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Hawks Hire Josh Longstaff As Head Coach Of G-League Affiliate

Jul 25, 2017 1:53 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have named Josh Longstaff as Head Coach of the Erie BayHawks, the organization’s NBA G-League affiliate.

“Josh is a tremendous communicator and has shown the ability to build productive relationships with young players. His passion and knowledge of player development fits in perfectly with the program we are building in Erie as well as Atlanta,” Rose said.  “We’re excited to be able to add a young coach of his caliber to the organization.”

Longstaff, 34, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks after beginning his NBA coaching career with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2010-14), first serving as Player Personnel and Video Coordinator for one year before being promoted to Video Analyst and Player Development Coach.  While a member of the Thunder staff, he helped Oklahoma City to four straight playoff appearances, including the 2011-12 Western Conference title as well as two conference finals appearances.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a great organization,” Longstaff said.  “I’m thrilled and humbled to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a head coach on the professional level.”

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Hawks Claim Nicolas Brussino Off Waivers

Jul 22, 2017 10:49 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have claimed guard/forward Nicolas Brussino off waivers

He was waived by the Dallas Mavericks on July 20.

Brussino, 6’8, appeared in 54 games as a rookie last season with the Mavericks, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.6 minutes. He also spent time with the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, averaging 16.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.8 minutes (.628 FG%, .520 3FG%, .842 FT%) in five contests.

Prior to Dallas, the 24-year-old played professionally in his native Argentina with Penarol (2015-16) and Regatas Corrientes (2012-15). He has also been a member of the Argentinian National Team since 2012, including participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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John Collins Used Summer League To Prove He Should Have Been Picked Higher

Jul 17, 2017 1:44 PM

John Collins fell to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 19 in the 2017 NBA Draft and he had an excellent Summer League.

Collins ranks second in Summer League in PER at 32.5.

“I wanted to prove that I should have went higher,” Collins said. “Not to say that I’m not happy with the spot I’ve fallen. I’ve fallen to great spot, a great organization, the fans love me. I have a great opportunity here, which I’m blessed for. But I want to show everybody, I feel like I should have gone number one. Maybe that isn’t realistic. But I want to prove to everybody that I should have went higher. I’ve been overlooked most of my career. So I’m kind of happy, because it gives me that same energy, that same fear and drive.”

Collins was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2017 as well as the conference's Most Improved Player.

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Hawks Pull Offer To Mo Speights

Jul 16, 2017 6:47 PM

The Atlanta Hawks backed out of an offer to Mo Speights.

Speights and the Hawks had been in talks over the past week.

Speights opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers to become a free agent.

The Hawks signed Dewayne Dedmon in free agency to play center after trading away Dwight Howard.

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Ersan Ilyasova, Hawks Agree Upon One-Year, $6M Deal

Jul 13, 2017 12:18 AM

Ersan Ilyasova has agreed upon a one-year, $6 million with the Atlanta Hawks.

Ilyasova finished the 17-18 season with the Hawks following a deadline deal from the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Dewayne Dedmon Agrees To Two-Year, $14M Deal With Hawks

Jul 11, 2017 10:31 PM

Dewayne Dedmon has agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Dedmon will also receive a player option for Year 2 of the deal.

In a breakout season with the San Antonio Spurs, Dedmon averaged 17.5 minutes, 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 games.

Dedmon also signed a two-year deal with the Spurs last offseason.

Travis Schlenk is familiar with Dedmon from their time with the Warriors.

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Hawks Won't Match Tim Hardaway Jr.'s Offer Sheet With Knicks

Jul 8, 2017 12:25 PM

The Atlanta Hawks will not match the four-year, $71 million offer sheet Tim Hardaway Jr. signed with the New York Knicks.

Hardaway will receive a player option in the final year of the deal.

Hardaway was drafted by the Knicks with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Michigan and was traded to the Hawks after his second season for a first round pick that became Jerian Grant.

Hardaway averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.3 minutes per game last season with the Hawks.

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Jamal Crawford Bought Out By Hawks, Receiving Interest From Cavs, Wizards, Wolves

Jul 7, 2017 7:25 PM

Jamal Crawford has been bought out by the Atlanta Hawks following his trade to the team by the Los Angeles Clippers.

David Aldridge of reports Crawford figures to receive interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Crawford no longer have mutual interest.

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Hawks Agree Upon Two-Year, $10M Deal With Mike Muscala

Jul 7, 2017 1:51 PM

Mike Muscala has agreed upon a two-year, $10 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Muscala will have a player option for Year 2 of the deal.

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Hawks Hire Chris Jent As Assistant Coach

Jul 7, 2017 1:40 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have added Chris Jent as an assistant coach.

Jent, who spent last season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State, is a veteran NBA coach, having been on staff with the Philadelphia 76ers (2003-04), Orlando Magic (2004-05, including a stint as interim head coach), Cleveland Cavaliers (2006-11) and Sacramento Kings (2013-14).

He served as head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA G League in 2015-16.

“Chris is a great fit with our coaching staff. Player development is at the core of our basketball program and he has a track record of improving players’ skill level and understanding of the game at every level,” Budenholzer said. “His experiences as a coach and former player will add to our group.”

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Jamal Crawford Unlikely To Join Lakers, Expected Interest From Wolves, Cavs, Wizards
The Lakers and Jamal Crawford have cooled their mutual interest.

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Nerlens Noel Receives Interest From Hawks
Nerlens Noel is a restricted free agent, which will allow the Mavericks to match any offer sheet.

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Clippers Agree To Danilo Gallinari Sign-And-Trade On Three-Year, $65M Deal
The Clippers have agreed to trade Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and Houston's 2018 first round pick to Atlanta in sign-and-trade for Danilo Gallinari.

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Jamal Crawford Prefers To Sign With Lakers
The Lakers have interest in signing Jamal Crawford on a one-year deal at a significant salary.

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Warriors Likely To Sign Either Jamal Crawford Or Nick Young

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Danilo Gallinari Likely To Join Clippers In Sign-And-Trade With Nuggets, Hawks
The Hawks will receive Jamal Crawford and likely Houston's 2018 first round pick from the Clippers.

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Nuggets Considered Favorites To Sign Paul Millsap
The Suns and Wolves are considered unlikely to sign Paul Millsap.

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Hawks Request Waivers On Mike Dunleavy
Mike Dunleavy played in 30 games with the Hawks, averaging 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.8 minutes.

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Adam Silver Suggested Bucks Consider Hiring Danny Ferry
Danny Ferry is currently a consultant for the Pelicans and was open to discussing the job but never formally interviewed.

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Paul Millsap Has Discussed Sign-And-Trade With Hawks
Paul Millsap is unlikely to return to the Hawks this offseason as they pivot towards a rebuild.

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Hawks Trade Ryan Kelly To Rockets For Cash Considerations
The Rockets have been acquiring non-guaranteed contracts as part of their trade machinations.

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Hawks Extend Qualifying Offer To Tim Hardaway Jr.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Hawks were never close to an extension last year.

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Hawks Seeking Paul Millsap Sign-And-Trade Interest From Suns, Kings, Nuggets
There was reportedly a revolt in the Hawks' locker room when they put Paul Millsap on the trading block in the middle of the season.

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Hornets Acquire Dwight Howard From Hawks
Dwight Howard signed with the Hawks during the 2016 offseason.

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Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Jazz, Clippers, Bulls, Wolves, Hawks
Andre Iguodala could command as much as $20 million annually on the open market.

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Hawks Concede Paul Millsap Could Get Better Offers On Open Market
The Hawks are unlikely to make a full max offer to Paul Millsap in free agency.

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Al Horford, Hawks Were Strikingly Close On Contract Terms
The Hawks could have offered a five-year, $153 million max deal, but their best offer was a five-year, $136 million deal.

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Bucks Have Justin Zanik, Wes Wilcox, Arturas Karnisovas As GM Finalists
Milwaukee co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens will play the key roles in making the hire.

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Dwight Howard Working On Three-Pointer In Offseason
Dwight Howard is hoping to prolong his career by shooting three-pointers.

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Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Suns, Wolves, Hawks
Andre Iguodala is expected to receive interest from a number of teams in free agency.

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