Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Mike Budenholzer is adjusting to his new coach/GM role with the Hawks.

"There are extra things you have to do to prepare for camp and the season," Budenholzer acknowledged. "But we’ve got a great group. So there’s more work but I think we can manage it. The team, for the most part, is in place. That’s the most important thing." Budenholzer was an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich for nearly two decades, so he understands what handling both roles entails. However, Budenholzer's dual role will likely be temporary as Atlanta searches for a new GM to replace the disgraced Danny Ferry.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 19 - 3:09 PM

Gustavo Ayon will sign a three-year deal with Real Madrid.

It was reported a couple weeks ago that he would sign with Real Madrid, but a report popped up yesterday that he could sign with the Spurs. As it turns out, Ayon will indeed head to Spain after a disappointing stint with the Hawks in this past season.
Source: Solobasket
Sep 18 - 8:12 PM

Free agent PF/C Gustavo Ayon is reportedly deciding between formal contract offers from the Spurs and Shangdong in China.

It was reported two weeks ago that Ayon had reached a three-year deal with Real Madrid -- he's still mulling offers from Europe, but it sounds as though he's more inclined to play in China or return to the NBA. The Spurs' training camp starts in about 10 days, so he should make his final decision soon.
Sep 17 - 1:59 PM

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday that the city of Atlanta will help to ensure the Hawks stay in the city when they are sold, suggesting the city could contribute $150 to $200 million to make it happen.

The city lost the NHL's Thrashers and the Braves (moving to nearby Cobb County) under Reed's watch and he clearly wants to avoid a trifecta. The sale of Turner Field, where the currently Braves play, would also be an important piece of the puzzle, giving the city more money to work with. At this point, it doesn't sound like there's much chance the Hawks will be moving out of Atlanta, especially since the city is willing to help make sure it doesn't happen. In other Hawks news, legend and potential buyer Dominique Wilkins will have a statue unveiled at Philips Arena next March.
Sep 16 - 8:39 PM

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin sent out an open letter to apologize for the ongoing developments surrounding general manager Danny Ferry and Heat forward Luol Deng.

The letter talks about the team's shortcomings and how angry Koonin is with how everything happened. Carmelo Anthony said he thinks that the Hawks may have trouble signing free agents in the future, but the team is trying to improve. They're going to hire a Chief Diversity Officer and will strive to be even better in the community. The letter is attached in the link below.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 13 - 10:06 PM

Carmelo Anthony said on Saturday that future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Hawks based on statements from general manager Danny Ferry.

"[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint." Ferry had some interesting comments on Melo, saying he would "absolutely" be worth $20 million per season if he was used the right way. Ferry is on an indefinite leave of absence and his future with the Hawks isn't looking great.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 13 - 3:54 PM

The Atlanta Hawks announced on Friday that current GM Danny Ferry will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin made the announcement, stating: "Danny Ferry requested, and I have approved, taking an indefinite leave of absence." As Ferry steps down, coach Mike Budenholzer will be tasked with running Atlanta's basketball operations department. This could be the last we see of Ferry in the NBA, but with the controversy surrounding his exit, there won't be many bemoaning his departure.
Sep 12 - 4:59 PM

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has obtained the alleged scouting report on Luol Deng, and it does include the African comment.

The part of the report in question reads: "He is a good guy on the cover but he is an African. He has a little two-step in him = says what you want to hear but behind closed doors he could be killing you." It doesn't really matter that the report had the racist comment, because part of GM Danny Ferry's job is to filter these reports and provide the team with only the most relevant portions. Ferry did not need to repeat these comments, and what he said wasn't even verbatim of this report, so it's difficult for him to argue that he was simply "reading" what was written. It will be interesting to see how this situation shakes out in Atlanta, but things aren't looking good for the current GM.
Sep 12 - 4:58 PM

The audio tape of general manager Danny Ferry on a conference call was released on Thursday.

He did not say that he was reading a background report nor did it sound like he was reading anything. In other words, it sounds like the comments about Luol Deng were thoughts from Ferry, and not from a scouting report.
Sep 11 - 7:34 PM

Hawks sign G/F Kent Bazemore for two years.

He'll make $2 million per season and is expected to see action at both the SG and SF spots for the Hawks, although it appears he'll come off the bench. How many minutes he'll get will determine his fantasy value, but Bazemore has the potential for big things in Atlanta. Target him as a late sleeper in your drafts.
Sep 11 - 1:43 AM

Commissioner Adam Silver doesn't think that Danny Ferry's comments surrounding Luol Deng over the summer should cost him his job.

"The discipline of a team employee is typically determined by the team, and in this case the Hawks hired a prestigious Atlanta law firm to investigate the circumstances of Danny Ferry's clearly inappropriate and unacceptable remarks," Silver said. "In my view, those comments, taken alone, do not merit his losing his job." Ferry could still easily lose his job, but there's also a chance he'll be allowed to apologize and stay on with the Hawks. This has been a brutal PR summer for the NFL and NBA, and it would be nice if Ferry's situation could be resolved as soon as possible - whichever way the cookie crumbles.
Source: USA Today
Sep 10 - 10:26 PM

Atlanta has re-signed Elton Brand to a one-year, $2M deal for the 2014-2015 season.

Brand was unsure of whether to retire, or come back for his 16th NBA season. The two sides worked out a deal and now it appears Brand will spend the final year of his career with the Hawks. He posted averages of 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks last year in Atlanta. At his advanced age he should not be on fantasy radars.
Sep 10 - 6:50 PM

The Hawks have postponed their meeting with civil rights leaders in the wake of the Bruce Levenson/Danny Ferry controversy.

In a statement released to the media the Atlanta Hawks said that Co-Owner and CEO Steve Koonin decided to delay the meeting. "We are committed to having this meeting and will work with community leaders to reschedule as soon as possible," the statement reads. "We ask our community to work with us, be patient with us, and help us heal."
Sep 10 - 3:06 PM

More details have surfaced about Danny Ferry's controversial comments surrounding the Hawks' recruitment of Luol Deng.

In a transcript obtained by Yahoo! Sports, Ferry was extremely critical of Deng's personality in the locker room and with the media. "For example, he can come out and be an unnamed source for a story and two days later come out and say, 'That absolutely was not me. I can't believe someone said that," Ferry said on a conference call with ownership. He also downplayed the positive affect Deng has in a close locker room. "Good guy in Chicago. They will tell you he was good for their culture, but not a culture setter. He played hard and all those things, but he was very worried about his bobble-head being the last one given away that year, or there was not enough stuff of him in the [team] store … kind of a complex guy." These comments, along with racially insensitive remarks about Deng's African heritage, have landed Ferry in hot water, and could cost him his job.
Sep 10 - 2:47 PM

Dominique Wilkins is reportedly "extremely interested" in becoming the Hawks' next majority owner.

The NBA has pre-approved Wilkins for ownership, and he's aligned himself with a "very well-known businessman," so there's a real chance that the Hall of Famer could end up controlling his beloved franchise. For now, Wilkins hasn't yet commented publicly on the race-based controversy which has led to the departure of owner Bruce Levenson while clouding GM Danny Ferry's future in the NBA.
Source: TMZ.com
Sep 10 - 10:11 AM


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