Player News - Hawks

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Tiago Splitter could be moved prior to the Feb. 23 deadline according to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore.

Splitter has yet to play this season due to injuries, but his expiring contract could be attractive to other teams. The Hawks are expected to be buyers at the deadline and Splitter might be the most likely to be traded in addition to Thabo Sefolosha. It's still unclear when Splitter will be cleared to play and there's no reason to stash him in almost any format.
Feb 16 - 2:25 PM

The Hawks have had discussions with other teams about Thabo Sefolosha with the deadline looming.

Sefolosha is on a bargain of a contract at just under $3.9 million, but he will hit free agency this summer. The Hawks are looking to be buyers at the deadline, so Sefolosha and Tiago Splitter are the two most likely pieces to be moved to make a deal work. The Hawks are loaded with depth at SF and they may want to clear up more minutes for guys like Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry, but no deal is imminent at this time. He's not a great stash.
Feb 16 - 2:14 PM

Paul Millsap scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer during an ugly 99-84 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.

After a big-time game in Portland on Monday, Millsap was on the other end of the spectrum. The Hawks are saying they will not be trading Millsap this month and now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the Hawks are expected to be buyers as one of the most active teams at the deadline. Millsap has been a little disappointing, but he should still be an early-round guy going forward.
Feb 16 - 1:17 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points with three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

He scored 26.5 points per game in his previous two, so he really had nowhere to go but down. Hardaway Jr. also didn't play in the final 13:13 of this game because of garbage time, so that explains the slight drop in minutes compared to expectations. He's still a hold in standard leagues.
Feb 16 - 1:14 AM

Kent Bazemore scored two points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 17 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

This game was a blowout, and now Baze is cold again. In his last five games, Bazemore averaged 8.8 points, 3.2 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 treys on 34.2 percent from the field in 27.4 minutes per game. These are the breaks with Bazemore, he is still adding defensive stats, and he was fairly hot before this dud. He's a hold in 12-team leagues.
Feb 16 - 1:00 AM

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

This will be his ninth straight game out of the lineup, but now he'll have the break to hopefully get back to normal. Taurean Prince was terrific on Monday and could fill in again. Tim Hardaway Jr. should also be busy.
Feb 15 - 9:34 PM

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will be listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Sefolosha has missed eight straight games, so it would be surprising if the Hawks played him Wednesday, as opposed to sitting him through the All-Star break, which would allow him to get another full week of rest. Tim Hardaway Jr. will draw another start if Thabo does not play. THJ has been playing the best basketball of his career of late. He is averaging 22.5 points (while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor), 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 treys over Atlanta's last six games.
Feb 14 - 7:46 PM

Coach Mike Budenholzer declared publicly on Monday that the Hawks will not trade Paul Millsap.

"He’s not going anywhere," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who also serves as president of basketball operations. "You can write that." Can't ask for a better source, so we'll take this as final confirmation that Millsap will spend the rest of this season in the ATL. It's a risky move by Atlanta, as Millsap can become an unrestricted free agent in July and there's a chance they lose him for nothing if he walks. However, the Hawks can offer more money and more years than any other team and must feel confident they will re-sign him.
Feb 14 - 10:20 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. got another start on Monday and led the Hawks with 43 minutes, hitting 8-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in a 109-104 overtime win over the Blazers.

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) was out again and Hardaway took advantage with another big stat line. Hardaway has hit double digits in scoring in 10 straight games and Sefolosha got hurt nine games ago. You can do the math there, but Hardaway has been so very good in those games that it's possible that he's earned a new role going forward. The Hawks need Sefolosha's defense and he'll likely regain his starting job once he's healthy, but don't be surprised if THJ plays a bigger role off the bench going forward, especially with Kyle Korver now in Cleveland. Hardaway should be owned in all leagues until further notice.
Feb 14 - 2:27 AM

Dwight Howard hit 5-of-7 shots and 9-of-16 free throws on his way to 19 points, 16 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes in Monday's 109-104 overtime win over the Blazers.

Howard would have done even more damage but the Hawks had to keep him on the bench late due to "Hack-a'Howard" tactics from Terry Stotts and the Blazers. Howard had a big night against the center-less Blazers tonight (they traded Mason Plumlee), so congratulations are in order if you had the insight to use him in DFS.
Feb 14 - 2:20 AM

Paul Millsap hit just 4-of-12 shots but also hit a 3-pointer and 12-of-12 free throws for 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks in Monday's tough 109-104 overtime win over the Blazers.

Millsap hit an incredible shot to send the game to overtime and then hit some free throws to help the Hawks win the game. Portland scored the first seven points of overtime, but the Hawks responded with 12 unanswered points to get the tough road win. Millsap didn't have it tonight, yet still came through with a huge fantasy line, which puts him in elite company.
Feb 14 - 2:17 AM

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will not play on Monday vs. the Blazers.

This will be his eighth game in a row on the sidelines, and while head coach Mike Budenholzer is hopeful that he'll be able to play Wednesday vs. the Clippers, at this point, it would make more sense to just hold him out through the All-Star break. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and he's been eating over his last five games, averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 boards, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.6 triples.
Feb 13 - 1:58 PM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Hawks are "adamant" that Paul Millsap will remain in Atlanta past the deadline.

Stein adds that skepticism about the Hawks' position has been "fairly rampant," but for now it sounds like the Hawks could stand pat at the deadline. Millsap has a player option for the 2017-18 season that he's fully expected to decline, so the Hawks could end up losing him for nothing this summer unless they convince him to sign another lucrative long-term deal with the franchise.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 9:36 AM

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

Sefolosha has missed seven games due to the injury, but has a chance to return on Monday. His return would impact Tim Hardaway Jr. who has been playing big minutes during Sefolosha's absence, and it could cause DeAndre Bembry to fall out of the rotation. Check back for updates after Atlanta's shootaround.
Feb 12 - 7:27 PM

Kent Bazemore scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Friday's loss to the Kings.

That's two solid games in a row for Bazemore after he scored 14 points with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 21 minutes on Wednesday. Bazemore recorded three blocks for just the fourth time in his career tonight, adding six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in 33 minutes. He hasn't been consistent at all this season, but he's worth owning for his ability to rack up the money stats (triples, steals and blocks).
Feb 11 - 2:07 AM


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