Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

The Hawks are reportedly in talks to bring back unrestricted free agent Elton Brand.

Brand is a solid locker room guy, but his days of being a fantasy stat stuffer are far behind him. Whether Brand plays for a 16th season or not, he shouldn't be targeted in any league.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 31 - 9:36 AM

Unrestricted free agent Gustavo Ayon has reportedly received interest from the Spurs.

Ayon has also received a contract offer from a Chinese team, but he has stated he wants to wait until after the FIBA World Cup before making a decision on where he will play next year. Ayon averaged 4.3 points, and 4.8 rebounds through 17 minutes of action with the Hawks last season, and considering he would likely see even less time on the floor in SA, owners can safely ignore him come draft day.
Aug 29 - 6:51 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have officially announced the re-signing of Mike Scott.

Scott's deal will be for $10 million over three years as the 26-year-old re-joins the Hawks as a bench option behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Scott showed potential in averaging 9.6 points, 3.6 boards, and 0.8 treys in 2013-14, but he won't hold much fantasy value unless Millsap or Horford go down with an injury.
Aug 26 - 12:53 PM

Walter Taveres has decided to spend the 2014-15 season with Herbalife Gran Canaria of Spain's ACB League.

Taveres averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in six games with the Hawks during Las Vegas Summer League after being selected with the 43rd pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. The 7'3" center has only been playing basketball for five years, so another season of growth overseas should help the 22-year-old develop his game to be more NBA-ready.
Aug 26 - 11:50 AM

Free agent Gustavo Ayon has received a contract offer from a team in China, but it's uncertain if he's drawn any interest in the NBA.

Ayon still sounds interested in the NBA, saying, "It is where I will play my best." He admitted that injuries have "hurt [his] game and career" over the past few years, however, and at the moment he's focused on staying healthy throughout the FIBA World Cup. His decision on where to play next season does not sound imminent.
Aug 24 - 9:21 PM

Kyle Korver was cut from Team USA on Friday night.

He may be the best pure shooter in the NBA, but guys like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry aren't too bad and offer a little more to their games. Korver's streak of 127 consecutive games with a 3-pointer is going to be one of the toughest records to break and he'll also have solid mid-round value as a specialist in standard leagues.
Aug 23 - 10:41 AM

The Hawks have officially re-signed Shelvin Mack.

"Shelvin has proven himself to be an excellent fit in our program," GM Danny Ferry said. "On the court, he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of unselfishness that we truly value." Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 0.8 three-pointers as the Hawks backup point guard last season, and while he is a serviceable backup, he's not in the conversation for standard league consideration.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 4:12 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 20 points with seven assists in Germany's loss to Poland on Wednesday.

He had some tremendous games at Las Vegas Summer League and could be coming around. The Hawks knew they were getting a project in the 20-year-old guard, but he's still likely at least a season away from reliable fantasy value, especially with the Hawks bringing back Shelvin Mack.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 4:13 PM

DeMarre Carroll explained in a recent interview why he draws a heart on the floor before checking into games.

"When I was five years old, my older brother, DeLonte, passed away from a brain tumor," said Carroll. "He was only nine years old. I still think about him all the time... Every time I check into a game, when I walk up to the scorer's table, I draw a heart on the floor for him and then I kiss it before I go into the game. He's very big in my life." DeMarre had a breakout season with the Hawks last year, averaging 11.1 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals a game while shooting a stellar 47.0 percent from the field. He's someone to target in the later rounds.
Aug 15 - 6:46 PM

Thabo Sefolosha will not play for Switzerland's national team during this summer's qualifying games for EuroBasket.

The Swiss team surprisingly defeated Russia in their first game but they'll have to continue the success without Sefolosha, who doesn't want to risk getting injured. His fantasy outlook is bleak as a backup SG for the Hawks, who signed him this summer for $12 million over three years.
Source: Volksblatt
Aug 12 - 4:53 PM

Kyle Korver has been relishing his time spent with the US Team, and he has a decent shot of making the final 12-man roster.

"It's kind of cool that [this opportunity] kind of comes more towards the end," said Korver, who shot an NBA-best .472 from three-point range last season. "This is my 12th year coming up and I've never really been a part of stuff like this so it's kind of special to me. I take it serious." Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski has made it no secret that he's a big fan of Korver, and he has stated on multiple occasions that Korver has a good chance to make the team, specifically because he'd provide great veteran leadership for the younger guys on the roster.
Source: ESPN
Aug 11 - 3:36 PM

Paul Millsap was one of three players cut from Team USA's roster this week, along with John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Millsap was a late addition to the team, which had a few key frontcourt players decline to participate, but he was never expected to make the final 12-man roster. Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried are still holding down the PF spot, though Faried may not make the final cut -- Coach K isn't shy about using small lineups vs. international competition.
Aug 5 - 3:01 PM

Lamar Patterson has signed with Tofas Bursa of the Turkish Basketball League.

Patterson was taken with the 48th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but will spend at least the next year fine-tuning his game in Turkey. While he averaged 17.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists as senior with the University of Pittsburgh, he won't hold any fantasy value until he returns to the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Aug 5 - 12:57 PM

The Hawks have hired Neven Spahija as an assistant coach.

"Neven is one of the most successful coaches in Europe and we’re thrilled to add him to our staff," said Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. "As an organization, we have great respect for international basketball and we will benefit tremendously from his perspective and his wealth of experience."
Aug 4 - 5:22 PM

Gustavo Ayon wants to wait until after the FIBA World Cup to make a decision on which team he'll play for next season.

He said he's rejected some offers from teams, so it would appear he wants to try and boost his value on the court later this month. Ayon's shoulder injury limited him to just 26 games with the Hawks last season and he hasn't played more than 17 minutes per game since his rookie season. Big men do tend to get bigger contracts, but Ayon will really have to impress in order to get a multiple-year, guaranteed deal.
Aug 4 - 9:06 AM


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