Hawks Rumors & News

  • Assistant GM Michael Blackstone leaving Hawks, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "Atlanta Hawks assistant general manager Michael Blackstone is leaving the organization according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore. Blackstone spent just one season with the Hawks and had the working title of executive vice president/sports practice director. Per..." July 27

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Tiago Splitter seems to be moving well

    Peachtree Hoops "Tiago Splitter had season-ending hip surgery in late February and played appeared in just 36 games in his first season for the Atlanta Hawks. Splitter’s rehab appears to be going well and he has been chronicling his rehab via his Instragram account. Splitter appears to be moving well,..." July 23

  • Jae Crowder told Al Horford not to sign with the Wizards because they couldn’t beat Celtics

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder knows the Boston Celtics — with newly acquired big man Al Horford in tow — are going to be much better next season, and he knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest obstacle that stands in the team's path to through the playoffs. He also knows that, as currently..." July 23

  • Dwight Howard Told Beyonce He Sang Her Songs to Help Him Shoot Free Throws

    NESN "Perhaps if Beyoncé made more songs, Dwight Howard would be a better free-throw shooter. Like many big men, Howard has struggled from the free-throw line throughout his NBA career. One of the many tricks he employed with hopes of improving shooting from the free-throw line was singing Beyonce..." July 22

  • Should the Hawks Trade Paul Millsap?

    Peachtree Hoops "When Chris Haynes reported the Hawks and Suns had spoken about a potential Millsap trade for a draft pick package, it made sense financially, at the time, to make room for Al Horford and Dwight Howard. Even after Horford signed with Boston later that day, a trade involving Millsap still could make..." July 21

  • Hawks sign Matt Costello to two-year, non-guaranteed contract

    Peachtree Hoops "After an up-and-down week in Las Vegas, Matt Costello has a home with the Atlanta Hawks... at least for the time being. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported prior to Summer League that Costello would go the training camp with the Hawks, and recently, word broke that the..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Hawks relieve Ferrell of alumni, radio duties

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Duane Ferrell was let go by the Hawks organization last week as the team ended its working relationship with their former player, according to several people familiar with the situation. Ferrell served as the player relations and programs manager in the basketball operations department until..." July 18

  • Dwight Howard on Why it Doesn’t Matter How He Ended Up With 5 Kids by 5 BMs

    Black Sports Online "For the longest time Dwight Howard only publicly claimed one child. After he was spotted in a hospital delivery room with the girlfriend he never claimed (she is an ex-girlfriend now) he had to acknowledge a second child while with the Rockets. Shortly after that a third kid was..." July 18

  • Dwight Howard explains why he chose No. 8 with Hawks

    Larry Brown Sports "After wearing No. 12 throughout his entire NBA career, Dwight Howard has chosen a different jersey number as he begins a new chapter with the Atlanta Hawks. He said after signing with the Hawks that his new number would be deeply significant, and the No. 8 he chose is clearly just that. In an..." July 17

  • Atlanta artist honors Dwight Howard with welcome home mural

    The Score "Dwight Howard is back in his hometown of Atlanta and ready to start the next chapter of his career after inking a three-year, $70.5-million contract with the Hawks. In honor of Howard's homecoming, Atlanta artist H Dawg created this mural in his likeness: " July 17

  • Howard looks to his roots to nourish him again

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The first week of the Dwight Howard Homecoming clearly and cleverly has laid down the baseline for what his Hawks career could be, if handled by the right author. The essential elements of the perfect story are all there: Native big man leaves home still a child in many ways as the NBA’s first..." July 17

  • Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard don't fit well together. That's a problem for the Hawks

    SB Nation "The Atlanta Hawks had an eventful offseason. They traded Jeff Teague before the draft, lost Al Horford to the Boston Celtics in free agency, landed Dwight Howard to replace him and brought back Kent Bazemore after his breakout season. There will be a mix of familiar faces and new additions next..." July 16

  • Kings Claim Lamar Patterson Off Waivers

    Hoops Rumors "The Kings have claimed Lamar Patterson off waivers from the Hawks, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports (Twitter link). As a result, Sacramento will assume responsibility for the $874,636 he is due for 2016/17. Atlanta waived Patterson on Tuesday. It’s a low-risk move..." July 14

  • Dwight Howard says he's not a 'cancer'

    Orlando Sentinel "Former Magic center Dwight Howard says he’s not a locker room “cancer” as a teammate and added that another former Orlando player – Grant Hill – persuaded him to return to his hometown of Atlanta as a free agent. In an interview with ESPN after signing a three-year, $70.5 million deal, Howard..." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Lamar Patterson waived by Atlanta Hawks, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "The Atlanta Hawks suddenly have a roster crunch, and the team reportedly took the first step in alleviating it on Tuesday afternoon. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Hawks have parted ways with guard Lamar Patterson. Patterson, who was a second round pick in..." July 12

  • Hawks forward Mike Scott pleads not guilty to felony drug charges

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Hawks forward Mike Scott pled not guilty to a pair of felony drug charges on Tuesday. Scott was formally charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule 1 drug by the Banks County district attorney’s office stemming from his arrest in July 2015. The four-year NBA player..." July 12

  • Al Horford opens up about his decision to leave Atlanta

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It wasn’t an easy decision for Al Horford. After spending all nine of his NBA seasons with the Hawks, the four-time All-Star center signed with the Celtics as an unrestricted free agent this month. In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, Horford spoke about a..." July 12

  • Kris Humphries agrees to return to Hawks

    Peachtree Hoops "The Kris Humphries era in Atlanta isn’t quite yet over. The veteran forward will be returning for another season with the Hawks, after coming over from the Washington Wizards and playing in 21 games for the Hawks last season. Per The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Humphries and the Hawks have..." July 12

  • Jarrett Jack, Hawks Agree To One-Year Deal For Vet's Minimum

    Real GM Basketball "Jarrett Jack and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. Jack is coming back from a torn ACL." July 11

  • Jeff Teague on Pacers Trade, Hawks Exit, Expectations

    Basketball Insiders "The Indiana Pacers have been extremely busy this offseason, adding veterans like Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson to a core that already includes Paul George, Monta Ellis, Myles Turner and C.J. Miles among others. Team president Larry Bird also replaced long-time head coach Frank Vogel..." July 11

  • Hawks likely seeking third point guard option, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "For a few days, the Atlanta Hawks employed exactly one point guard. Jeff Teague was flipped to the Indiana Pacers as part of a three-team deal that netted the Hawks the number 12 overall pick that became Taurean Prince, and until Atlanta came to reported terms with former Virginia Tech and..." July 07

  • Report: Hawks discussed Millsap trade with Raptors, Rockets

    The Score "With Al Horford having yet to decide whether he was going to re-sign with the franchise or not, the Atlanta Hawks, if only for a short period of time, tossed around the idea of trading All-Star power forward Paul Millsap. Two teams Atlanta discussed deals with were the Toronto Raptors and..." July 07

  • Hawks Preferred Horford Over Millsap In Part Due To $9M Difference In 17-18 Salary

    Real GM Basketball "The Atlanta Hawks' preferred plan in the offseason was to sign Dwight Howard, re-sign Al Horford and trade away Paul Millsap. The Hawks would retain a quality frontcourt in signing Howard and Horford while collecting assets by trading away Millsap. Atlanta preferred Horford on his contract..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Howard: I want to bring a championship home

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Dwight Howard is dreaming big. The eight-time All-Star center wants a title for his hometown. Howard agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks of Friday. He cannot sign a contract until after the NBA moratorium ends on Thursday. “I want to do whatever I can to bring a..." July 06

  • Korver: It wasn’t easy for Horford to leave Atlanta

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It wasn’t easy for Al Horford to leave Atlanta. This according to Kyle Korver, his Hawks teammate and one of several sounding boards Horford called on throughout the process of free agency. The two had several phone conversations before Horford agreed to a contract with the Celtics last..." July 06

  • Report: Denver Nuggets seeking trade for Paul Millsap

    Denver Stiffs "The Denver Nuggets have contacted the Atlanta Hawks about trading for All-Star power forward Paul Millsap, according to a report by ESPN reporter Zach Lowe. The Nuggets were mentioned in the following paragraph: Presti doesn't want to trade Westbrook, but if he feels backed into a corner, he..." July 05

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Atlanta Hawks sign guard Malcolm Delaney, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "The Atlanta Hawks have officially made their first splash since Al Horford verbally agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics, and it comes in guard Malcolm Delaney. The Hawks agreed to a two-year guaranteed deal with the guard, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Delaney played his..." July 03

  • Al Horford Purportedly Chose Boston Over Atlanta Because Of Dwight Howard And An Empty Arena

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Free Agency season is upon us, and the Fourth of July Weekend wasn’t very relaxing for basketball scribes. That’s because the moratorium period has seen a bevy of agreements already, and the biggest move so far, at least in terms of ripple effects elsewhere in free agency, has to be Al..." July 03

  • Horford didn't want to wait on Durant, 'didn't want to play with Dwight'

    CBS Sports "It was a coup for the Boston Celtics on Saturday, landing an agreement with free-agent Al Horford as Danny Ainge began cashing in the truckload of assets left over from the Big Three era in Boston. Ainge isn't finished, clearly. But it's worth pausing and recognizing the enormity of the deal..." July 03

  • Hawks won't trade Millsap after losing Horford

    Peachtree Hoops "The fallout from Al Horford’s decision to leave the Atlanta Hawks for the Boston Celtics could be far-reaching, but All-Star power forward Paul Millsap looks to be staying put in Atlanta. Brian Windhorst reports that Millsap will be pulled off the trade market, and that is the right move from..." July 03

  • Horford picks Boston; agent says 4 years, $113M

    CBS Sports "The Boston Celtics have their star. Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that free agent Al Horford agreed to a four-year, $113 million deal with the Celtics on Saturday. With the move, Boston not only secures an All-Star center, but possibly moves into pole position for Kevin Durant, who is expected..." July 03

  • Bondy: Kris Humphries to the Nets a 'strong possibility'

    Nets Daily "We mentioned this earlier in the day, but it's starting to sound like Kris Humphries returning to the Brooklyn Nets is becoming a real possibility. Earlier in the day, Shams Charania reported that the Nets were one of 8-10 teams looking into Humphries. And, as you may recall, Humphries and the..." July 02

  • Hawks exploring trade options with Paul Millsap and Al Horford, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly continuing to explore options with their current roster. Atlanta made a big splash on Day 1 of the free agent period by agreeing to deals with Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore. Now they are searching for options for rounding out their roster. The biggest question..." July 02

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • Al Horford to make free agency decision by tonight, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "After a hectic first day of NBA free agency, we should hear one more splash in relation to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night. Al Horford is expected to make his decision on where he will play basketball next season tonight, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore...." July 02

  • Al Horford reportedly not happy with Dwight Howard signing

    Peachtree Hoops "The Atlanta Hawks moved quickly and secured an agreement with Dwight Howard on Monday. While the move has been received positively for the most part, one of the team’s pending free agents might not have been thrilled with the move. WSB’s Zach Klein reports that Al Horford was not happy about..." July 02

  • Celtics, Wizards front-runners for Al Horford

    Yahoo! Sports "The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have emerged as the frontrunners to sign free-agent big man Al Horford, and a final decision is expected Saturday night, league sources told The Vertical. Horford could sign a four-year, $113 million maximum contract to leave the Atlanta..." July 02

  • Al Horford has plenty of options, but none of them seem to involve the Hawks

    Washington Post "As the first day of NBA free agency began to draw to a close, Al Horford became the focus of everyone’s attention. The four-time NBA all-star seems destined to leave the Atlanta Hawks, the only team he’s ever played for, after they put forth an active first day of free agency. The Hawks signed..." July 02

  • Sources: Kent Bazemore to return to Hawks

    Yahoo! Sports "Free-agent guard Kent Bazemore has reached an agreement on a four-year, $70 million deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told The Vertical. The fourth year of the deal is a player option, sources said. With the Hawks reaching deals with Dwight Howard and now Bazemore, it could..." July 02

  • Dwight Howard signs three-year contract with Hawks

    SI "Free agent Dwight Howard has signed a three-year, $70.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical. The 30-year-old center, who is from Atlanta, has played the past three seasons for the Houston Rockets, where he reportedly clashed with James Harden. He..." July 01

  • Arraignment date set for Hawks’ Scott

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Mike Scott has an arraignment date of July 12 stemming from his arrest on felony drug charges last year. A notice of arraignment filed with the Banks County Superior Court calls for an 8:30 a.m. hearing on the date. At that time, Scott will be formally advised of the charges against him and..." July 01

  • Celtics Considering Kris Humphries After Three Main Targets

    NESN "The Boston Celtics reportedly still are focusing on making a big splash, but they are weighing all their options — including Kris Humphries. Yes, you read that right. The Celtics’ main priority is going after free agents Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Dwight Howard, sources told CSNNE.com’s A...." July 01

  • Horford reportedly meeting with Rockets

    Larry Brown Sports "With some Durant-sized fish stealing all the thunder (no pun intended), Al Horford’s free agency has found itself somewhat overshadowed. But the Houston Rockets certainly haven’t forgotten about him. According to a report by Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops on Thursday, Horford will be having a..." June 30

  • Isaiah Thomas: Al Horford 'very serious' about Boston Celtics in free agency

    Mass Live "Al Horford is "very serious" about the potential of signing with the Boston Celtics, at least according to the biased Isaiah Thomas. On the eve of free agency, Thomas has made the media rounds, reiterating his desire to bring Kevin Durant to Boston. But Thomas has been open about that before...." June 30

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