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Tiago Splitter Out Six Weeks With Strained Calf

Nov 26, 2016 11:08 AM

Tiago Splitter has sustained a grade 2 right calf strain. An MRI performed at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center confirmed the injury.

Splitter suffered the injury while rehabbing from offseason hip surgery and related hamstring strain.

Splitter will be out a minimum of six weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.

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Dwight Howard Happy With How He's Progressed, Optimistic About Later Stages Of Career

Nov 22, 2016 5:43 PM

Dwight Howard believes he is in a better place back in his hometown with the Atlanta Hawks, finally mature enough to handle his responsibilities, find the right work/life balance and cut off any unnecessary distractions.

“For people who didn’t know me and didn’t know how hard I worked, it gave a perception that that’s all I’m about is goofing off. That’s not me at all,” Howard told The Vertical. “I take what I do serious but at the same time, I want to have fun while I’m doing it. I didn’t like hearing that.”

Howard has visited at least 10 juvenile detention centers across the country, all during a period in his career in which he had injuries and personality clashes with teammates.

“I wouldn’t say these last couple of years have been challenging,” Howard told The Vertical. “I don’t live with regrets. These last couple of years of my basketball career, what it did was, it kind of molded me and shaped me into the person that I am today. I don’t look at my past as being something bad, but something that has kind of put me in a great position. Spending time with these kids, the only thing it did was give me motivation to continue to push forward and not allow some of the things that have happened to me in my career stop me from being the best that I can be.”

Howard admits he still wonders what could have been if he ended up with the Brooklyn Nets in 2012.

“But I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason. There is a reason why the Brooklyn thing never happened. I thought it was going to be great, but all that stuff just led to me being back home in Atlanta, to the best situation possible for me,” Howard told The Vertical. “It’s the perfect time, perfect situation, perfect team. Everything has been great. All the things I’ve always prayed for and asked for, this team has it, and it’s crazy that it’s my hometown team. And we’re all very grateful.”

Howard is nearing his 31st birthday and is growing more reflective.

“When I first came in the league, I thought I was going to play forever. I still want to play until I’m 40, but I thought I was going to play basketball until I was 60. That’s what happens when you’re young. Once you get older, you realize there are lot of things that are important.

“I know who I am, but in this world, people always try to force you to be what they want you do be, instead of who you are,” Howard told The Vertical. “For a lot of us basketball players, we come into the NBA so young and your whole life is put out there on blast, and you’re forced to have to grow up in front of the world. The world sees all the good things, but they also see all the failures that you have, so you’re forced to really grow up and sometimes you just want to be a kid, but you can’t. There are lot of great life lessons that I’m learning, but I’m happy to see my progress.”

Howard is optimistic about this stage of his career.

"I would say the phase that I’m in now is going to be better and more rewarding than the beginning of my career.”

Michael Lee/The Vertical

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'Hawks University' Reputation 'Humbling' To Front Office

Nov 21, 2016 2:15 PM

Nate Duncan coined the phrase "Hawks University" for the way the Atlanta Hawks have developed several younger players in recent seasons during the tenure of Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox.

“We’ve heard rumors. It’s humbling to be referenced in that way," said Wilcox. "But really, (Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer) has really set the tone for us in that our goal every day is to just get better whether it’s in the front office, whether it’s on the court, whether it’s in athletic performance. That really has permeated all of basketball operations and maybe the organization as a whole. We come in every day with the mindset that we are going to get a little bit better today. We are going to work our butts off. I don’t hear it all. It’s flattering but we just keep our heads down and keep on working.”

Budenholzer wasn't familiar with the term when asked about it recently.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Dwight Howard Ejected After Elbow To Cody Zeller's Face

Nov 19, 2016 2:38 PM

Dwight Howard was ejected late in the fourth quarter in the Atlanta Hawks' 100-96 loss at the Charlotte Hornets after throwing an elbow at the head of Cody Zeller.

Before the possession that ended with the hit on Zeller, Howard appeared to get frustrated with him at the other end of the court when he got boxed out on a free throw.

"It wasn't like I tried to hit him in the face," Howard said after the game, "but my job is to protect my house at all costs. I am making no apologies for it. I can't do nothing but live with it."

Asked if he thought the foul was flagrant, Howard responded, "It's basketball."

Zeller said after the game he didn't think Howard's elbow to the face was a dirty play.

"I have taken a lot of hard hits with two older brothers," Zeller said. "I knew it was going to be a physical game. But it was a huge play in the game because they couldn't go to him late in the game and we went on a run."


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Hawks Purchase D-League Team To Begin Play In 19-20 Season

Nov 10, 2016 2:48 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will play in College Park, Ga., beginning with the 2019-20 season. Additionally, the City of College Park has agreed to construct a 3500-seat arena in which the new franchise will serve as the primary tenant. With the purchase, the Hawks become the 16th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate, while the NBA D-League grows to 23 teams.

“Today’s an exciting day in the NBA D-League as we welcome the Hawks and the City of College Park to our growing family,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “With the addition of the Hawks to our ownership ranks, more than half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate – an important step toward our goal of having a 30-team minor league.”

“Securing a D-League team for the Atlanta Hawks was among our top priorities when our ownership group took over the team,” said Tony Ressler, Atlanta Hawks Principal Owner and Chairman. “Coach Bud and Wes Wilcox would agree that having a local D-League franchise will play a significant role in building a championship-caliber team by helping us develop players, like the six now on our roster who have D-League experience. We would like to thank the City of College Park for becoming the host city of what will be another exciting part of our community and the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club.”

The new arena will be built at the Gateway Center, a conglomeration of upscale Marriott hotels and office space surrounding the Georgia International Convention Center, connected to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport via light rail. The arena is scheduled to be completed by summer 2019.

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Steve Koonin Signs Three-Year Deal With Hawks To Remain CEO

Nov 10, 2016 10:36 AM

Steve Koonin signed a new three-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks to remain Chief Executive Officer.

Koonin’s original contract was with the previous ownership group after he joined the organization in April of 2014. The new contract is with the present ownership group, with principal owner Tony Ressler who purchased the team in June 2015.

Koonin oversees the business, financial and strategic operations of the Hawks and Philips Arena.

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James Harden: Dwight And I Had No Beef, It Just Didn't Work Out

Nov 4, 2016 7:29 PM

James Harden and the Houston Rockets will face Dwight Howard and the Atlanta Hawks for the first time on Saturday.

Harden and Howard were teammates for three seasons until the big man left to sign with the Hawks in free agency on a three-year, $70.5 million deal.

A source said the relationship between Howard and Harden was "cordially bad."

"Yeah we're cool," Harden said.

Harden was asked about the perception that they had friction.

"It didn't bother me. I know what the truth is, it's no beef. We never got into a heated argument. It just didn't work out."

Harden said he didn't know why the pairing didn't work.

"Trust me, if we knew, it would have worked out," he said.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman

Nov 1, 2016 11:58 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the NBA’s rookie scale extension and option deadline.

They review just-announced extensions for Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Rudy Gobert, Cody Zeller and Gorgui Dieng along with previously agreed-to deals for Giannis Antetokounmpo, CJ McCollum and Dennis Schroder.

After that, they discuss some of the significant option decisions including RJ Hunter and James Young for the Celtics, Adreian Payne for the Timberwolves and Nik Stauskas with the 76ers. 

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Mike Scott Out Four Weeks Due To Knee Soreness

Nov 1, 2016 10:32 AM

Mike Scott will miss approximately four weeks while undergoing a series of non-surgical procedures for his left knee soreness.

Scott's status will be updated as appropriate.

Scott will be an unrestricted free agent in the 2017 offseason.

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Hawks Sign Ryan Kelly, Waive Edy Tavares

Oct 31, 2016 5:57 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have signed Ryan Kelly while waiving Edy Tavares to clear a roster spot.

Tavares was in his second season with the Hawks. He appeared in one game, playing 3:36 against the 76ers on Saturday with two points and one rebound. He appeared in 11 regular-season games with the Hawks last season and averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.6 minutes. 

Kelly signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Hawks this summer and was on the training camp roster. He was waived on Oct. 18. He appeared in all six of the team’s exhibition games and totaled 29 points (4.8 average), 16 rebounds and eight assists. Kelly was signed and released by the Celtics after being waived by the Hawks.

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Kent Bazemore Apologizes For Undercutting John Wall
As John Wall went up for a dunk attempt on a fastbreak, Kent Bazemore came from behind and pushed him with two hands.

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Dennis Schroder, Hawks Agree To Four-Year, $70M Extension
Dennis Schroeder and the Hawks have agreed upon a four-year, $70 million contract extension.

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News break down the NBA's Southeast Division.

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Hawks Waive Jarrett Jack
Jarrett Jack was signed by the Hawks on a veteran-minimum deal worth $980,431.

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Hawks Waive Matt Costello
Matt Costello did not appear in any preseason games for the Hawks after averaging 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in Summer League.

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Paul Millsap Undecided On Opting For Free Agency In 2017
Paul Millsap's player option for 17-18 with the Hawks is worth $21,472,407.

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Tiago Splitter Out At Least Four Weeks With Hamstring Strain
If Tiago Splitter returns in four weeks, he'll have missed at least seven regular season games.

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Hawks Sign Josh Magette
Josh Magette played in 45 games (all starts) in 2015-16 with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League last season.

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Hawks Waive Richard Solomon
Richard Solomon averaged 11.3 points and 8.9 rebounds in Japan last season.

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Paul Millsap Undergoes Procedure For Swelling In Knee
Paul Millsap will progress through phases of rest and recovery before returning to full basketball activities over the next three weeks.

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Hawks Sign Will Bynum, Ryan Kelly To Camp Deals
Will Bynum and Ryan Kelly each worked out recently for the Hawks.

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Hawks Sign Richard Solomon To Camp Deal
Richard Solomon played in Japan last season.

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Dwight Howard Released From Hospital Following Treatment For Dehydration
Dwight Howard had been on a 10-day promotional tour in China with shoe manufacturer Peak.

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Tiago Splitter Plans On Being Ready For Start Of Camp
Tiago Splitter plans on being ready for the start of training camp with the Hawks after undergoing hip surgery.

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Hawks Interested In Adding Point Guard, Big To Camp Roster
Bryce Cotton is a point guard that interests Atlanta.

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Hawks Sign Matt Costello To Camp Deal
Matt Costello was a member of the Hawks' entry in the 2016 Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists while playing in all six games.

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Isaia Cordinier To Play For Antibes Instead Of Hawks For 16-17
Isaia Cordinier had wanted to come to the NBA immediately but he'll now likely join the Hawks for the 17-18 season.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kings Claim Lamar Patterson Off Waivers
Lamar Patterson was waived by the Hawks this week to create an available roster spot.

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Hawks' Interest Made Dwight Howard Feel 'Really Good About Himself Again'
Dwight Howard is looking forward to his new opportunity with the Hawks.

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Hawks Waive Lamar Patterson
There is a good chance that another NBA team claims Lamar Patterson, who had an $874,636 contract for next season.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution