Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Hawks sign forward Mike Scott to a three-year, $10 million deal on Friday.

The third year is a team option and this solidifies the bench behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Barring an injury in front of him, Scott isn't going to have much fantasy value.
Aug 1 - 9:10 PM

Free agent Gustavo Ayon (shoulder) is healthy and will join the Mexican National Team for the Centrobasket tournament this summer.

Ayon had surgery after injuring his shoulder in February, but he's reported no setbacks after playing vs. the Dominican Republic this week. "I only have a small contraction in the neck but the injury to his right shoulder, I feel pretty good," he said. As an unrestricted FA, his ability to stay healthy throughout Centrobasket will be crucial to landing another NBA contract.
Source: Record.com
Jul 30 - 1:17 PM

Hawks restricted FA Mike Scott is reportedly considering a lucrative three-year offer from CSKA Moscow.

Scott prefers to stay in the NBA, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but he may be lured overseas by the promise of a payday he couldn't approach in the U.S. He's coming off a solid 2013-14 season in which he averaged 9.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting, but Atlanta may not be inclined to keep him on more than a minimum contract.
Jul 29 - 5:13 PM

Walter Taveres is "very likely" to return to Spain for another ACB League season.

He was selected with the 43rd pick in the 2014 draft and the Hawks did have him at summer league. In his 16.8 minutes per game, he averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 boards and 1.5 blocks at Las Vegas.
Jul 28 - 12:15 PM

Paul Millsap has been invited to join Team USA during their six-day training camp in Las Vegas this week.

The team recently lost frontcourt players LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, prompting Team USA director to bring Millsap into the fold. With 19 players competing for 12 roster spots in this summer's FIBA World Cup, Millsap still faces a steep road to making the team.
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 4:19 PM

Adreian Payne is adjusting to the speed of the NBA game.

"Being able to shoot the ball translates to any level," said Payne. "But it’s a lot different with the speed of the game and the players are more athletic. So, I’m just trying to get more comfortable out there and trying to find the pace of the game, so the shots still come and I’m in rhythm." Payne is a talented player, but he's not likely to start out the 2014-15 season as a rotation player, taking him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 10:11 AM

The Hawks officially signed rookie Adreian Payne on Friday.

The Hawks took Payne with the No. 15 pick in the 2014 draft, and he officially became a member of the team on Friday. Payne spent four years at Michigan State, and finished his college career as the all-time leader for Michigan in blocked shots with 141. The talent is there for Payne, but he is joining a crowded frontcourt in Atlanta, and he will struggle to get minutes behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. He's not expected to be a rotation player at the start of the 2014-15 season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 4:19 PM


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