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 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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...
Hawks rookie Trae Young’s deep shooting slump continues 
 Hawks guard Tyler Dorsey whipped a pass to teammate Trae Young, who was standing alone at three-point line. Young collected the pass and took his time before letting the shot fly.  Finally, the ball fell through the net. Young paused and took a deep breath before heading back up court.  Young’s first three-pointer came on...

Posted: 16 days ago

Hawks guard Tyler Dorsey whipped a pass to teammate Trae Young, who was standing alone at three-point line. Young collected the pass and took his time before letting the shot fly.  Finally, the ball fell through the net. Young paused and took a deep breath before heading back up court.  Young’s first three-pointer came on...
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...

Posted: 16 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 17 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...