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Rockets Identify Al Horford As Top Free Agent Target

May 16, 2016 12:43 PM

The Houston Rockets have identified Al Horford as their top priority in free agency.

Horford will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career since being drafted by the Hawks in 2007.

The Rockets are not expected to bring back Dwight Howard.

Ryan Anderson is also a possibility for the Rockets.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kent Bazemore Would 'Love' To Re-sign With Hawks

May 11, 2016 12:19 PM

The Atlanta Hawks signed Kent Bazemore to a $4 million contract in 2014 and he figures to receive a substantial pay raise this offseason in free agency.

“I would love to return here,” Bazemore said this week during an exit interview following the Hawks’ playoff loss to the Cavaliers. “I think the past two years I’ve taken a tremendous leap. Not only my professional year but personally. I’m growing more into myself and figuring out life. This place as a special place in my heart. I grew up right up the street in North Carolina. Super close to home. Not close enough. Has its perks here. The weather is great. Golf is great. God is great.”

Bazemore averaged 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.8 minutes over 75 games, including 68 starts.

“I go back and I saw it happen with DeMarre Carroll, his growth,” Millsap said. “Kent Bazemore came down the same road. Given an opportunity and being put in the right situation, he strived and he did great. We love Kent and his personality and what he brings to this team. We definitely would like to have him back.”

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al Horford: I Really Love Atlanta

May 9, 2016 10:24 AM

The Atlanta Hawks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games, immediately beginning a pivotal offseason in which Al Horford will be a free agent.

Horford will be one of the NBA's most highly coveted free agents but the Hawks can pay him the most money and also give him one more season than any rival team.

“I’m not thinking about that,” Horford said of free agency. “We just had a tough loss. My main priority tomorrow is to meet with the team and the coaches one last time (for the season) and go from there and figure out how we can be a better group.” 

Horford was the third overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Hawks.

“It means a lot,” Horford said of Atlanta. “I’ve set up here with my family. We all live here. We live here in the summer. We live here year-round. I’m very grateful for all the people here. They have taken me in from the very first day, even though I was a Gator. They loved me. I really love the city.”

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Hire Kenny Atkinson As Head Coach

Apr 17, 2016 2:50 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have hired Kenny Atkinson as head coach. 

Atkinson is currently assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks. 

Atkinson had a long playing career in Europe after attending Richmond.

Atkinson was an assistant coach with the New York Knicks from 2008 until 2012 before joining the Hawks.

“We are thrilled to announce Kenny Atkinson as our new head coach and to welcome him and his family to Brooklyn,” said Sean Marks. “Kenny’s years of NBA coaching experience working under successful head coaches such as Mike Budenholzer and Mike D’Antoni have provided him with the foundation and experience we were looking for in a head coach. We believe that Kenny’s core principles, leadership, communication skills and exceptional background in player development make him an ideal fit for the culture we are building in Brooklyn.”


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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Paul Millsap Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Apr 11, 2016 3:13 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns and Paul Millsap have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

For the week, Towns averaged 21.3 points (T-10th in Western Conference), 10.3 rebounds (T-7th in the Western Conference) and 1.7 blocks per game as Minnesota’s swept its three-game West Coast road trip, the team’s most successful road trip since a 4-0 swing in December 2005.

Millsap led the Hawks to a perfect 3-0 week (home wins over Phoenix, Toronto and Boston), averaging 19.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 4.3 blocks and 2.0 steals.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Award

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Hawks Held Up Dennis Schroder To 76ers Trade Due To Ish Smith

Mar 27, 2016 1:32 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers offered Ish Smith, Nik Stauskas and a protected first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Dennis Schroder at the trade deadline.

The Hawks held up the trade due to the uncertainty of re-signing Smith in the offseason.

Smith figures to receive significant interest in free agency.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Devoted 90 Percent Of Practice Time To Defense

Mar 22, 2016 3:20 PM

The Atlanta Hawks spent 90 percent of practice time to defense and they now rank second in the NBA in points allowed per possession.

The Hawks have been ranked first in the NBA during 2016 by a wide margin.

Opposing teams figured out how to slow down the Hawks' offense, but they hope it can be as good as it was during the 14-15 regular season again.

"Our offense hasn't been there, so our defense has had to be better," Kyle Korver said. "There has been growth in the team because of that realization. And now we're starting to figure some things out offensively. I think we peaked too early last year. Hopefully this year, our best basketball is ahead of us."

The Hawks rank second in the NBA in forcing turnovers.

"The turnover thing is weird for me," Mike Budenholzer says. "I didn't dream for 20 years about coaching a team that would create turnovers."

The Hawks swarm without gambling or fouling.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Jazz Had Exploratory Talks At Deadline For Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague

Mar 22, 2016 12:31 PM

The Utah Jazz explored trade talks at the deadline for both Jeff Teague and Jrue Holiday.

But the talks went nowhere as the asking price of the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans were considered too high for their veteran point guards.

The Jazz remain confident in Dante Exum, who has missed the entire 15-16 season with a torn ACL.

The Jazz could explore acquiring a veteran point guard again in June or July.

Utah ultimately traded for Shelvin Mack at the deadline.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Jeff Teague, Jrue Holiday, Dante Exum, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Agree To Buyout With Kevin Martin

Mar 2, 2016 12:12 AM

Kevin Martin has agreed upon a contract buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves before the deadline to make him playoff-eligible.

Martin will be pursued by multiple teams with the San Antonio Spurs already considered a strong contender.

The Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets will also pursue Martin.

Martin and his agent had to negotiate a complicated settlement of the player option on Martin's contract that was scheduled to pay him $7.4 million next season.

Martin averaged 20 points per game as recently as last season.

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Tags: Kevin Martin, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Kris Humphries To Sign With Hawks

Mar 1, 2016 5:49 PM

Kris Humphries has cleared waivers and will sign with the Atlanta Hawks.

Humphries could even be in uniform as early as Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

Humphries was waived last week by the Phoenix Suns.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kris Humphries, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Joe Johnson Commits To Sign With Heat
Joe Johnson also strongly considered the Hawks and Cavaliers.

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Mavs, Cavs, Heat, Hawks Thunder Interested In Kevin Martin If Bought Out
Kevin Martin's destination could hinge on where Joe Johnson signs.

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Joe Johnson Waived By Nets, Gives Up $3M Of Remaining Salary
The Cavaliers are confident of their chances of signing Joe Johnson, though the Hawks are also expected to be a factor.

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Kent Bazemore Credits 2014 Showcase With Lakers For Current Success
Kent Bazemore's two-and-a-half months in early 2014 playing for Mike D'Antoni led to a two-year, $4 million deal with the Hawks.

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76ers Offered Ish Smith, Stauskas, First Rounder To Hawks For Dennis Schroder
The 76ers offered Ish Smith, Nik Stauskas, an expiring contract and a 2016 first round pick to the Hawks for Dennis Schroder.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Bucks Turned Down Jeff Teague For Khris Middleton Offer From Hawks
The Hawks had interest in moving Jeff Teague to the Bucks for Khris Middleton.

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Jeff Teague Remained Available By Hawks Until Deadline
The Hawks were prepared to deal Jeff Teague and go forward with Dennis Schroder as their point guard.

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Kirk Hinrich Traded By Bulls To Hawks For 2nd Round Pick
The Bulls have traded Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks for a second round pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Shelvin Mack Traded By Hawks To Jazz
The Jazz have been looking for more depth at point guard.

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Hawks Intend To Keep Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder
The Hawks intend to stand pat at the deadline after exploring a major move involving Al Horford and either Jeff Teague or Dennis Schroeder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Considered Favorites If Hawks Trade Al Horford
Al Horford is in the final season of a five-year, $60 million deal.

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Tiago Splitter Out For Season With Hip Surgery
The Hawks acquired Tiago Splitter from the Spurs last offseason.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constiution

Knicks Continuing To Pursue Jeff Teague Trade
Jose Calderon and Kyle O'Quinn have been made available by the Knicks for Jeff Teague.

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Kyle Korver Considered 'Dream Target' Of Cavaliers
Kyle Korver is shooting just 38.6 percent on his three-point attempts after shooting 49.2 percent in 14-15.

Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Celtics Have Nearly No Interest In Dwight Howard, Prefer Al Horford
The Celtics are reluctant to trade significant assets for a player who will be a free agent in the offseason.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Hawks Receive Interest In Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder From 76ers
The 76ers aren't expected to make a serious push for one of the two players.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Hawks Have Sky-High Asking Prices For Al Horford, Jeff Teague
Al Horford will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, while Jeff Teague will be a free agent in 2017.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Cavs Have Interest In Kyle Korver, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik
Cleveland has multiple Traded Player Exceptions available to them to use in a trade.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pacers Offering George Hill To Hawks In Package For Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague is signed for just $8 million during the 16-17 season before becoming a free agent in 2017.

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Hawks Willing To Engage With Teams On Al Horford Trade
Al Horford has enjoyed playing for the Hawks but he's expected to explore free agency.

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