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Leadoff: Who the mock drafts say the Hawks will select tonight

Leadoff: Who the mock drafts say the Hawks will select tonight

  It’s NBA Draft day.  The draft begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Hawks have the third pick and two more picks later in the first round, Nos. 19 and 30.  Here’s a glance at how seven mock drafts we surveyed project the Hawks’ first-round selections:  > CBS Sports has the Hawks taking Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic with the third pick. Gary Parrish writes:...
Hawks center Dedmon exercises contract option for 2018-19

Hawks center Dedmon exercises contract option for 2018-19

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has exercised his contract option for next season, according to a person with knowledge of his decision. The option is worth about $7.2 million. Dedmon signed with the Hawks as a free agent last summer after opting out of a contract with the Spurs that would have paid him $3 million in 2017-18. He had a $6 million base salary with the Hawks last season and earned another...
Hawks GM Schlenk under pressure to hit on first big ‘swing of the bat’ in NBA draft

Hawks GM Schlenk under pressure to hit on first big ‘swing of the bat’ in NBA draft

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk often refers to picks in the NBA draft as “swings of the bat.” He wants as many as possible to increase his chances of hitting on a superstar talent who can help lift the Hawks to championship contention.  The Hawks are still in the early stages of executing Schlenk’s plan. But during Thursday night’s draft, Schlenk will be under more...
Dwight Howard is again getting traded, maybe for the last time

Dwight Howard is again getting traded, maybe for the last time

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Charlotte Hornets are trading Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets. This shocks ... well, no one.  If you’re keeping score, Howard will be working on his sixth organization since 2012, his fourth since 2016. The player who styled himself as Superman has become Disposable Man. It’s the same everywhere he goes: He arrives saying...
Options for Hawks with No. 19, 30, 34 picks in draft

Options for Hawks with No. 19, 30, 34 picks in draft

The Hawks have four selections in Thursday’s NBA draft with much of the attention on the first – the No. 3 overall pick. However, they will also added to the roster with two other first-round picks, Nos. 19 and 30, and a high second-round pick at No. 34. “As I’ve said in the past, certainly not scared of adding four rookies to our team next year,” Hawks general manager...
The Hawks face a blue-sky draft: Almost anything is OK

The Hawks face a blue-sky draft: Almost anything is OK

Written by Kris Kristofferson, recorded by Janis Joplin and appropriated by Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead, the song “Me and Bobby McGee” is known mostly for this line: “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” I’ve never been sure as to the accuracy of that sentiment, but it does kind of apply to the Hawks.  The tanking Hawks have pared their...
One year later, Dwight Howard traded again

One year later, Dwight Howard traded again

Dwight Howard has been traded again. The center lasted one season with the Hornets after the team agreed to trade Howard to the Nets on Wednesday. The Nets will receive center Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash in a deal that will be finalized after the July 6 NBA moratorium. ESPN first reported the trade. The move comes exactly one year after Howard, from Southwest Atlanta Christian...
Beat writers mock draft: My picks for the Hawks

Beat writers mock draft: My picks for the Hawks

The Boston Globe conducted an NBA mock draft with beat writers making first-round picks for the teams they cover. No trades allowed, so I made all three Hawks selections: Nos. 3, 19 and 30. Here are the results: The Suns believe Ayton fits as a modern-day center. — Scott Bordow, The Arizona Republic The Kings could go several ways, and Porter’s upside intrigues them. &mdash...
Hawks have eight choices with No. 3 draft pick

Hawks have eight choices with No. 3 draft pick

The Hawks essentially are on the clock in the next step of the organization’s rebuild. The franchise has four selections in Thursday’s NBA draft, including the third overall pick. The decision on whom to take with the lottery pick could change the fortunes of the franchise – for the good or bad. The last time the Hawks had the No. 3 pick was 2007, when they selected Al Horford and...
What are the realistic expectations for the player the Hawks draft at No. 3?

What are the realistic expectations for the player the Hawks draft at No. 3?

The Hawks own the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft Thursday. They hope to find a franchise player, but how realistic is it for them to do so?  To get an idea, we can look at some historical data about players selected with the No. 3 overall pick. In 2014 FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver analyzed drafts to estimate the number wins produced by players at each draft position.  Silver studied...
It’s time for Hawks to move on from Dennis Schroder

It’s time for Hawks to move on from Dennis Schroder

There are two absolutes about every major pro sports draft. One is that every team has a plan. The other is that no team builder is going to tell you his plan. When a general manager speaks publicly, he will alternate between lies and half-truths, and by half-truths I mean half-lies and half-decipherable substances, the verbal equivalent of Spam. Here are the undeniable facts about the Hawks and Thursday&rsquo...
Switchable big men available for Hawks in draft fit NBA trend

Switchable big men available for Hawks in draft fit NBA trend

The NBA’s pace-and-space offensive revolution is essentially complete, with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors as the undisputed masters of the form. Counters to the pace-and-space vary, but Golden State also might also be the best at executing a defensive strategy to slow it: switch every ball screen.  The league long ago embraced stretch bigs who can shoot 3-pointers...
Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, where could he land?

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, where could he land?

When word came out that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio, social media erupted with possible destinations. Leonard, when healthy, is one of the best players in basketball, and his move could change the complexion of talent in the NBA. Bookmaker.eu offers these odds who who’s most likely to draw Leonard’s service:  Los Angeles Lakers: 1/2  San Antonio Spurs...
Hawks draft workout report: Moritz Wagner, Michigan

Hawks draft workout report: Moritz Wagner, Michigan

My lasting image of Moritz Wagner at Michigan was watching him abuse my Louisville Cardinals in the 2017 NCAA Sweet 16. Louisville coach Rick Pitino inexplicably stuck with a switching defensive scheme even as Wagner methodically blew by every smaller defender who tried to check him on the perimeter and finished at the rim over late help.  That was one example of how Wagner was more than just...
Listen: Hawks draft talk with Peachtree Hoops

Listen: Hawks draft talk with Peachtree Hoops

I joined Brad Rowland of Peachtree Hoops for the Locked on Hawks podcast. We talked about what the Hawks may do in next week’s NBA draft, including potential trades. 
Hawks contemplate trades as NBA draft approaches 

Hawks contemplate trades as NBA draft approaches 

The Nuggets are aggressively seeking to shed salary by trading forward Kenneth Faried, and the Hawks are willing to accommodate them for the right price, according to a person with knowledge of the NBA trade market.  The Hawks would seek draft picks, young players or both as part of a deal with the Nuggets or any other team that wants to reduce payroll. The Nuggets own the No. 14 overall pick...
Anatomy of 2013 NBA Draft: Antetokounmpo was so close to being a Hawk

Anatomy of 2013 NBA Draft: Antetokounmpo was so close to being a Hawk

The Hawks gambled in the 2013 NBA Draft – and it cost them Giannis Antetokounmpo. They were close to a huge payout. Closer than most know. Antetokounmpo, a relatively unknown who blossomed into an MVP candidate, one who has transformed the Bucks organization and could have done the same for the Hawks, was snatched away. The franchise-defining moment came just two selections before the Hawks...
How long before the rebuilding Hawks are winners again?

How long before the rebuilding Hawks are winners again?

The Hawks hold four of the first 34 selections in next week’s NBA draft. Let’s say they choose well, which would mean finding an All-Star type with Pick No. 3, a starter with Pick No. 19 and two rotational players with Picks No. 30 and 34. How long would it take them to finish an NBA season above .500?  A while. And maybe a while longer than that.  The Hawks’ tanking began...
Hawks draft workout report: Marvin Bagley III, Duke

Hawks draft workout report: Marvin Bagley III, Duke

The Hawks played host to former Duke forward Marvin Bagley III for a pre-draft workout on Thursday. He could be available when the Hawks are on the clock with the No. 3 overall pick, assuming they keep it and don’t trade down.  Among front-court players in the draft, Bagley probably is the most talented and polished offensively. He’s a very skilled scorer around the basket and has...
Hawks draft workout report: Mo Bamba, Texas

Hawks draft workout report: Mo Bamba, Texas

The Hawks played host to former University of Texas forward Mohamed Bamba for a pre-draft workout on Thursday. He is likely to be available when the Hawks are on the clock with the No. 3 pick, assuming they keep it and don’t trade down.  Bamba is an elite defensive prospect in large part because of his massive wingspan: it measured 7-foot-10 last month at the draft combine, a record for...
Watch: NBA draft prospect Mo Bamba works out for Hawks

Watch: NBA draft prospect Mo Bamba works out for Hawks

The Hawks played host to former University of Texas forward Mohamed Bamba on Thursday for a pre-draft workout. He is likely to be available when the Hawks are on the clock with the No. 3 overall pick, assuming they keep it and don’t trade down.
Hawks draft workout report: Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

Hawks draft workout report: Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

The Hawks played host to former Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. on Wednesday for a pre-draft workout. He probably will be available when the Hawks are on the clock with the No. 3 pick, assuming they keep it and don’t trade down.  Jackson is an elite defensive prospect because of his length, production as a shot blocker and ability to guard smaller opponents on the perimeter. On...
Watch: Jaren Jackson Jr. works out for Hawks

Watch: Jaren Jackson Jr. works out for Hawks

The Hawks played host to former Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. on Wednesday for a pre-draft workout. Jackson probably will be available when the Hawks are on the clock with the No. 3 pick, assuming they keep it and don’t trade down. 
Hawks draft workout report: Trevon Duval, Duke

Hawks draft workout report: Trevon Duval, Duke

Trevon Duval was a consensus top-10 national recruit out of IMG Academy, either the No. 1 or No. 2 point guard in the 2017 class. He would have been top dog at nearly every NCAA program.  But Duval was fourth or fifth fiddle at Duke. He played alongside the top-ranked player in his class, Marvin Bagley III, and another future NBA lottery pick, Wendell Carter Jr. Duval shared the backcourt...
Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League opponents announced

Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League opponents announced

The Hawks will play the Knicks, Trail Blazers and Bulls in their three preliminary-round games of the Las Vegas Summer League next month. The Hawks schedule is as follows, with Eastern times and TV: > July 7: vs. Knicks, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) > July 8: vs. Trail Blazers, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2) > July 10: vs. Bulls, 6 p.m. (NBA TV) Following the preliminary-round games, all 30 NBA teams will be seeded...
Hawks draft workout report: Trae Young, Oklahoma

Hawks draft workout report: Trae Young, Oklahoma

The Hawks played host to former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young on Tuesday for a pre-draft workout. He’s likely to be available when the Hawks are on the clock with the No. 3 pick. General manager Travis Schlenk has said the Hawks are considering trading down, so Young also could be a target in that scenario.  Click here for my March report on Young from Norman, Okla., and click here...
Watch: NBA draft prospect Trae Young works out for Hawks

Watch: NBA draft prospect Trae Young works out for Hawks

Former Oklahoma star Trae Young worked out for the Hawks on Tuesday. He’s expected to be selected early in the NBA draft next week. The Hawks own the No. 3 pick. » More: Atlanta rapper wants Hawks to draft Young » Also: Hawks assistant on Trae Young
And here we go again: It’s another Summer of LeBron

And here we go again: It’s another Summer of LeBron

There are two kinds of NBA offseasons. There’s the kind with the draft and free agency and other normal stuff, and there are the Summers of LeBron. This falls under the latter heading. For the third time in eight years, the world’s best player is seriously considering upping sticks.  In 2010, he made “The Decision” to take his talents to Miami. In 2014, he low-keyed it...
Hawks draft workout report: Jerome Robinson, Boston College

Hawks draft workout report: Jerome Robinson, Boston College

Jerome Robinson was a superlative shooting guard at Boston College. As a junior last season, he was second in the ACC to Duke’s Marvin Bagley III with 20.8 points per game. Robinson’s outstanding efficiency and production included elite 3-point shooting (40.9 percent on 198 attempts), excellent shooting off the dribble and very good finishing around the basket.  That track record...
Warriors dominate Cavs, repeat as NBA champs

Warriors dominate Cavs, repeat as NBA champs

CLEVELAND — Golden State. Golden still. Stephen Curry scored 37 points, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight title and third in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again to chase championships. Overcoming...
Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Trae Young

Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Trae Young

Part of Jeff Peterson’s responsibilities as Hawks assistant general manager is to oversee the team’s scouting process. That’s a particularly important role this year as the Hawks own the No. 3 draft pick in addition to Nos. 19, 30 and 34.  I recently sat down with Peterson to get his thoughts on eight top prospects in the 2018 draft: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley...
Extreme makeover is transforming Philips Arena

Extreme makeover is transforming Philips Arena

The Hawks have long said the Philips Arena renovation would be a roofline-to-baseline transformation, and it became clear during a media tour of the building Thursday how literally they mean that.  A 90-minute walk-through revealed a thoroughly gutted interior of the arena. Seats have been removed, suites demolished, walls knocked down, concourses and seating sections reconfigured. The hard-hat...
Hawks draft workout report: De’Anthony Melton, USC

Hawks draft workout report: De’Anthony Melton, USC

The draft combine last month was De’Andre Melton’s first opportunity to show NBA decision-makers if he’d gotten better since the last time they saw him play, more than a year earlier. It also was a chance for Melton to explain the circumstances that led to him not playing college basketball in 2017-18.  “Same question in every interview: about my USC situation,”...
Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Wendell Carter

Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Wendell Carter

Part of Jeff Peterson’s responsibilities as Hawks assistant general manager is to oversee the team’s scouting process. That’s a particularly important role this year as the Hawks own the No. 3 draft pick in addition to Nos. 19, 30 and 34.  I recently sat down with Peterson to get his thoughts on eight top prospects in the 2018 draft: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley...
Warriors go up 3-0 over Cavs in NBA Finals

Warriors go up 3-0 over Cavs in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant pushed the Golden State Warriors to dynasty's doorstep. LeBron James may be at the door. Durant scored 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Golden State Warriors defeated James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their...
Hawks draft workout report: Omari Spellman, Villanova

Hawks draft workout report: Omari Spellman, Villanova

At the NBA combine last month, Villanova forward Omari Spellman said he models his game after Warriors star Draymond Green. Spellman has a long way to go to reach that level, but he can take a path like Green’s to get there.  Green grew into NBA stardom by transforming his body and his game. A pudgy post-up player in college, Green shed the excess weight when he got to the NBA. He morphed...
Five Hawks assistants join Budenholzer with Bucks

Five Hawks assistants join Budenholzer with Bucks

Mike Budenholzer got the band back together – most of it anyway. The former Hawks and new Bucks head coach will bring five of his six assistant coaches with him from Atlanta to Milwaukee.  Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins, Ben Sullivan, Patrick St. Andrews and, as previously reported, Charles Lee will join Budenholzer on his Bucks’ staff. The lone assistant not to join Budenholzer is Chris...
Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Michael Porter

Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Michael Porter

Part of Jeff Peterson’s responsibilities as Hawks assistant general manager is to oversee the team’s scouting process. That’s a particularly important role this year as the Hawks own the No. 3 draft pick in addition to Nos. 19, 30 and 34.  I recently sat down with Peterson to get his thoughts on eight top prospects in the 2018 draft: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley...
BayHawks’ Longstaff named assistant for USA Basketball

BayHawks’ Longstaff named assistant for USA Basketball

Josh Longstaff has been named an assistant coach of the USA Basketball staff, under Jeff Van Gundy, that will compete in theFIBA World Cup qualifying games. Longstaff is the head coach of the Erie BayHawks, the Hawks’ affiliate in the NBA G League. Longstaff replaces Ronald Nored, who was named an assistant coach with the Hornets. Qualifying games will be played in June, July and September....
Hawks draft workout report: Yante Maten, Georgia

Hawks draft workout report: Yante Maten, Georgia

When Yante Maten declared for the NBA draft last year, the feedback he received from scouts said he needed to improve his shooting range, his scoring and defense in the post and his rebounding. So Maten returned to Georgia and did all of those during a standout senior season that culminated with him being voted SEC player of the year by the Associated Press.  That should be enough to get him...
Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Mohamed Bamba

Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Mohamed Bamba

Part of Jeff Peterson’s responsibilities as Hawks assistant general manager is to oversee the team’s scouting process. That’s a particularly important role this year as the Hawks own the No. 3 draft pick in addition to Nos. 19, 30 and 34.  I recently sat down with Peterson to get his thoughts on eight top prospects in the 2018 draft: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley...
Trae Young says he’ll work out for Hawks prior to NBA draft

Trae Young says he’ll work out for Hawks prior to NBA draft

Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young told reporters in New York on Tuesday that that the Hawks are one of four teams he will work out for before the NBA draft.  Young was in Westchester County to work out for the Knicks. Young said he also would work out for the Magic and Bulls.  Among those four teams, the Hawks own the highest pick at No. 3 overall pick. The Magic have the No. 6 pick...
Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce completes staff with hire of Nate Babcock

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce completes staff with hire of Nate Babcock

Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said he’s completed his staff by adding Nate Babcock as a special assistant.  Babcock previously was an assistant coach for Erie of the G League, before that team became a Hawks affiliate. Pierce said player development will be Babcock’s primary responsibility with the Hawks. Babcock is the nephew of former Hawks general manager Pete Babcock. Pierce&rsquo...
Hawks add Greg Foster, Matt Hill to coaching staff

Hawks add Greg Foster, Matt Hill to coaching staff

The Hawks have added assistants Greg Foster and Matt Hill to new coach Lloyd Pierce’s coaching staff.  Foster joins the Hawks after four seasons as a Bucks assistant. He was a player development coach with the 76ers in 2013-14. Foster played for 13 seasons in the NBA, including 33 games with the Hawks during the 1992-93 season.  Hill was an assistant coach with the Magic in 2017-18...
Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Jaren Jackson

Draft Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson on Jaren Jackson

Part of Jeff Peterson’s responsibilities as Hawks assistant general manager is to oversee the team’s scouting process. That’s a particularly important role this year as the Hawks own the No. 3 draft pick in addition to Nos. 19, 30 and 34.  I recently sat down with Peterson to get his thoughts on eight top prospects in the 2018 draft: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley...
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