Jun 15, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks named Darvin Ham their new assistant coach on Saturday.
Ham joins the staff of Mike Budenholzer.
“Darvin has a great feel for the game and knows what it takes for a team to be successful and compete at a high level," Budenholzer said. “He was a smart player who played with intensity and toughness every night and he has gone about coaching the same way.”
Ham played eight years in the NBA and spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jun 14, 2013 10:43 AM EDT
Dwight Howard and Chris Paul have been in contact with each other in an effort to play for the same team next season, according to sources.
"They would love to play together if somebody can make it happen," one of the sources said.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers do not have the available cap space to allow Howard and Paul to team up. If the preference is to play together with the Clippers, they would have to acquire Howard via a sign-and-trade with the Lakers.
Sources say a trade package centered around Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe for Howard could be possible. Multiple sources insist Griffin is untouchable but he would almost surely be required for the Lakers to agree to a trade.
The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks all have cap space, though acquiring both players would likely acquire both Howard and Paul to accept less than a full max contract. The Hawks would seemingly have the easiest path to sign both Howard and Paul under that scenario.
Howard has seemingly been uninterested in playing in his hometown of Atlanta.
Both Howard and Paul will be free agents for the first time in their careers this offseason.
Jun 11, 2013 5:18 PM EDT
The Sacramento Kings have been identified as the third team fined by the NBA for tampering.
The Houston Rockets and the Atlanta Hawks were the other two teams.
Michael Malone said that Chris Paul would "look pretty good in a Sacramento Kings uniform" during his introductory press conference.
Jun 10, 2013 5:16 PM EDT
The NBA has fined three teams for tampering, according to an internal memo.
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the three teams, as the marketing department sent out a letter to season ticket holders mentioning Chris Paul and Dwight Howard by name.
The Houston Rockets were also fined for stories on their team website, according to Marc Stein.
Jun 10, 2013 4:07 PM EDT
Quin Snyder has been hired by the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach, according to sources.
Snyder was most recently an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow and previously was a head coach with the Austin Toros of the D-League and the Missouri Tigers.
Snyder is familiar with Danny Ferry from their time together at Duke.
Jun 04, 2013 4:38 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks may have committed a violation of the NBA's anti-tampering policy by mentioning Dwight Howard and Chris Paul in a letter sent to prospective ticket buyers.
The letter was sent from the marketing department:
“Hot New Player news: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.” It began with the statement: “The buzz around our offseason is more than heating up. With massive cap space, 4 draft picks, and free agency rapidly approaching, we sit in the best position in the NBA. Player interest is skyrocketing as the possibilities of landing Chris Paul & Dwight Howard become more and more of a reality.”
The letter also linked to an ESPN story reporting that Paul was unhappy with the Los Angeles Clippers.
“This is your opportunity to get on board before its (sic) too late. Once we solidify our signings there will be no seats left,” the letter added.
The NBA declined to comment on the situation.
Jun 02, 2013 2:30 PM EDT
Dwayne Davis, the draft prospect out of Southern Miss, has scheduled workouts for six NBA teams and interests those organizations as a possible second round pick, a source told RealGM.
Davis will work out for the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and a sixth team that could sign the 6-foot-5 guard if he falls out of this month’s draft.
After averaging 16 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range in his senior season at Southern Miss, Davis stood out in the pre-draft’s Portsmouth Invitational, earning workout opportunities despite not participating in the combine.
Davis, 23, grew up as a homeless child, living through foster care and looking after his siblings.
Jun 02, 2013 1:36 PM EDT
Dwight Howard is a free agent this offseason for the first time in his career and is widely expected to decide between the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks.
"It's free agency and I have the opportunity to choose where I'm going to play," said Howard. "God opens doors, and I'm relying on my faith to direct me.
"I don't think it's fair I get criticized for waiting on such an opportunity."
Howard was asked what he wants in a team.
"I want to win; I've done everything else," he said. "I just want to win."
Howard also spoke warmly about Mike D'Antoni, though he did seem to express his feelings in the past tense.
"He's a great person and I'm glad we had the opportunity to be together," said Howard.
Howard will make in-person visits to each of the teams interested in signing him.
"I want to see what each opportunity offers," Howard said. "I want to see how people plan on winning."
Jun 01, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks may consider signing David West this summer, according to a source.
The Hawks are projected to have enough salary cap room this summer to sign two max free agents.
The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies have also been mentioned as potential suitors for West, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
May 31, 2013 6:34 PM EDT
Mookie Blaylock is in stable condition after being involved in a head-on collision in the Atlanta area on Friday.
Blaylock was driving northbound on Tara Boulevard when for unknown reasons, he crossed over the median and into a southbound lane, Jonesboro police Chief Franklin Allen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Blaylock was initially listed as being on life support and had been under treatment for seizures.
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