Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Paul Millsap said he wants to re-sign with the Hawks this summer.

"I want to be here," Millsap said. "I think talks have been pretty good. ... It's something me, my agent and my family have got to sit down and talk about." Millsap already confirmed that he will "most likely" opt out of his player option and become a free agent, but the Hawks are "going to make every effort imaginable to keep him" according to team owner Tony Ressler. Head coach Mike Budenholzer said he's "incredibly optimistic and incredibly committed to Paul," so the Hawks have made their intentions pretty clear. A max contract offer seems likely for the 32-year-old All-Star.
Source: AP
Apr 30 - 10:28 AM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a priority of his this offseason.

THJ was one of the most improved players in the NBA in 2016-17, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 27.3 minutes per game. Hardaway was actually a candidate to be moved prior to the February deadline, but he made himself indispensable with some strong play after the turn of the new year. He's a restricted free agent which means the Hawks can match any offer he receives, so THJ will likely reprise his role as Atlanta's sixth man in 2017-18 as long as his price doesn't get out of hand. It's not out of the question that he could continue to start as well like he did to close out this season.
Source: AP
Apr 30 - 10:20 AM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said the development of Taurean Prince and Dennis Schroder will be one of his three priorities this summer.

His other two priorities are improving the offense and re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Paul Millsap. Prince showed fantasy owners a glimpse of his upside after the All-Star break, averaging 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.8 triples in 24.2 minutes per game in that span. The money stats are the key to his value (steals, blocks and triples), and with Thabo Sefolosha hitting free agency this summer, Prince has to like to his chances of opening the 2017-18 season as the starting small forward. He could be a sleeper in fantasy leagues and we'll get a long look at him during the summer league.
Source: AP
Apr 30 - 10:11 AM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he plans to meet with Dwight Howard "within a week or two" to discuss his limited role during the playoffs.

Howard did not play in the fourth quarter of Game 6 on Friday which was the second time in six playoff games that he did not play in the fourth. "It was very difficult. I want to play," Howard said Saturday. "I want to be on the floor. I want to make an impact. You can't do it on the bench." Howard averaged 13.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 29.7 minutes per game during the regular season, but those averages dropped to 8.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 26.2 minutes in the postseason. Coach Bud said he went away from Howard because he wanted to "play faster and more spread," so it was more of a matchup move. Howard will be 32 in December and is under contract for two more seasons.
Source: AP
Apr 30 - 9:51 AM

Taurean Prince will play in Summer League.

Even with the Hawks somewhat healthy, Prince ranked fourth on the team for playoff minutes. Prince was still assisted on 79.3 percent of his buckets in the playoffs, so he still needs to work on getting his own shot. He'll get the chance to increase his scoring arsenal in July and could add to his fantasy ceiling. If Paul Millsap leaves, Prince will be a fantasy sleeper.
Apr 29 - 6:58 PM

DeAndre Bembry will play in Summer League.

The No. 21 pick of the 2016 draft was slightly better than expected. His highlight had to be defending James Harden in a thrilling comeback in Houston on national TV back on Feb. 2. However, Bembry has fallen way behind Taurean Prince, who also has more positional flexibility. Bembry could shine in Summer League.
Apr 29 - 5:45 PM

Paul Millsap admitted he will "most likely" opt out of his player option.

The writing was on the wall for this one as Millsap looks to get one more big pay day. He did say he loved Atlanta, but a lot of teams will likely be after the 32-year-old Millsap. He was in what was close to a perfect spot for his stat output, so a change of scenery would likely hurt his fantasy value.
Apr 29 - 2:57 PM

Paul Millsap said he would "take some time" before deciding whether or not to exercise his player option.

"These last four years have been great. Can't ask for nothing more," said Millsap. "Now I will take some time, relax and see what happens." He has a $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season. However, he'll have the opportunity a sign a new deal for well over $100 million thus summer, so opting out is a no-brainer. The only real question is whether he chooses to re-sign with the Hawks or land elsewhere.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 29 - 11:40 AM

Paul Millsap scored 31 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block, four steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes during a season-ending 115-99 loss to the Wizards on Friday.

After a down regular season, Millsap really came through against the Wizards, but he didn't get enough help in the frontcourt. In the six games, he averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 treys. Assuming he opts out of his player option, he'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will be getting a lot of interest in the market. Millsap is already 32, so teams signing him to four years likely will not enjoy the last year of that contract.
Apr 28 - 10:37 PM

Taurean Prince scored four points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

There were not many rookies to make an impact late in the year quite like Prince. He showed he's more than a three-and-D guy and is already way ahead of the curve for a young perimeter defender. He'll be a factor in the rotation next year, especially if he shows any growth as a scorer.
Apr 28 - 10:29 PM

Dwight Howard scored nine points with seven rebounds, one assist two steals and five turnovers in 23 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

Not good. Howard has been neutralized for most of this series and just didn't have energy. The Hawks frequently didn't close with Howard once they acquired Ersan Ilyasova and had a healthy Paul Millsap, so there's a decent chance his minutes and production see a hit next year. Howard did see a minutes decrease compared to last season, but he put up similar numbers. He'll be 32 in December.
Apr 28 - 10:21 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 26 points with one rebound, 10 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

He did put up plenty of stats in this series, but John Wall owned him through this round. Schroder was able to avoid the doghouse for most of this season with the exception of a handful of games, so he should go into next season with a significant role. Schroder was also able to put up better numbers after the break, so he'll be trending up heading into his age-24 season. His game just doesn't translate well enough to be worth reaching for early in fantasy drafts.
Apr 28 - 10:11 PM

Dennis Schroder posted his first double-double of the playoffs on Wednesday with 29 points, 11 assists and two steals, making 10-of-18 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with a 5-of-6 mark from downtown.

Schroder was huge down the stretch and he committed just one turnover tonight, compared to his regular-season average of 3.3 per game. He's thriving in the postseason spotlight, which is critical since Atlanta's alternatives are 35-year-old Jose Calderon and undrafted rookie Malcolm Delaney. "All year we’ve expected so much of Dennis and he may have tried to do too much on occasion," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Right now he’s being very aggressive, getting people involved, moving the ball, making good decisions." Expect more of the same in a must-win Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 26 - 9:29 PM

Kent Bazemore faded on Wednesday with just six points on 3-of-12 shooting, two boards and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench.

Bazemore had 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals on Monday, but he never found a rhythm during Atlanta's road loss tonight. He's shooting 17-of-47 in the series (36.2 percent), and is tough to trust for DFS since he's averaging a modest 24.2 minutes through five games.
Apr 26 - 9:26 PM

Paul Millsap notched 21 points (8-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes during the Hawks' loss in D.C. on Wednesday.

Millsap has been a major problem for the Wizards throughout this series, but that hasn't stopped Markieff Morris from continually insulting him -- he even labeled Millsap a 'crybaby', and the Wizards' in-house music played the Rugrats theme song when he checked into the game late. That ridiculous sub-plot aside, Millsap has provided the same All-Star caliber play we've come to expect. It'll be interesting to see what the 32-year-old forward commands in free agency this summer, since he'll almost certainly turn down his $21.5 million player option.
Apr 26 - 9:25 PM


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