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Hawks Seeking Paul Millsap Sign-And-Trade Interest From Suns, Kings, Nuggets

Jun 21, 2017 11:54 AM

The Atlanta Hawks have begun pursuing the sign-and-trade market for Paul Millsap with the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets interested.

There was reportedly a revolt in the Hawks' locker room when they put Millsap on the trading block in the middle of the season, which led Mike Budenholzer to make him unavailable.

Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox have since been demoted with Travis Schlenk taking over general manager duties.

The Hawks traded away Dwight Howard on Tuesday, signalling their intentions of rebuilding.

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Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Acquire Dwight Howard From Hawks

Jun 20, 2017 9:01 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to acquire Dwight Howard from the Atlanta Hawks.

Howard signed with the Hawks during the 2016 offseason on a three-year, $70.5 million deal.

Howard was already frustrated with his role with the Hawks at the end of his first season.

The Hawks hired Travis Schlenk to be general manager this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Hawks will receive Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st overall pick for Howard and the 31st pick.

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Jazz, Clippers, Bulls, Wolves, Hawks

Jun 19, 2017 11:58 AM

Andre Iguodala plans to give serious consideration to leaving the Golden State Warriors in free agency.

Teams would have to show Iguodala a vision of moving towards contention.

The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala.

Iguodala could command as much as $20 million annually on the open market.

Golden State’s salary situation will be complicated, even with Durant possibly willing to accept approximately $3.5 million less in salary in a one-year deal to accommodate the re-signing of the team’s core players. 

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reported last week Iguodala was expected to re-sign with the Warriors on a contract worth anywhere between $8 million and $12 million per season.

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Tags: Andre Iguodala, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hawks Concede Paul Millsap Could Get Better Offers On Open Market

Jun 15, 2017 10:12 AM

The Atlanta Hawks are unlikely to make a full max offer to Paul Millsap in free agency.

“We are going to make Paul our best offer,” Travis Schlenk said this week. “Will he have better offers? I don’t know. Do we want to keep Paul? Sure. I said last week, if you are building a team with all the things I’ve said, Paul checks all those boxes. He’s a hard-worker. He’s a good guy. He’s high-character. Skilled. He does all that stuff. We’d like to have him. The reality is, he might get better offers than we can make him.”

Millsap can sign for as much as $205 million over five seasons with the Hawks or $152 million over four seasons with a rival team. Millsap is currently 32 and this contract will take him into his late 30s.

Schlenk said he has met twice with Millsap’s representation with a breakfast meeting just after his hire and a tour of the team’s soon-to-be completed practice facility last week.

Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler has said that he was willing to do whatever is necessary to keep Millsap.

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Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Al Horford, Hawks Were Strikingly Close On Contract Terms

Jun 14, 2017 12:09 PM

Al Horford left the Atlanta Hawks last offseason to sign a four-year $113 million deal with the Boston Celtics. 

"You know Al Horford, they got really close with money," said Wojnarowski. "I can't ever remember a player and a team walking away from each other over less total dollars than Atlanta and Horford. It was only a few million dollars over what would have been a five-year deal."

The Hawks could have offered a five-year, $153 million max deal, but their best offer was a five-year, $136 million deal.

Horford decided to take less guaranteed money after the Hawks were unable to split the difference while having a new opportunity with the Celtics.

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

Bucks Have Justin Zanik, Wes Wilcox, Arturas Karnisovas As GM Finalists

Jun 7, 2017 10:27 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have narrowed their general manager search to three candidates.

Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Atlanta Hawks ex-GM and current ownership adviser Wes Wilcox and Milwaukee assistant GM Justin Zanik have emerged after a round of interviews in New York this week.

Zanik is currently serving as interim general manager following the departure of John Hammond. Zanik was hired by the Bucks as assistant GM in 2016.

Karnisovas was a finalist for the Brooklyn Nets GM job a year ago.

Wilcox was most recently demoted as general manager of the Hawks.

Milwaukee co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens will play the key roles in making the hire.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwight Howard Working On Three-Pointer In Offseason

Jun 6, 2017 8:28 PM

Dwight Howard said he's working on his three-point shot despite making just five in his entire career on 56 attempts.

Howard is also a career 53 percent shooter on the line.

“I have this guy in Atlanta I’ve been working with,” Howard said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I’ve been working on my threes, really trying to add some range to my game, which is gonna be weird for people to see, I guess, because they’re used to seeing me in the paint, battling, but in order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game.”

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

Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Suns, Wolves, Hawks

Jun 1, 2017 11:19 AM

Andre Iguodala is expected to receive interest from a number of teams in free agency such as the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks.

Iguodala's ability to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors will be heavily impacted by the amount of money Kevin Durant takes during his own free agency.

Iguodala somewhat surprisingly joined the Warriors in 2013 from the Denver Nuggets. Iguodala had spent one season with the Denver Nuggets and played against the Warriors in those playoffs.

Iguodala has several business interests in the Bay Area.

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Tags: Andre Iguodala, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks Interested In Wilcox, Stefanski, Dinwiddie, Karnisovas For GM Job

May 31, 2017 10:30 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have been granted permission to interview several front office candidates as they look to fill their general manager vacancy.

John Hammond departed the Bucks last week to join the Orlando Magic with Justin Zanik acting as interim GM.

Milwaukee made calls on Tuesday to inquire about Indiana vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie, Denver assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Memphis Grizzlies VP of player personnel Ed Stefanski and Atlanta Hawks special adviser to ownership Wes Wilcox.

Stefanski and Wilcox both were general managers in the NBA. Stefanski was GM of the Philadelphia 76ers (2007-11) and Wilcox was with the Hawks (2015-17).

Dinwiddie and Karnisovas have emerged as two of the NBA’s most respected young front-office executives.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Hawks Hire Travis Schlenk As GM, Head Of Basketball Operations

May 25, 2017 11:25 AM

The Atlanta Hawks today announced the hiring of Travis Schlenk as General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations. He will start leading Hawks basketball operations on June 1.

Schlenk, a veteran of more than 16 years in the NBA, joins the Hawks after 12 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, including the last five as Assistant General Manager, where he assisted 2015 NBA Executive of the Year Bob Myers in the management of all day-to-day basketball operations activities. He was previously the Warriors’ Director of Player Personnel for two years after five seasons as an assistant coach and video scout.

During Schlenk’s time as part of Golden State’s basketball leadership, the Warriors hired 2016 NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr as head coach, drafted two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, two-time All-NBA selection Klay Thompson, two-time All-Defensive First Team pick Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes; acquired 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut via trade; and signed 2014 MVP Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston.

“After meeting with Travis, our search committee and I knew that he was the right choice to become the new general manager and head of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to his significant experience with two organizations that have built championship cultures, he is ready to lead our basketball operations at a critical time for making big decisions as we prepare for the 2017-2018 season and beyond. We conducted a very thorough search process and believe Travis shares our vision for the team and the ability to implement it as we continue working hard to reach our commitment to bring a championship to Atlanta,” said Principal Owner Tony Ressler. “We appreciate the willingness of Joe Lacob and Bob Myers of Golden State for allowing Travis and his family to join the Hawks.”

“I am humbled by the opportunity to join the Hawks and thankful to Tony Ressler and his ownership team for trusting me with this responsibility,” Schlenk said. “The passion of the ownership team was evident throughout the process, and the team’s high standard aligns with organizations I’ve been part of and plan to emulate in Atlanta. I am excited to get started and look forward to collaborating with the team to build a first-class, championship-level franchise with a goal of sustained success. I would also like to thank Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Kerr, Larry Riley and Jerry West for being great mentors, strong advocates and friends during my time with Golden State, and for helping me prepare to serve in this role.”

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Travis Schlenk, Hawks Discussing Contract To Become GM
Travis Schlenk is currently assistant GM of the Warriors.

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Chauncey Billups To Interview For Hawks' GM Job
Chauncey Billups is currently an analyst with ESPN.

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Paul Millsap Opts Out Of $21.4M Contract With Hawks
Paul Millsap structured a three-year, $60.2 million deal with a third-year player option during his 2015 free agency.

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Travis Schlenk Emerges As Candidate For Hawks' GM Job
Travis Schlenk has been assistant general manager of the Warriors for the past five seasons.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Hawks Interview Tommy Sheppard For GM Job
Tommy Sheppard is a longtime executive of the Wizards working under Ernie Grunfeld.

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Blazers Deny Request From Hawks To Interview Neil Olshey
Neil Olshey became general manager of the Blazers in 2012.

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Hawks Offered Four Future First Round Picks To Pacers For Paul George
In addition to their own picks, the Hawks own future first rounders from the Wolves in 2018 and the Cavaliers in 2019.

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Hawks Interested In Chauncey Billups, Brent Barry For GM Job
David Griffin, Joe Dumars, Gersson Rosas and Mark Hughes are also candidates.

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Troy Weaver Considered Candidate For Hawks' President Job
Mike Budenholzer has stepped down as president of basketball operations of the Hawks and the franchise is looking for his replacement as the ultimate decision maker.

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Joe Dumars, David Griffin Expected To Be Candidates For Hawks' Job
The Hawks are searching for a new president of basketball operations.

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Wes Wilcox Remaining With Hawks As Special Advisor To Ownership
Wes Wilcox was promoted to general manager in June 2015.

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Mike Budenholzer Relinquishes President Duties With Hawks
The Hawks will begin searching for a new head of basketball operations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Report: Hawks Part Ways With GM Wes Wilcox
Wes Wilcox had been general manager of the team, working closely with Mike Budenholzer.

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Mike Scott Cleared Of Felony Drug Charges
Several teams considered signing Mike Scott but decided to wait until a resolution was reached in his court case.

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Dwight Howard Likely To Only Fetch Cap Relief, 2nd Rounder On Trade Market
Dwight Howard averaged just 26.2 minutes per game in the playoffs as he was relegated to a lesser role.

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Dwight Howard Frustrated With Role At End Of First Season With Hawks
Dwight Howard expressed displeasure with how his first season with the Hawks ended.

Jeff Schultz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'
Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason.

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Hawks Promote Malik Rose To GM Of Erie BayHawks
Malik Rose will also continue in his role as manager of basketball operations for the Hawks.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thabo Sefolosha Settles Civil Lawsuit Against NYPD For $4M
Thabo Sefolosha suffered a broken right leg and ligament damage to his ankle during his arrest.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Consitution

Paul Millsap Diagnosed With Left Knee Synovitis
Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with left knee synovitis and has undergone a non-surgical procedure at Emory.

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