts ‘dribble, pass, shoot’ players but says Warriors not really on his mind

Hawks GM Schlenk drafts ‘dribble, pass, shoot’ players but says Warriors not really on his mind

Outside observers saw the players Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk chose in the draft last week and figured he was trying to build a team in the image of the Warriors, the franchise that he once served as a top basketball executive.  Point guard Trae Young, acquired by the Hawks in a trade with the No. 3 pick, would be Steph Curry: smallish point guard with seemingly unlimited shooting range...
Hawks coach says Dennis Schroder on board to be ‘role model’ for Trae Young

Hawks coach says Dennis Schroder on board to be ‘role model’ for Trae Young

Trae Young comes to the Hawks with the expectation that he will develop into a star NBA point guard. The Hawks already have an established point guard, Dennis Schroder, and the incumbent expressed a desire for a trade even before the team acquired Young in the draft last week.  Managing that dynamic will be one of first-year coach Lloyd Pierce’s tasks. He said that after talking with Schroder...
Hawks’ Mike Muscala exercises contract option for 2018-19

Hawks’ Mike Muscala exercises contract option for 2018-19

Hawks forward/center Mike Muscala exercised his $5 million contract option for the 2018-19 season, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.  Musacala exercised his one-year contract option days after Dewayne Dedmon did the same, ensuring the Hawks can return two veteran rotation players in front court. That group projects to include second-year pro John Collins and Omari Spellman...
Why Hawks GM Schlenk made bold move to take Trae Young over Luka Doncic

Why Hawks GM Schlenk made bold move to take Trae Young over Luka Doncic

Soon after the Hawks acquired Trae Young in the draft, general manager Travis Schlenk said the team was most drawn to Young’s ability to make teammates better through his passing and court vision. Later, addressing Young’s small size by NBA standards, Schlenk joked that “it would be great if Trae grew six inches by the time he gets here Monday.”  Hanging over his words...
Hawks complete roster for NBA summer league

Hawks complete roster for NBA summer league

The Hawks received commitments from five players to join their 14-man roster for NBA summer league play next month: guards Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), Junior Robinson (Mt. St. Mary’s) and Brandon Sampson (LSU) and forwards Zach Smith (Texas Tech) and Zach LeDay.  Adams, Robinson, Sampson and Smith were eligible for the draft Thursday, but were not selected. LeDay played last season...
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