Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Elton Brand said during his exit interview that he will take several weeks before making a decision on whether or not he will return for a 17th season.

"I’ll see if I have another year of trying to get prepared and what it takes to be on an NBA roster," Brand said. "There is a lot of work you have to put in… After two or three weeks, I’ll know. See if I have that itch." Brand will offer veteran leadership to any team's roster, but his days of fantasy relevancy are long behind him.
May 28 - 5:04 PM

Shelvin Mack will be sidelined for the next 3-4 months with a Grade 5 separation of the right shoulder that will require surgery.

Mack sustained the injury during the closing minutes of Game 4's season-ending loss to the Cavs, and he's scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday. He'll have plenty of time to get ready for training camp, but as the third-string point guard in Atlanta, his fantasy value is right around zero.
May 28 - 4:53 PM

Paul Millsap said that he will require shoulder surgery this offseason, just rest.

Millsap is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's sure to have no shortage of suitors. He's put together a strong two years in Atlanta, and he finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 47.6 percent shooting from the field. Regardless of what uniform he's wearing next season, he's a safe bet to put up early-round value for his across-the-board contributions to the stat sheet.
May 28 - 3:38 PM

DeMarre Carroll is reportedly interested in joining the New York Knicks.

Carroll is set to become a free agent this summer and reportedly would like to play for Knicks head coach Derek Fisher as the two used to work out together during the offseason. The Knicks have plenty of cap space to use, but won't be the only suitor for Carroll so we'll have to loop back on this one. Wherever he ends up, Carroll represents a solid mid-to-late round fantasy option after averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 three-pointers in the playoffs.
Source: NY Post
May 28 - 9:25 AM

Shelvin Mack will have surgery on his right shoulder.

The Hawks are really, really banged up with the season ending. Mack separated his shoulder and the surgery should take place next week. He'll be nothing more than a backup next season.
May 27 - 9:37 PM

Kyle Korver had right ankle surgery on Wednesday and will be out for three months.

He had surgery to repair ligament damage and should be back for training camp. Teams took a different approach on Korver during the postseason and did a much better job being aware of where he was without the ball. It'll be interesting to see if teams use this strategy next season. Korver is still going to be a middle-round target in fantasy leagues next season.
May 27 - 9:36 PM

Coach Mike Budenholzer said he's excited with the current Hawks team.

"This team has done a lot, and we have a lot of confidence in this team," Budenholzer said. "We'll look to improve and look to get better, but bringing back this team would excite us, excite me. It's a hell of a group." The Hawks are confident that they'll be able to bring back Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll in July. Carroll earned himself some money while Millsap will be close to a max guy.
Source: USA Today
May 27 - 4:46 PM

DeMarre Carroll, who suffered a sprained knee during the series vs. the Cavaliers, was also dealing with turf toe.

Carroll said that if the injury happened during the regular season that he probably would have missed three to four weeks. He also added that he couldn't put any pressure on his left leg and couldn't get any elevation when he jumped, so it shows just how tough of a player he really is. The good news is that surgery will not be required for either injury, and he should be fine with some rest this summer. Carroll is set to become a free agent, and the Hawks will have plenty of competition to sign him to a long-term deal.
May 27 - 12:28 PM

According to ESPN, DeMarre Carroll could receive a four-year, $50 million contract in free agency this summer.

Carroll easily had the best season of his career this year, and his play in the postseason was phenomenal. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting 48.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, and he showed a lot of heart when he battled through a knee injury against the Cavaliers. Teams such as the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons will do their best to pry Carroll away from the Hawks, so Atlanta will have their work cut out for them if they want to keep him on their roster.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 9:51 AM

Paul Millsap, an impending free agent, said that he is undecided on what he will do this summer.

"I think looking at different options, looking at this team, looking at what we’ve built thus far, in weight my options I can’t make a decision right now," Millsap said. "It’s been a long series, a long year, for me and the team. Let things die down, cool off, relax and think about it a little bit. We are a family. This team is close. It will play a lot into the decision." Millsap struggled during the postseason, but it's possible that his shoulder could have impacted his play. He should still be able to command a massive contract on the open market, so we will be following this story closely.
May 27 - 9:14 AM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford was invisible during the Hawks' season-ending Game 4 defeat, scoring only two points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, five assists and one block in 29 minutes.

Horford avoided a suspension for his flying elbow to Matthew Dellavedova's neck in Game 3, but that's where the good news ended. He looked passive on Tuesday, at best, and all but two of his field goal attempts came from mid-range. He shot 58.3 percent in the series but attempted only 9.0 shots per game, giving him a usage rate below 19 percent. Fantasy owners shouldn't let Horford's Conference Finals dud dissuade them on draft day next season, as he's in a contract year and has returned top-20 value in each of the past three seasons when healthy.
May 26 - 11:26 PM

Dennis Schroder was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's blowout loss, which he finished with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, one rebound, four assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

The Hawks' second-year guard wasn't shy offensively in the series, racking up a team-high usage rate of 37.2 percent. Unfortunately, he shot below 40 percent from the field and had the third-lowest offensive rating among the Hawks, ahead of only Mike Muscala and Pero Antic. Schroder has imposing quickness but he needs to improve his jump shot this summer -- during the regular season he made 137-of-391 jumpers (35.0 percent) which allowed opponents to sag off and dare him to shoot.
May 26 - 11:25 PM

Paul Millsap had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists during Game 4, in which the Hawks were swept out of the playoffs with an 88-118 defeat.

A report on Tuesday suggested that Millsap, an impending free agent, may need offseason surgery to repair his sprained right shoulder. The injury clearly plagued him throughout the playoffs -- he led the Hawks with 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds during the regular season but was down to just 13.8 points on 34.9 percent shooting vs. the Cavs in the Conference Finals. We should have a medical update within a few weeks.
May 26 - 11:24 PM

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting on Tuesday, but he added only one rebound and one assist in 28 minutes during the Hawks' crushing road loss.

The Hawks' season ends in disappointment but they have plenty to be proud about, including a franchise-best 60-win regular season and their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Teague is one of three players with a guaranteed contract through 2016-17 (joining Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha), and there's no reason to expect the 26-year-old All-Star to backslide after a top-30 fantasy finish this season.
May 26 - 11:22 PM

Kyle Korver said he will undergo surgery on his severely sprained right ankle on Wednesday.

Korver sustained his ankle injury on a controversial play involving Matthew Dellavedova, who has also had postseason altercations with Taj Gibson and Al Horford. Dellavedova isn't making a lot of friends outside of Cleveland this postseason, and the Hawks may look to play some "aggressive" defense against him during Tuesday's do-or-die Game 4 in Cleveland. Hawks' coach Mike Budenholzer said he will discuss Korver's "situation" during his pregame availability, so we expect to get a rough estimate on Korver's recovery period then. Stay tuned.
May 26 - 5:55 PM


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