Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Walter Taveres is "very likely" to return to Spain for another ACB League season.

He was selected with the 43rd pick in the 2014 draft and the Hawks did have him at summer league. In his 16.8 minutes per game, he averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 boards and 1.5 blocks at Las Vegas.
Jul 28 - 12:15 PM

Paul Millsap has been invited to join Team USA during their six-day training camp in Las Vegas this week.

The team recently lost frontcourt players LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, prompting Team USA director to bring Millsap into the fold. With 19 players competing for 12 roster spots in this summer's FIBA World Cup, Millsap still faces a steep road to making the team.
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 4:19 PM

Adreian Payne is adjusting to the speed of the NBA game.

"Being able to shoot the ball translates to any level," said Payne. "But it’s a lot different with the speed of the game and the players are more athletic. So, I’m just trying to get more comfortable out there and trying to find the pace of the game, so the shots still come and I’m in rhythm." Payne is a talented player, but he's not likely to start out the 2014-15 season as a rotation player, taking him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 10:11 AM

The Hawks officially signed rookie Adreian Payne on Friday.

The Hawks took Payne with the No. 15 pick in the 2014 draft, and he officially became a member of the team on Friday. Payne spent four years at Michigan State, and finished his college career as the all-time leader for Michigan in blocked shots with 141. The talent is there for Payne, but he is joining a crowded frontcourt in Atlanta, and he will struggle to get minutes behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. He's not expected to be a rotation player at the start of the 2014-15 season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 4:19 PM

Restricted free agent Shelvin Mack has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $7.3 million deal to return to Atlanta.

Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 0.8 three-pointers a game during the 2013-14 season, and while his numbers don't jump off the page, he is a serviceable backup point guard. That being said, he is not on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 25 - 4:09 PM

Adreian Payne is finalizing his contract with the Hawks.

He played in every game at summer league, but was very inefficient. Payne played a lot like former Hawk Josh Smith, setting up from the basket from beyond 15 feet and relying on his jumper. He's a big guy at 6'10", 240 pounds, but he's said focusing on his jumper this offseason is a priority.
Jul 25 - 9:40 AM

Hawks rookie Adreian Payne said that he hopes to develop a more consistent jump shot.

"Coach wanted us to play defense, rebound and run the floor," Payne said. The Hawks aren't likely to thrust their No. 15 pick into a huge role immediately, and it was clear during Summer League that Payne will need some seasoning at the NBA level. He averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in Las Vegas, but shot only 37.5 percent from the field with 3.5 turnovers and 4.8 fouls in under 29 minutes per game.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 20 - 4:11 PM

Dennis Schroder ran the offense for the Hawks again on Saturday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, four turnovers and five fouls.

After a horrible start, Schroder was very good at scoring and spreading the ball around. It was his second impressive summer showing in a row and now he now has a better chance for minutes now that Lou Williams is north of the border. He's still not on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 19 - 8:26 PM

Mike Muscala scored 16 points with seven boards, two assists and one block in 26 minutes vs. the Rockets on Saturday.

He played well and entered today's game with averages of 13.4 points, 8.0 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 27.4 minutes over his previous five. Muscala still is buried on the depth chart and is no lock for minutes off the bat.
Jul 19 - 8:22 PM

Adreian Payne made 4-of-15 from the field for 11 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

He shot 1-of-8 from downtown and the Hawks really seem to be giving him the green light from out there. Payne shot at least four attempts from downtown in each of his six games in Vegas, which explains why his field goal percentage was below 40 percent in that span. He is at least a couple years away.
Jul 19 - 8:16 PM

John Jenkins (lower back surgery) went scoreless in eight minutes of action on Tuesday, and the Hawks rested him as a precaution in the second half.

Jenkins had two points, two assists and five fouls in 21 minutes during his Summer League debut on Saturday, but he's still working himself into game shape after a long rehabilitation. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the preseason but it's hard to envision him having reliable fantasy appeal.
Jul 15 - 6:27 PM

Adreian Payne had another rough showing on Tuesday with 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven boards, two fouls, two 3-pointers and seven turnovers.

He has been playing too far away from the basket and it's led to a lot of big mistakes. Payne isn't having a great time out there in Vegas and he'll really need to redefine himself if this week is any indication.
Jul 15 - 6:11 PM

Dennis Schroder played well vs. the Blazers on Tuesday with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, six turnovers and two fouls.

He is having no problem getting around defenders, but his fancy passing has been his undoing with too many turnovers. Schroder projects as a backup for the Hawks and could see minutes if Jeff Teague has to miss time.
Jul 15 - 6:01 PM

The Hawks acquired Thabo Sefolosha in a sign-and-trade with the Thunder, with OKC receiving a $4 million traded-player exception and the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis.

Sefolosha's deal is worth a reported $12 million over three years. In addition, the Hawks will get the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis and some cash. Needless to say, neither Printezis nor Schortsanitis need to be on fantasy owners' radars.
Jul 15 - 5:46 PM

The Hawks will not waive Pero Antic and his $1.25 million contract is now guaranteed.

He's been a nice stretch five for the Hawks, but he'll likely lose a lot of minutes now that Al Horford is healthy. Antic is basically just a tall shooter and he'll need some help to get minutes.
Jul 14 - 3:19 PM


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