Villanova won the Big East last season and it hardly seems fair that they also have the most returning minutes. Georgetown will be hoping for a place in the top-25, while Xavier, St. John's, Marquette and Providence will be tourney bubble teams. Read More. Written by Dan Hanner on Aug 25, 2014
"Shelvin has proven himself to be an excellent fit in our program,” Ferry said. “On the court, he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of unselfishness that we truly value," Ferry said. "At 24, he is still a young player with the type of work ethic that can allow him to continue to keep getting better."
In 73 games for the Hawks last season (11 starts), 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 has signed with Tofas, a Turkish club, for the 2014-15 season.
Patterson was the second round choice of the Atlanta Hawks in this year's NBA draft.
“Lamar is in a good position to continue his development while playing meaningful minutes for a strong professional program next season," Danny Ferry said in a statement on Tuesday. "We have a great respect for the international game and will be closely monitoring Lamar’s progress with Tofas.”
The Atlanta Hawks have named Neven Spahija an assistant coach.
“Neven is one of the most successful coaches in Europe and we’re thrilled to add him to our staff,” said Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. “As an organization, we have great respect for international basketball and we will benefit tremendously from his perspective and his wealth of experience.”
Spahija, a Croatia native and former Croatian Coach of the Year with nearly 30 years international coaching experience, was most recently head coach of Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) last season. From 2010-12, Spahija led Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey), winning a Turkish Basketball League and Turkish Cup championship in 2010-11 after directing the club to a 27-3 regular season mark.
Kent Bazemore has reached agreement on a $4 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, fully guaranteed over two seasons, a league source told RealGM.
Bazemore had fielded interest from several team and held meetings this week, and he traveled to Atlanta for a visit to the Hawks. The Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets made late pushes for Bazemore, a source said.
An athletic, 6-foot-5 combo guard, Bazemore had been part of the Golden State Warriors’ developing core of players before his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers last season. In 23 games and 15 starts for the Lakers, Bazemore averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Out of Old Dominion, Bazemore, 25, has played three NBA seasons. The Hawks have replenished their backcourt with lengthy guards in Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha.
ESPN first reported Bazemore's deal with the Hawks.