Player News - Hawks

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Paul Millsap (right knee) was limited to free throw shooting during Tuesday's practice.

Millsap underwent a preventative knee procedure on September 22, although he's expected to be fully up to speed by October 13, so the minor procedure shouldn't impact his status for the regular-season opener. For what it's worth, Mike Muscala did run with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so in the unlikely event that Millsap's absence does extend into the regular-season, it looks like Muscala will be his fill-in. Millsap remains a strong first-round target.
Sep 27 - 4:30 PM

Paul Millsap said his knee "feels good right now."

"The decision [to have the procedure] came when there was constant swelling," Millsap said. "I would have swelling and I would rest it for a few days. It would go down but came right back when I got on [the court]." He's been remarkably durable in his career and hasn't missed a game due to knee issues since 2014. Although, he did have some knee issues in 2008-09. Millsap is still someone to target at the first turn of standard drafts.
Sep 26 - 5:32 PM

Dwight Howard said he still isn't sure what caused the illness that forced him to go to the hospital.

The Hawks originally reported that Howard was dehydrated, but the big man is speculating that it could've been food poisoning. Regardless, he was released from the hospital about two weeks ago and is obviously fine now, so it won't impact his status for training camp. He's a bounce-back candidate that's worth a look for any owner punting their free throw percentage.
Sep 26 - 3:50 PM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer called rookie DeAndre Bembry a "very, very smart" basketball player.

"His basketball mind is beyond his years," the head coach said. "There is an athleticism, a pop, to him that is kind of under the radar. He fits us well. He can pass. He has a really high I.Q. I think he’s going to be good." Although the praise should be taken with a grain of salt with training camp about to get underway, it's certainly worth noting.
Sep 24 - 2:24 PM

Hawks rookie Taurean Prince has made an early impression on head coach Mike Budenholzer.

"Taurean, I think he has made a great first impression in the months since we drafted him," Budenholzer said. "To have the kind of size and physicality at the small forward position, is something we are hoping to work with, grow and develop. He can do a little bit of everything. Offensively, we have to continue to grow him and work with him but there is a lot there to work with. Defensively, he gets after it. He kind of fits that there is going to be more of an edge, a physicality, to our team between Dwight [Howard], Dennis [Schroder] and Taurean, that’s a big infusion of edge, toughness and physicality." The first-round pick is worth monitoring during training camp, but he's not on the fantasy radar yet.
Sep 24 - 2:21 PM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said "it's almost not fair" to call Malcolm Delaney a rookie.

"He is a rookie who has played in the Euroleague final four. He’s played at the highest level in Europe and been one of the top guards over there," Bud said. "His demeanor and his understanding of the game, we feel really good about his addition. We have so much respect for European basketball. What he has done over there, to add that to our team, we are very hopeful he is somebody who is going to help us." Delaney has clearly made an early impression, but it's hard to see him pushing for relevance in the majority of fantasy formats.
Sep 24 - 2:18 PM

Paul Millsap recently underwent a "preventive knee procedure" and is expected to miss three weeks.

Millsap's right knee flared up during some 5-on-5 games at voluntary workouts, and while he didn't need surgery, a procedure was performed to remove "mild swelling." The good news is that he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he will not participate in the first two games of the preseason. His status will be updated in three weeks, but this shouldn't impact his stock too much heading into fantasy drafts.
Sep 22 - 6:27 PM

Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) will not be a full participant to start training camp according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

"He is doing well," Budenholzer said. "You always are optimistic that [recovery time] is on the shorter end. I’ve told him, and he knows, we are always going to err on the side of caution. Easing him into camp and easing him into exhibition games. To some degree the next week to 10 days will tell us more." If Jack is able to be cleared in time for the season opener, he will be the favorite to win the backup PG job behind Dennis Schroder.
Sep 22 - 2:44 PM

Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) will be ready for training camp according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

"With Tiago, everyone is really happy with his progress," Budenholzer said. "With the hip, if you are just talking specifically about the hip, everybody feels like it couldn’t be going much better. Now, it’s getting all the muscles and everything that goes into being ready to play up to speed. We are expecting him to participate in camp, maybe not at 100 percent participation but significant." This also means Splitter should be ready for opening night where he will see minutes in the teens backing up Dwight Howard off the bench.
Sep 22 - 2:39 PM

Hawks sign F Ryan Kelly to a non-guaranteed contract.

Kelly appeared in 147 games over three seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 13.1 minutes over 36 games last season. The Hawks have plenty of depth at power forward and center (Paul Millsap, Kris Humphries, Mike Scott, Mike Muscala, Dwight Howard, Tiago Splitter, Walter Tavares) so it is unlikely Kelly makes Atlanta's final 15-man roster. Even if he does, Kelly won't have fantasy value.
Sep 17 - 9:34 AM

Hawks sign G Will Bynum.

It's just a camp deal, but Bynum does have a chance to make the roster. He's 33 years old, so he's unlikely to have fantasy value regardless.
Sep 16 - 10:38 PM

The Hawks have reportedly signed Richard Solomon to a training camp deal.

Atlanta already has 15 guaranteed deals on the books for the upcoming season, and with plenty of depth at the power forward position, it would be surprising to see Solomon last past camp.
Sep 15 - 5:55 PM

Will Bynum worked out for the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Bynum is scheduled to work out for another unnamed team on Thursday, so it's looking likely that the 33-year-old will find himself an NBA camp invite after playing in China last season. Even if Bynum earns himself a job, he won't have any any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Sep 15 - 9:31 AM

Thabo Sefolosha believes that Dennis Schroder will be "great" during his first year as the Hawks' full-time starting point guard.

"Dennis has an incredible talent," Sefolosha said. "He’s going to be great. He’s going to be the point guard. It’s going to be tough. I think we are all going to help him. I think it’s a tough position to be so young and to have so much on your shoulders. I think it’s going to be on all of us to help him." Consistency will likely be an issue for the 23-year-old, but he could also be in for a career-year as Atlanta's future point guard. There's nothing wrong with taking him towards the later rounds.
Sep 13 - 4:04 PM

Richard Solomon will work out for the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 24-year-old will hope to earn a camp invite with the Hawks, but would still be a longshot to make their final roster and won't have any 2016-17 fantasy value.
Source: Sportando
Sep 13 - 9:12 AM


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