Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

According to Mercury News, the Warriors will look at Al Horford and Joakim Noah in free agency.

Noah will be the cheaper option, but both players would give the Warriors an upgrade at center. The report also adds that Hassan Whiteside could even be an option. The Warriors are obviously going to make Kevin Durant their No. 1 priority, and they will likely have to move on from Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli to have a shot at any of these big names.
Jun 24 - 1:31 PM

The Hawks have signed undrafted forward Matt Costello to a partially-guaranteed deal.

The Michigan State product will play for the Hawks at summer league and will also attend their training camp. He averaged 10.7 points, 8.2 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks on 56.1 percent shooting during his senior season.
Jun 24 - 1:00 PM

Even though the Hawks drafted two small forwards, they will still make re-signing Kent Bazemore a priority in free agency.

"I will say Kent Bazemore is absolutely a Hawks priority," general manager Wes Wilcox said after the draft. "We love Kent. He is a huge part of what we do. I don’t think there should be any confusion as to how important Kent is to us." The Hawks drafted two small forwards in the first round in Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry, but Wilcox said that he simply took the best player available with each pick.
Jun 24 - 12:13 PM

The Hawks selected Isaia Cordinier with the 44th pick on Thursday.

They got this pick from the Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jerian Grant deal last year. This 19-year-old shooting guard from France is going to need to put on some weight at just 177 pounds for the two, but he can play some point guard. He looked good against the weaker competition overseas and is one of the better shooters among the overseas prospects. His offensive skills could be really good down the line, though. Cordinier may play in Europe next year, but he could be someone to watch in a few years.
Jun 23 - 11:41 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have selected DeAndre Bembry with the No. 21 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Hawks were one team reported to have done extensive research on Bembry, so it's safe to say Atlanta got their man. Bembry is more of an old-school small forward, making just 26.6 percent from beyond the arc while taking 38.3 percent of his shots at the rim. He did put up some nice numbers at Saint Joseph’s, averaging 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks. If he can add a jumper, Bembry could be a solid rotation player. The Hawks could use some help on the wing, but Bembry's not a fantasy target in standard leagues and has an outlook that could be further impacted by Atlanta's offseason activity.
Jun 23 - 9:59 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have selected Taurean Prince with the No. 12 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

He’s a great story after being homeless when he was 12 years old. After four years at Baylor, Prince has the capability to contribute immediately. He’s a polished defender at 6’8" with a seven-foot wingspan. Prince is athletic with solid numbers at the combine, including a 34-inch no-step vertical. Even though he’s somewhat ready now, his upside in fantasy doesn’t look very promising, especially in Atlanta where the Hawks like to ease their rookies into the mix. According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks will not trade Prince and intend to keep him in the fold.
Jun 23 - 8:56 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

The Hawks will try to trade their two first-rounders to make re-signing Al Horford easier.

Interesting. The Hawks picked up the No. 12 pick in the Jeff Teague deal on Wednesday. The Hawks also traded their No. 19 pick in a basically salary dump, so this isn't a new trick for them. Horford might actually be on board with staying, and the Hawks making a trade on Thursday would be very revealing.
Jun 22 - 3:38 PM

Dennis Schroder is expected to see a big bump in playing time with Jeff Teague traded to the Pacers.

With Teague gone and the Hawks only getting the No. 12 pick back, Schroder should be looking at minutes in the upper 30s. Plus, this move makes it slightly less likely Al Horford is returning. Schroder put up a 31.6 usage rate in the postseason and was heavily involved while he was out there. In his six starts during the season, Schroder averaged 13.7 points, 3.8 boards, 5.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 treys on 38.8 percent from the field. He's not a great shooter, but Schroder should post huge stats for DFS and points leagues.
Jun 22 - 2:37 PM

The Spurs, Hawks and 76ers have all reportedly conducted extensive research on DeAndre Bembry.

Bembry is expected to go late in the first round, so he's in the range of all the aforementioned teams. The 6'6" forward is a solid playmaker who can guard multiple positions, although his jump shot needs some work. It's unlikely he'll make an immediate impact during his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 1:39 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

The Magic, Lakers and Pistons will reportedly go after Al Horford as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Horford is going to command plenty of attention as a free agent this offseason, so there's sure to be plenty more names added to this list. The Pistons seem like a bit of a strange fit with Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond already on the roster, and while the Lakers will be able to offer the prestige of a historic franchise, it's unclear if Horford is at all interested in going through a rebuild. The Magic also don't seem like a realistic option given where Horford is at in his career.
Jun 22 - 8:27 AM

Taurean Prince will participate in a workout with the Pacers on Wednesday.

Kellen Dunham, Jordan Loyd, Alex Poythress, Diamond Stone and Goodluck Okonoboh will also be in attendance for Wednesday's workout in Indiana. Prince is an above-the-rim kind of player and capable outside shooter who prides himself on defense. He's more of a role player as he's not great at creating his own shot or handling the rock, but he could be a nice fit in Indiana as Paul George's backup.
Jun 14 - 5:39 PM

Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) is still progressing ahead of schedule.

Splitter underwent season-ending surgery in February and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. "It’s great," Splitter said of his rehabilitation. "I’ve started to jog. I’ve started to do some stuff on the court. I’ve started to get my strength back. We are working each week on getting my strength back, speed, jumping onto boxes. It’s getting there." Splitter has a chance to open the season as the Hawks starting center if they're unable to re-sign Al Horford, but his fantasy value is limited after averaging 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.1 minutes in 2015-16.
Jun 14 - 12:51 PM

DeAndre Bembry did not participate in a workout for the Nuggets on Friday due to a sprained ankle.

Bembry has been working out for teams to this point without incident, so it sounds minor. The St. Joe's product is expected to go in the later part of the first round after averaging 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.9 treys in his freshman season.
Jun 10 - 2:37 PM

The Pelicans are expected to go after free agent Kent Bazemore.

This isn't a surprise. Even on top of all the injuries, perhaps no team needs a reliable small forward more than the Pelicans. They just agreed to a deal with Danny Ferry as an advisor, so Ferry will likely be a part of this pursuit. Bazemore is still just 26 and his career didn't really take off until he turned 23.
Jun 8 - 3:50 PM

Dennis Schroder will play for Germany this summer in the Eurobasket qualifiers.

On top of the extra work this summer, Schroder has a chance for a bigger role with the Hawks next year. The Hawks and 76ers are reportedly discussing a deal centered around Nerlens Noel and Jeff Teague. Schroder is a bit of a bull in a china shop, so he'll have to adapt to being less of a mistake-prone guard.
Source: Euro Hoops
Jun 8 - 3:41 PM


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