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Paul Millsap Expected To Become Free Agent

Mar 22, 2017 8:14 PM

Paul Millsap is expected to become a free agent in the offseason.

Millsap could sign a five-year, $207 million max contract with the Atlanta Hawks, or a four-year, $154 million deal with a rival team.

Millsap is owed $21.4 million if he were to exercise his player option.

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets

Mar 21, 2017 10:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers discussed a Paul George trade with at least the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline.

The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading George.

George wants to play for a contender and can be a free agent in 2018.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as the place he would like to play if he leaves Indiana.

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Tags: Paul George, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Expected Magic To Trade Him To Brooklyn In 2011

Mar 17, 2017 10:50 AM

Now that Dwight Howard has had a quiet and productive existence with the Atlanta Hawks, he talked about the end of his time with the Orlando Magic.

Howard claims the Magic agreed to trade him after the 2011 lockout before he could opt out in 2012. Howard ended up opting in with the Magic in March, which took away his free agency option and led to his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"After the situation in Orlando, I never really came out and said my side of the story about what was going on there while I was there and the reasons for me wanting to leave," said Howard. "After that, people just decided that, ‘He’s not going to talk about it, so we might as well come up with a narrative and what we think went on in L.A. and what went on with Kobe [Bryant] and what we think happened with James [Harden].’ I never had a personal vendetta with either one of those guys. People took it as me having a problem with them being on a team with another superstar.

"I’ve never been the one to say, ‘OK, I want to talk about this because it was an issue with me.’ But everyone else kind of made it a storyline. And here in Atlanta, there is no storyline."

Howard was asked about what really happened with Orlando.

"I really hate going back with it. There were a lot of different things that happened in Orlando that people never talked about. Before the season even started during the lockout, I asked them privately, I even talked to [teammate] Jameer [Nelson] and [then-general manager] Otis [Smith] and I said, ‘Hey, I just want a change in my life. It has nothing to do with [then-coach] Stan Van Gundy. This has nothing to do with the players here in Orlando. It has nothing to do with Orlando itself.’ I just felt I was too comfortable and I wanted more for myself and more for basketball.

"It had nothing to do with the team. They said they were going to try to move me. I thought it was going to happen. They came in and said, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ They shook my hand and said, ‘God bless you. You were here for eight years and you did a great job.’ They asked me to go shake my teammates’ hands. I went and shook their hands and told them that the team was going to trade me. I woke up the next day and they said, ‘We’re not going to trade you.’

"This was right after the [2011 NBA] lockout. I was supposed to get traded right before training camp. I had asked them to trade me to Brooklyn and I thought that was going to happen. They decided they weren’t going to trade me and that was when all hell broke loose. People said I was doing this in the locker room, doing that. But I’ve never been that kind of guy. I told my agent, ‘Listen, they want me here, so I will just stay here until the end of the season and I’ll make a decision after that. Let’s not fight it. Let’s not go back and forth. Let’s not talk about it.’

"And we did that. But every day in the media it was a different story. I was the type of person where I’m not going to focus on what is being said. I’m going to focus on winning and trying to win for this team while I’m here."

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dennis Schroder Benched Following On-Court Exchange With Dwight Howard

Mar 7, 2017 10:08 AM

A heated exchange between Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard led to a defensive breakdown during the Atlanta Hawks' 119-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Schroder also had words with coach Mike Budenholzer following the play. Budenholzer then benched Schroder, who played just 3:19 of the second half.

Schroder said he didn’t understand the discipline and wanted a meeting to discuss it. Howard said such a conversation would not a bad thing. 

“Just us staying together is the bigger point,” Budenholzer said of his decision. “We’ve got to stay together and find a way to move on to the next play. Those things are important.”

As Schroder and Howard argued, the Warriors inbounded the ball and Stephen Curry quickly hit a 3-pointer. Budenholzer was heard to yell at Schroder “That’s what I’m talking about.”

“I don’t really know,” Schroder said when asked why he was benched. “I know the 3 from Steph Curry when me and Dwight was arguing was part of it. That can’t happen. I don’t understand coach’s decision. I want to be on the court. Maybe I’m too competitive. I’m just trying to be competitive and win games.”

He added he would like to meet with Budenholzer about the disciplinary action.

“We have to figure it out, me and coach,” Schroder said. “I want to talk about it. Dwight’s got to be in there too. Get on the same page.”

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Consitution

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Mike Budenholzer Suspended One Game For Making Contact With Referee

Mar 5, 2017 12:48 PM

Mike Budenholzer has been suspended for one game by the NBA for making contact with an official during Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers.

The incident occurred with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter of the Hawks’ 135-130 loss. The Hawks trailed 94-80 when LeBron James knocked Kent Bazemore to the ground on a drive and pull-up jump shot. Budenholzer argued the call and bumped official Brian Forte as he ran up court.

Budenholzer was issued a technical foul on the play, his fourth of the season.

“I fully understand and respect the decision of the NBA,” Budenholzer said in a statement released by the team. “I plan to reach out to Brian as soon as possible and intend to apologize for the contact that I made during last night’s game. The referees have the most difficult job on the court and do an outstanding job of managing the needs of the game, players and coaches. I accept the suspension, will learn from it and look forward to moving beyond this.”

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Hawks Claim Jose Calderon Off Waivers

Mar 4, 2017 5:33 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have claimed Jose Calderon off waivers. The Golden State Warriors signed Calderon and then immediately waived him to create a roster spot for Matt Barnes following the injury to Kevin Durant.

Calderon did not make any additional salary due to the Hawks claiming Calderon rather than waiting for him to clear waivers.

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Mike Dunleavy Has Right Ankle Synovitis

Mar 4, 2017 12:51 PM

Mike Dunleavy has been diagnosed with right ankle synovitis.

An MRI taken at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center on Feb. 28th revealed the injury and a second opinion by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute also confirmed the diagnosis.

Dunleavy will now undergo a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation and his status will be updated as appropriate.

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Hawks Plan On Adding Jose Calderon

Mar 3, 2017 12:12 PM

The Atlanta Hawks plan on adding Jose Calderon to their roster.

Atlanta can try to claim Calderon off waivers outright or sign him when he clears.

The Golden State Warriors signed Calderon and then immediately waived him in order to sign Matt Barnes.

Calderon remains playoff eligible.

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Hawks Interested In Jose Calderon

Mar 1, 2017 5:05 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have interest in signing Jose Calderon.

Calderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and then agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Following the injury to Kevin Durant, the Warriors followed through with their agreement to sign Calderon and then waived him.

Atlanta has Denis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney on their depth chart at point guard.

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Hawks Request Waivers On Lamar Patterson

Feb 26, 2017 6:35 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on Lamar Patterson

The team and Patterson agreed to his release to allow Patterson to address a personal matter.

Patterson was signed after the trade deadline.

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Hawks Suspend Dennis Schroder One Game After Delay Waiting For New Visa
Dennis Schroder told reporters Friday that he returned to his native Germany for the break but did not have a visa on his new passport.

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Hawks To Sign Lamar Patterson, Ryan Kelly For Remainder Of Season
Lamar Patterson and Ryan Kelly were with the Hawks earlier in the season.

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Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks.

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Hawks Trade Mike Scott To Suns
The deal generated a $3.3 million traded player exception for the Hawks.

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Hawks Trade Tiago Splitter, Two 2nd Rounders To 76ers For Ersan Ilyasova
The 76ers are finalizing a trade to send Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks for two second round picks and Tiago Splitter.

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Hawks On Record That Paul Millsap Won't Be Traded
Paul Millsap said Monday that he was relieved to know his immediate future with the latest acknowledgement.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hawks Uninterested In Making Major Deadline Move
The Hawks appeared close to dealing Paul Millsap shortly after New Year's before pulling him from the market.

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Hawks Sign Lamar Patterson To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Lamar Patterson has appeared in three games for the Hawks, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.8 minutes.

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Hawks Sign Lamar Patterson To 10-Day Contract
Lamar Patterson is ranked fourth in the D-League in scoring, 12th in assists and tied for 12th in steals.

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Teams Believe Hawks Will Revisit Paul Millsap Trade Talks
Paul Millsap will be a free agent in 2017 and the Hawks are reticent to let him leave without compensation.

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Pelicans, Hawks Held Exploratory Dwight Howard Trade Talks
The level of interest from New Orleans is unclear and there was not unanimous support within the organization in trading for Dwight Howard.

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Hawks Trade Mo Williams To Nuggets
The move gets the Nuggets closer to the salary floor with Mo Williams' $2.2 million salary.

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Hawks Expected To Sign Gary Neal To 10-Day Contract
Gary Neal played under Mike Budenholzer ‎when both were with the Spurs.

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RealGM Radio: Hawks With KL Chouinard
Host Danny Leroux and KL Chouinard of Hawks.com go in depth on the Atlanta Hawks.

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Wes Wilcox Disciplined By Hawks For Racial Remark At Season Ticket Event
Nzinga Shaw said Wes Wilcox's incident was taken "very seriously," and was optimistic that it wouldn't derail the positive things the Hawks have done of late.

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Hawks Tell Paul Millsap He Won't Be Traded
Paul Millsap said he's looking forward to focusing on basketball the rest of the season.

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Hawks Pull Paul Millsap From Trade Market
Wes Wilcox started informing teams Monday afternoon that the Hawks were no longer working to unload Paul Millsap.

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Mike Dunleavy Ready To Join Hawks
Mike Dunleavy has made peace with joining the Hawks after speaking with Mike Budenholzer about his role with the club.

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Warriors, Rockets Have Interest In Mike Dunleavy Jr. If Bought Out
The Warriors drafted Mike Dunleavy with the third overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.

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Magic Tried To Trade For Paul Millsap Before Doing Serge Ibaka Deal
The Magic have tried to acquire Paul Millsap in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

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