Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

The Hawks have officially signed Matt Costello.

It's likely just a training camp deal for the undrafted forward out of Michigan State. Costello averaged 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists during the summer league.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 26 - 11:18 AM

Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) is now able to sprint at full speed.

He posted a video of himself sprinting and doing agility drills on his Instagram account this week. He was given an eight-month timetable after undergoing surgery in February, so there's a chance he could be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season. Splitter won't have much fantasy value as the backup center behind Dwight Howard.
Jul 23 - 1:36 PM

Hawks draft pick Isaia Cordinier will play for Antibes in the French Pro A league next season.

This was always the expectation and it's not a result of Cordinier's shaky play during Summer League, where he shot a combined 5-of-20 from the field. We'll get another look at him next summer.
Jul 18 - 12:51 PM

Dwight Howard said that his surgically-repaired back is completely healthy.

"My back hasn’t been an issue, and I don’t think I’ll ever have an issue out of my back for the rest of my career," Howard said. His knees have been a problem in recent years, and the 30-year-old missed 11 games last season while averaging just 32.1 minutes per game. If he can stay healthy, Dwight could have a mild bounce-back season with a bigger offensive role in Atlanta.
Jul 17 - 10:02 AM

Isaia Cordinier (wrist) will not play on Friday.

The Hawks will also rest DeAndre Bembry and Taurene Prince. Cordinier's wrist injury is not believed to be serious, so he should be good to go in a few weeks. He'll be staying overseas for at least another year.
Jul 15 - 7:57 PM

The Hawks officially signed DeAndre Bembry to his rookie contract on Friday.

Bembry will be stuck behind Kent Bazemore, Thabo Sefolosha and Taurean Prince on the depth chart during his rookie season, so he'll spend a lot of time learning from the sidelines. It'll take more than a few injuries for Bembry to make a blip on the fantasy radar.
Jul 15 - 10:28 AM

Walter Tavares racked up another five blocks in just 25 minutes during Thursday's summer league loss to the Wizards, adding eight points, seven boards, one assist, one steal and three turnovers.

Tavares sure has a knack for racking up the swats, but it's going to be tough for him to earn enough minutes to churn out standard league value while operating as Dwight Howard's backup. That being said, if D-12 misses a game for any reason this upcoming season, Tavares could make for a very attractive low-budget DFS target.
Jul 14 - 6:55 PM

Gustavo Ayon has re-signed with Real Madrid.

Ayon has signed a three-year extension with Real, which will likely mark an official end to the 31-year-old's NBA career. He last played with the Hawks during the 2013-14 season and is obviously far off the fantasy radar.
Jul 14 - 10:44 AM

Dwight Howard said that Atlanta's recruitment of him as an unrestricted free agent helped restore his sense of self-confidence.

"Grant Hill was a big part of the process," Howard said. "For somebody like [Hill] to believe in me, [Hawks general] Wes Wilcox and [Mike Budenholzer] -- for all of these guys to have that belief in me just gave me more confidence." Howard also mentioned that his body is feeling great, and he's looking forward to having a "dominant" season in Atlanta. D-12 should have a larger role in the Hawks' offense, but as always, atrocious free throw shooting will weigh down his value.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 10:37 AM

Kris Humphries has agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to return to the Hawks.

The Hawks do need some depth up front, especially given how often Dwight Howard has been hurt lately. Humphries played for three different teams last year, averaging just 15.3 minutes per game over 53 outings. He'll help out the second unit.
Jul 11 - 11:01 PM

Edy Tavares played 14 minutes on Monday, scoring four points with eight rebounds and five blocks.

He did receive stitches to his lower lip and did return -- that explains the low playing time. Tavares is unbelievably long and opponents are really having a tough time getting shots off against him. On the offensive side, his free throw stroke looks improved, making a respectable 7-of-9 in Las Vegas. If Dwight Howard misses time at any point, we might see the 7'3" big man block some shots during the regular season.
Jul 11 - 6:37 PM

Taurean Prince made his Las Vegas debut on Monday, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one assist and four steals.

He didn't get to practice with his team at all due to the draft-day trade getting approved on Monday. The lack of practice showed with Prince not really in a rhythm with his teammates, but he had some nice isolation defense. He's more of a three-and-D guy, so he's very unlikely to have much action on the box score during his rookie season.
Jul 11 - 6:33 PM

Hawks summer league coach Taylor Jenkins said Walter Tavares has "definitely progressed."

"He definitely has come a long way in just one year," the coach said. "Getting our hands on him at the beginning of last year and working on his body and getting him up to speed on what the NBA game is all about. I think his running habits have gotten a lot better, his activity on defense for a guy his size and what he is able to do in pick-and-roll, move his feet better, using his hands, changing shots at the rim. There is obviously stuff that he can clean up, but definitely encouraged." The big man says he has to get "more confidence on offense," but that's a product of experience and continued repetitions.
Jul 11 - 2:04 PM

Hawks acquire the draft rights to F Taurean Prince.

The pre-draft trade is finally official, and Prince can now get into a summer league game as a result.
Jul 11 - 1:41 PM

Hawks sign G Malcolm Delaney.

It's a two-year, $1.4M deal. Delaney, who prides himself on his versatility, believes he'll be able to play with anybody. "I can shoot the ball, distribute, but I feel like I am a play-maker," he said. "Whatever they need me to do. If they want me to get 10 assists and not shoot, I can do that. Or I can score 20. For me, I just adapt to whatever the coach needs. I think that’s the biggest thing for me."
Jul 11 - 12:31 PM


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