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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 player season review: Kent Bazemore
 Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Previous entries:  After a disappointing performance in 2016-17, Kent Bazemore was much better this season. In terms of Basketball Reference’s Value Over Replacement Player...

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Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Previous entries:  After a disappointing performance in 2016-17, Kent Bazemore was much better this season. In terms of Basketball Reference’s Value Over Replacement Player...
I don’t see how Mike Budenholzer can remain Hawks coach
 Under the circumstances, I don’t see how Mike Budenholzer can remain Hawks head coach. As far as I know, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk hasn’t ruled out the possibility of keeping Budenholzer as coach even after he seeks out other jobs. But if Budenholzer were to remain it would be, in my view, an unworkable situation for...

Posted: 30 minutes ago

Under the circumstances, I don’t see how Mike Budenholzer can remain Hawks head coach. As far as I know, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk hasn’t ruled out the possibility of keeping Budenholzer as coach even after he seeks out other jobs. But if Budenholzer were to remain it would be, in my view, an unworkable situation for...
Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for their vacancy
 The Knicks will interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer for their vacant head coach position this weekend, according to a person with knowledge of New York’s plans. Budenholzer talked to the Suns this week about their open head coach position before deciding to withdraw from consideration Thursday.  Budenholzer declined to comment...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Knicks will interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer for their vacant head coach position this weekend, according to a person with knowledge of New York’s plans. Budenholzer talked to the Suns this week about their open head coach position before deciding to withdraw from consideration Thursday.  Budenholzer declined to comment...
Hawks player season review: Dennis Schroder
 Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Dennis Schroder was the lead player for the Hawks for the first time since the team drafted him in 2013. Schroder played 2,078 minutes in 67 games, and his 30.4 usage rate tied for sixth-highest...

Posted: 3 days ago

Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Dennis Schroder was the lead player for the Hawks for the first time since the team drafted him in 2013. Schroder played 2,078 minutes in 67 games, and his 30.4 usage rate tied for sixth-highest...
Hawks coach Budenholzer no longer seeking Suns job
 Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer withdrew from consideration for the Suns’ head coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday night.  Budenholzer interviewed with Suns officials this week after the Hawks gave him permission to do so. He’s under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons after coaching...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer withdrew from consideration for the Suns’ head coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday night.  Budenholzer interviewed with Suns officials this week after the Hawks gave him permission to do so. He’s under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons after coaching...
Hawks player season review: Taurean Prince
 The departures of Thabo Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway from last season’s Hawks team opened a major role on the wing for Taurean Prince. Prince proved to be durable in his second pro season with 82 starts and 2,464 minutes played. Only seven other NBA players started every game this season.  Prince emerged as a legitimate high-volume...

Posted: 4 days ago

The departures of Thabo Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway from last season’s Hawks team opened a major role on the wing for Taurean Prince. Prince proved to be durable in his second pro season with 82 starts and 2,464 minutes played. Only seven other NBA players started every game this season.  Prince emerged as a legitimate high-volume...
Three reasons Suns job could be more desirable for Hawks coach Budenholzer 
 At first glance, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s interest in the Suns job doesn’t make much sense besides the franchise being located three hours from his hometown.  Budenholzer doesn’t want to be part of a long-term rebuild with the Hawks, but why would he exchange one tanking team for another? After surviving the dysfunction...

Posted: 5 days ago

At first glance, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s interest in the Suns job doesn’t make much sense besides the franchise being located three hours from his hometown.  Budenholzer doesn’t want to be part of a long-term rebuild with the Hawks, but why would he exchange one tanking team for another? After surviving the dysfunction...
Hawks coach Budenholzer meets with Suns
 Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer met with Suns officials on Tuesday about their head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the meeting confirmed. ESPN reported that Budenholzer and Suns management also met on Monday.  Budenholzer did not respond to messages seeking comment.  A hiring decision by the Suns doesn’t appear...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer met with Suns officials on Tuesday about their head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the meeting confirmed. ESPN reported that Budenholzer and Suns management also met on Monday.  Budenholzer did not respond to messages seeking comment.  A hiring decision by the Suns doesn’t appear...
Why small improvement in Minnesota pick could be big for Hawks
 The Timberwolves were 36-25 on Feb. 23, good for the fifth-best record in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical model projected Minnesota to finish 48-34, sixth-best in the NBA. If that’s how it turned out, the Hawks’ pick from the Timberwolves via trade would be No. 25 overall.  But the next night, Timberwolves...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Timberwolves were 36-25 on Feb. 23, good for the fifth-best record in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical model projected Minnesota to finish 48-34, sixth-best in the NBA. If that’s how it turned out, the Hawks’ pick from the Timberwolves via trade would be No. 25 overall.  But the next night, Timberwolves...
What compensation could Hawks expect for letting Budenholzer leave?
 If Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer decides to take another job, it almost certainly will cost his new team in the form of draft-pick compensation.  Budenholzer still is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons at about $14 million (his deal wasn’t altered when he gave up his personnel power in 2017). The Hawks have...

Posted: 7 days ago

If Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer decides to take another job, it almost certainly will cost his new team in the form of draft-pick compensation.  Budenholzer still is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons at about $14 million (his deal wasn’t altered when he gave up his personnel power in 2017). The Hawks have...
Hawks grant Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to Suns about head coach vacancy
 The Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to the Suns about their vacant head coaching position, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough confirmed to azcentral.com on Friday. Budenholzer, 48, has been Hawks coach for the past five seasons after spending 17 seasons as a Spurs assistant. The Hawks were 24-58 this season...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to the Suns about their vacant head coaching position, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough confirmed to azcentral.com on Friday. Budenholzer, 48, has been Hawks coach for the past five seasons after spending 17 seasons as a Spurs assistant. The Hawks were 24-58 this season...