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Hawks Recall Adreian Payne From D-League

The Atlanta Hawks have recalled forward/center Adreian Payne from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

In two stints with the Mad Ants, Payne has appeared in six games, starting five, averaging 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds (tied for seventh in the D-League) and 2.3 assists in 31.3 minutes. He was originally assigned on November 20, recalled on November 23, and re-assigned on November 28.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City

Joe Johnson signed a six-year, $123.7 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 2010, but seriously considered the New York Knicks.

“Almost. Almost,” Johnson recalled of the Knicks’ contention. “The Knicks were the first team I met with.”

Johnson met with Mike D'Antoni, Allan Houston and James Dolan.

“We all met and talked and they had a great presentation. It was impressive. You know what threw me off more than anything?” Johnson asked. “Obviously there was the money difference, but they said, ‘You needed a place in Westchester and you needed a place in the city.’ They said you would roughly spend like $5 million.

“I was like, ‘aw, no,’ as opposed to being in Atlanta where I was already established with a solid team that was getting better every year. And I didn’t have to buy nothing or make any changes, and we had the arena and the practice facility in one place. It took me roughly 20 minutes with traffic to get there. Oh no. So then I never even imagined being in New York.”

D'Antoni isn't sure if the Knicks actually told Johnson that.

“I don’t know if we told him that,” D’Antoni said. “But he could afford it anyway. Obviously he made his choice, and for Atlanta, he was great.”

 

Via Fred Kerber/New York Post

Paul Millsap 'Happy In Atlanta Right Now'

Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason and had a 19-point performance in the Atlanta Hawks' win over the New York Knicks.

”There’s always some potential here [in Atlanta] for sure,’’ Millsap told The Post before the Hawks swept the home-and-home Monday. “But I’m trying not to think about it, trying to put it as far in the back of my head as possible until the end of the year and see what happens.’’

Asked about playing in New York, Millsap said, “Anywhere could be an option. But my loyalty right now is in Atlanta. Free agency is free agency. When it happens, I’ll weigh my options and see where I’m at. But I’m happy in Atlanta right now.’’

Millsap played with Derek Fisher with the Utah Jazz.

“I know Fish,’’ Millsap said. “I played with Fisher for a year. He’s always been a good friend for me — not surprised at all he’s coaching. A great guy, always been a great locker-room guy. Knows the game well. I knew it would happen at some point. ‘’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Adreian Payne Being Cautious With Plantar Fasciitis

Adreian Payne dealt with plantar fasciitis during his senior season at Michigan State and is again bothered by the injury.

Payne has been listed inactive for the Atlanta Hawks' first two games of the season.

“It’s good,” Payne said. “We are just resting out. It’s something I’ve had before. It’s really not a big issue. It’s something that the coaching staff and training staff is trying to manage before it gets bad. I could play right now but we are being careful.”

Added Mike Budenholzer: “There is an opportunity here for us to be cautiously aggressive, is what I’m saying, and really look for his health long there and get him in a place where he is comfortable and able to play."

Via Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hawks Decline John Jenkins' Fourth-Year Rookie Option

The Atlanta Hawks have decided to allow John Jenkins to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, declining his fourth-year rookie option, league sources told RealGM.

Jenkins, Atlanta’s 23rd overall draft pick in 2012, has averaged 5.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in two seasons with the franchise. After contributing as a  reserve in his rookie year, Jenkins missed most of last season with a severe back injury that required surgery.

Jenkins played three seasons at Vanderbilt before entering the NBA in 2012.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Dexter Pittman, Jarell Eddie Waived By Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks waived Dexter Pittman and Jarell Eddie on Tuesday.

Both Pittman and Eddie were training camp invitations.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Chris Webber Involved In Prospective Hawks' Ownership Group

Chris Webber is a member of a potential ownership group that has interest in purchasing the Atlanta Hawks, according to sources.

Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to emerge as a face of the bid with an ultimate goal of becoming a prominent figure on the basketball side for the Hawks.

Webber has had a home in Atlanta for the past decade and has been working to connect with community officials and organizations to make a case for reselling the organization to an increasingly dubious public.

The Hawks are moving toward a sale because of a racially insensitive email that surfaced from majority owner Bruce Levenson to ownership partners and his front office. 

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Hawks Quietly Explored Al Horford Trade Last Season

The Atlanta Hawks quietly reached out to a select group of teams last season making Al Horford available, according to sources.

The Hawks were seeking "the right price - including an unprotected 2014 first round pick."

Horford was injured last season, but is healthy again and remains one of the NBA's most productive big men when healthy.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down the Southeast Division with Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) and Patrick Minton (@nbageek) of BoxScoreGeeks.com. 

They talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets. as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Atlanta Hawks Archives

Luol Deng Forgives Danny Ferry For Racial Comments

Luol Deng wants to move on from the unfortunate situation of Danny Ferry's racial remarks directed toward him during free agency.

Dexter Pittman Reaches Deal With Hawks

Dexter Pittman has reached an agreement on a contract with the Hawks, league sources told RealGM.

Jarell Eddie Agrees To Camp Deal With Hawks

Jarell Eddie has agreed to a non-guaranteed training camp contract with the Hawks, league sources told RealGM.

Dominique Wilkins Interested In Buying Hawks

Dominique Wilkins has an interest in purchasing the Hawks.

Grantham: NBA Front Offices Need More Diversity

Charles Grantham severed as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association from 1978 until 1995 had some interesting opinions about the issues that have faced the Hawks in regards to race.

Danny Ferry's Leave From Hawks Expected To Become Permanent

Danny Ferry's "leave of absence" as general manager of the Hawks will almost assuredly become permanent.

Danny Ferry Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence From Hawks

Danny Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence as general manager of the Hawks, the team announced Friday.

Adam Silver Believes Danny Ferry Shouldn't Be Fired By Hawks For Racial Remarks

The Hawks disciplined Danny Ferry, but it is unclear what form of punishment he received.

Elton Brand Re-Signs With Hawks For One-Year, $2M

Elton Brand averaged 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.

Additional Details Emerge On Danny Ferry Conference Call

Several sources told Yahoo that within the basketball operations, Danny Ferry was Atlanta's biggest proponent to sign Luol Deng.

Luol Deng 'Saddened', 'Disappointed', 'Disturbed' By Comments

Luol Deng released the following statement Tuesday in response to remarks made about him by the front office of the Hawks.

Danny Ferry Disciplined By Hawks, Releases Statement

Danny Ferry said in a statement his comments about Luol Deng were from a scouting report.

Hawks' Co-Owner Called For Firing Of Danny Ferry In June

Michael Gearon sent a two-page letter to Bruce Levenson on June 12, which in part called for the firing of Danny Ferry, according to a report citing the document.

NBA To Take Lead In Sale Of Hawks

The NBA will take the lead on the sale of the Hawks.

Ferry's Comments About Deng Initiated Inquiry Into Hawks' Owner

The racial reference to Luol Deng triggered at least one team owner on the call to pursue an independent investigation into how the organization operated in regard to race.

Bruce Levenson To Sell Hawks Following Revelation Of Racist Email

Bruce Levenson apologized for the August 2012 email, which was sent to Danny Ferry and stereotyped the differences between black and white fans in Atlanta.

Gustavo Ayon Receiving Richer Offers In Europe

Gustavo Ayon prefers to remain in the NBA, but his offers from Europe have been more lucrative to date.

Hawks Re-Sign Shelvin Mack

Shelvin Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists (second on the team) and 2.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes while ranking seventh in the NBA in assist/turnover ratio (3.04).

Lamar Patterson Signs With Tofas SC

Lamar Patterson was the second round choice of the Hawks in this year's NBA draft.

Hawks Hire Neven Spahija As Assistant Coach

Neven Spahija was most recently head coach of Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) last season.
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