Player News - Hawks

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Hawks rookie Edy Tavares will be "a good player," according to teammate Al Horford, though it will "probably take him time to get used to the speed of the NBA game."

Tavares was drafted in 2014 but he spent last season playing in Spain, where he averaged 8.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 22 minutes per game. He is 7'3" with an enormous wingspan but may spend the 2015-16 season in the D-League -- either way, he's unlikely to crack the rotation while Horford and Tiago Splitter are healthy.
Source: SI.com
Aug 23 - 3:07 PM

Al Horford said that he worked out with Mike Scott last week, and that he's doing okay.

"Yeah, we worked out together last week. Mike is doing OK. He's doing good," said Horford responding to a question on how Scott was doing following his arrest in July. "Obviously, tough situation for him, but we're standing behind him." Scott could be looking at a 25-year prison sentence after being arrested on felony drug charges as a passenger in his brother’s car, and this is a story we'll be monitoring very closely.
Aug 20 - 5:31 PM

The Hawks officially signed Jason Richardson on Tuesday.

It's believed to be a non-guaranteed deal and even if he makes the squad J-Rich will fill a 'veteran mentor' role with minimal on-court responsibilities. In typically classy fashion, Richardson thanked the 76ers and their fans, writing, "These last 3 years have been the toughest of my career and I was blessed to have an organization and a fan base that supported me on and off the court!"
Aug 18 - 8:22 PM

Shelvin Mack expects to be ready for the Hawks’ training camp after undergoing right shoulder surgery in June.

Mack's original timeline had him returning sometime in August or September, so he should be fine when training camp opens up in late-September. However, Mack is the third-string point guard in Atlanta, so he's not going to have any fantasy value and can be ignored in all leagues on draft day.
Aug 18 - 5:50 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford said he'll wait until after the season to discuss a new contract.

Horford said he wanted to focus on the season rather than have the distraction of contract discussions hanging over him and will table talks until the offseason. This is good news for fantasy owners as the 29-year-old is focused on a big 2014-15 season. While he comes with injury risks, Horford has the ability to provide top-20 fantasy value and could be a mid-round steal if he drops a round or two.
Aug 18 - 12:43 PM

Jason Richardson will sign with the Hawks within the next few days, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Richardson was originally set to sign on Monday, but Vivlamore reports that the signing has been pushed back a few days. The 34-year-old only averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.6 three-pointers in 19 appearances for the 76ers last season, so it's safe to say that fantasy owners can feel free to leave J-Rich off their draft boards.
Aug 18 - 10:25 AM

Jason Richardson will sign a non-guaranteed deal to join the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

The 13-year veteran averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.6 3-pointers in 19 appearances for the 76ers last season, but his body is wearing down and he is definitely not a lock to make the final roster. Richardson is firmly off the fantasy radar.
Aug 15 - 5:23 PM

The Hawks hired Malik Rose to a front-office position.

The bad news here is that the Philadelphia 76ers broadcast will be different. Rose was one of the better color analysts in the business, so his successor will have big shoes to fill. Rose will likely be helping on the basketball operations side of things.
Aug 12 - 8:22 PM

Mike Scott could face up to 25 years in prison on two felony charges for his arrest last month.

He already admitted the drugs in the car were his. The 10.9 grams of MDMA carries a sentence of up to 15 years and his possession of 35.2 grams of marijuana carry a sentence up to 10 years. Banks County will wait for lab tests on the drugs to be returned before setting a court date, according to Assistant District Attorney Sam Skelton.
Aug 12 - 3:30 PM

Elton Brand hinted that he will retire this offseason.

"I could get in shape if I got the call but this looks like the end of the run for me, right now it is family time," said Brand. It sounds like Brand is ready to call it quits after 16 years in the NBA, and he'll finish with career averages of 16.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.
Aug 11 - 2:45 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson said perhaps the worst part of Tim Hardaway Jr.'s game is "his ugly defense."

"We want guys to beat their man to the screen, to wedge themselves between the screen and their man -- something that Timmy rarely, if ever, did," Jackson said. "Instead, he kind of threw his head back and acted as though it was somebody else's responsibility to correctly handle the situation. Timmy needs to grow emotionally to become an NBA player."
Source: ESPN NY
Aug 10 - 5:56 PM

Dennis Schroder led Germany to an exhibition win vs. the Czech Republic on Saturday, scoring 18 points with eight assists and three rebounds.

The EuroBasket tournament officially begins on Sept. 5 and Schroder should get every opportunity to shine as Germany's lead guard. His speedy penetration collapsed the Czech defense throughout the second half and he's poised for a nice season if he can improve his shaky jumper -- he shot 35.1 percent from downtown but just 42.7 percent overall, struggling badly from mid-range. Fantasy owners should only approach him in deep leagues while Jeff Teague is healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 9 - 4:46 PM

Elton Brand said that he is still contemplating retirement.

"So far, I haven’t gotten the phone call," Brand said in regards to his NBA future. "We’ll see what happens." Brand doesn't sound very confident that he will play next season, and it's a little concerning that he hasn't received any interest. Brand was barely used by the Hawks last season, and he wouldn't have more than a limited role on any team. We will pass along any additional details when we know more.
Aug 9 - 10:41 AM

Jeff Teague donated $20 per assist last season to Atlanta’s Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital.

His dime total led to a donation of $11,260 and there are plans for him to continue next year. The Hawks are not as deep as last year with DeMarre Carroll in Toronto, so it'll be interesting to see how Teague adapts. He's still coming off a huge year and is a solid PG1 in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 4 - 12:24 AM

The Hawks have hired Michael Blackstone as their assistant GM, John Treloar will become the Director of Player Personnel, while Jeff Peterson has been promoted to Director of Scouting.

The Hawks' front office is finally taking shape after the departure of Danny Ferry. In case you missed it, the Hawks hired Wes Wilcox as the new GM, while Mike Budenholzer will serve as the team's President of Basketball Operations in addition to his duties as head coach.
Aug 1 - 1:43 PM


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