Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010. He is the author of the AJC’s Mike Check blog.

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Hawks draft workout report: Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
 Donte DiVincenzo starred in the 2018 NCAA championship game, when he came off the bench to score 31 points and lead Villanova to victory. The game highlighted DiVincenzo’s athletic ability and shooting ability, two attributes that make him an NBA prospect, but he already had shown that during two seasons at Villanova.  “I...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Donte DiVincenzo starred in the 2018 NCAA championship game, when he came off the bench to score 31 points and lead Villanova to victory. The game highlighted DiVincenzo’s athletic ability and shooting ability, two attributes that make him an NBA prospect, but he already had shown that during two seasons at Villanova.  “I...
Hawks player season review: Antonius Cleveland
 Antonius Cleveland was still rehabbing from ankle surgery when the Hawks signed him to a 10-day contract Feb. 22.  “We view him as a long-term play,” general manager Travis Schnlenk said at the time. “He’s got some upside. He’s got some work to do this summer.”  It turned out that Cleveland...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Antonius Cleveland was still rehabbing from ankle surgery when the Hawks signed him to a 10-day contract Feb. 22.  “We view him as a long-term play,” general manager Travis Schnlenk said at the time. “He’s got some upside. He’s got some work to do this summer.”  It turned out that Cleveland...
Hawks add two assistant coaches
 The Hawks added two more assistants, Marlon Garnett and Chris Jent, to new coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff.  Garnett joins the Hawks after serving two seasons as an assistant/player development coordinator with the Suns. He previously was a player-development assistant and video coordinator for one season with the Spurs, following a...

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The Hawks added two more assistants, Marlon Garnett and Chris Jent, to new coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff.  Garnett joins the Hawks after serving two seasons as an assistant/player development coordinator with the Suns. He previously was a player-development assistant and video coordinator for one season with the Spurs, following a...
Hawks player season review: Jaylen Morris
 Rookie wing Jaylen Morris suffered an ankle injury against the Bulls on March 11, hours after the Hawks had signed him to a second 10-day contract. He wouldn’t play again this season, but the Hawks signaled their desire to keep him around for the summer by signing him to a non-guaranteed contract for 2018-19. Morris played just 98 minutes...

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Rookie wing Jaylen Morris suffered an ankle injury against the Bulls on March 11, hours after the Hawks had signed him to a second 10-day contract. He wouldn’t play again this season, but the Hawks signaled their desire to keep him around for the summer by signing him to a non-guaranteed contract for 2018-19. Morris played just 98 minutes...
Hawks’ John Collins voted to NBA All-Rookie team
 Hawks center John Collins was voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team, the league announced Tuesday.  Collins, the No. 19 overall selection in the 2017 draft out of Wake Forest, was one off the more efficient and productive rookies in the league while playing 74 games (26 starts). He is the first Hawks player to be selected to...

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Hawks center John Collins was voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team, the league announced Tuesday.  Collins, the No. 19 overall selection in the 2017 draft out of Wake Forest, was one off the more efficient and productive rookies in the league while playing 74 games (26 starts). He is the first Hawks player to be selected to...
Hawks player season review: Andrew White III
 Andrew White III was one of several young players to get a chance with the Hawks this season when injuries thinned their depth on the wing. White signed a “two-way” contract Jan. 15, spent the next month with Erie in the G League and then went on to play 209 minutes over 15 games for the Hawks (179 of them non-garbage time, according...

Posted: 2 days ago

Andrew White III was one of several young players to get a chance with the Hawks this season when injuries thinned their depth on the wing. White signed a “two-way” contract Jan. 15, spent the next month with Erie in the G League and then went on to play 209 minutes over 15 games for the Hawks (179 of them non-garbage time, according...
Melvin Hunt agrees to join Hawks’ coaching staff
 The Hawks have reached an agreement with Melvin Hunt to join coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff as an assistant, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.  The hiring is expected to become official later Tuesday. Hunt will be the first assistant coach to be hired for Pierce’s staff since he was named Hawks head coach...

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The Hawks have reached an agreement with Melvin Hunt to join coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff as an assistant, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.  The hiring is expected to become official later Tuesday. Hunt will be the first assistant coach to be hired for Pierce’s staff since he was named Hawks head coach...
Hawks seek to add Mavs assistant Melvin Hunt to Lloyd Pierce’s staff
 The Hawks are working on an agreement to add Mavericks assistant Melvin Hunt to new head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person said a deal had yet to be reached as of early Monday evening. The New York Times first reported that the Hawks and Hunt are in discussions...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Hawks are working on an agreement to add Mavericks assistant Melvin Hunt to new head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person said a deal had yet to be reached as of early Monday evening. The New York Times first reported that the Hawks and Hunt are in discussions...
At draft combine, Hawks probe personalities and ‘the truth’ about prospects via interviews
 Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. emerged from his Hawks interview at the draft combine with a big smile as he closed the hotel door behind him.  Was Porter surprised by how much the Hawks already knew about him before he entered the room? The question elicited an even bigger smile by Porter. “Yeah!” Porter said, eyes widening...

Posted: 6 days ago

Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. emerged from his Hawks interview at the draft combine with a big smile as he closed the hotel door behind him.  Was Porter surprised by how much the Hawks already knew about him before he entered the room? The question elicited an even bigger smile by Porter. “Yeah!” Porter said, eyes widening...