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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

Luol Deng Forgives Danny Ferry For Racial Comments

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

"I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being and something that we should do more often is forgive," Deng said. "I do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or for the rest of my life.

"When it first happened, I didn't think I was involved in it at all when the first letter came out. The next day, I had phone calls and emails and text messages. I kind of tried to sit back and see what was really going on. I didn't want to jump into anything. I believe that he's really sorry for what he said. Whether it came from him or whatever it came from, I think the main focus really should be how we move forward, what are we going to do about it instead of just pointing fingers and trying to go after each other and be mad at each other."

Ferry said Deng, who is from Sudan, had "some African in him" while reading a scouting report with team personnel during a teleconference in the summer. Deng and Ferry have since spoken to each other about the comments.

"Everything happens for a reason and we can turn a situation of something so negative and something bad … and really turn it into something positive," Deng said. "… We could turn this positive where people could benefit from it."

Via Shandel Richardson/Sun Sentinel

Dexter Pittman Reaches Deal With Hawks

Free agent center Dexter Pittman has reached an agreement on a training camp contract with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told RealGM.

Pittman registered two regular-season games for Atlanta last season. The 6-foot-11 big man had gone to the Chicago Bulls’ training camp, and spent most of the year in the NBA D-League with Austin.

Pittman was part of the Miami Heat's NBA championship team in 2012.

As a second round pick to the Heat in 2010 out of the University of Texas, Pittman has averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in his four NBA seasons.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jarell Eddie Agrees To Camp Deal With Hawks

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

Out of Virginia Tech, Eddie reached a summer league agreement with the Washington Wizards after June's NBA draft.

Eddie mulled several training camp invitations -- including from the Wizards -- before informing the Hawks of his decision earlier in the week.

As a senior at Virginia Tech, the 6-foot-7 Eddie averaged 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 32.6 minutes per game.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Dominique Wilkins Interested In Buying Hawks

Dominique Wilkins has an interest in purchasing the Atlanta Hawks.

Wilkins declined to say whether he was one of the six current prospective buyers.

It was released in a briefing on Tuesday that Wilkins will get a statue outside Philips Arena on March 6, 2015.

Via Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Hawks Archives

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.

Mike Scott Agrees Upon Three-Year, $10M Deal With Hawks

Mike Scott has agreed upon a three-year, $10 million deal to re-sign with the Hawks.

Stephen Holt Signs With German Team

Stephen Holt has signed a professional contract with a team in Germany.

Nets Sold Kyle Korver To Cover 2003 Summer League, Purchase Copy Machine

The Nets picked Kyle Korver with the 51st overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft and sold his draft rights to the 76ers for $125,000.

Paul Millsap Receives Invitation For Team USA

The United States has a shortage of frontcourt players after both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love withdrew from participating.
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