Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

According to The Vertical, Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season and will become a free agent.

The 32-year-old All-Star is arguably the top power forward available this summer and should be able to command a max deal. Millsap has said that he would like to re-sign with Atlanta and the Hawks have made it clear that bringing him back is their top priority, but he could potentially walk with the Hawks getting nothing in return (just like Al Horford did last summer). Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 triples on 44.2 percent shooting this season, but he had trouble staying healthy and appeared in just 69 games.
May 22 - 12:07 PM

DeAndre Bembry said perimeter shooting will be a focus of his this offseason.

"Get better shooting, for sure. I made one 3-pointer this season," Bembry said. "For sure, I need to get better at that. I feel like that’s the biggest improvement I need. Other than that, I’m a pretty decent player. Definitely working on my shooting this summer." Bembry will have a chance to work on his game at the summer league, and with Thabo Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway Jr. hitting free agency, maybe he can earn a larger role in 2017-18. Bembry averaged just 2.7 points, 1.6 boards and 0.8 assists in 9.8 minutes through 38 appearances, but he did turn some heads on the defensive end.
Source: AJC
May 11 - 10:09 AM

Dwight Howard was pulled over for speeding in the early morning hours of April 28, the same day as Atlanta's Game 6 loss to the Wizards.

A police report states that Howard was pulled over for speeding, traveling at 95 mph in a 65 mph zone. Police found that Howard was driving with a suspended registration and without insurance. A Hawks spokesman declined to comment on the incident. Howard, who has intimated he was unhappy with his role in the offense this season, had just nine points and seven rebounds in the series-ending Game 6 loss to Washington.
May 9 - 9:37 AM

Jose Calderon said he has no plans to retire and would like to continue playing in the NBA.

Calderon ended up playing more minutes than expected for the Hawks in the 2017 postseason, averaging 4.3 points 2.2 assists in 12.5 minutes. "I think I showed out there that I can play a little bit. I think I can be helpful for a lot of teams. We’ll see where is the next chapter," said Calderon. A respected veteran and locker room leader, Calderon will likely land a one-year deal this summer, but he should be avoided in nearly all fantasy formats next season.
May 6 - 1:07 PM

Dennis Schroder said he believes the Hawks need to do a better job incorporating Dwight Howard into the team's offense next season.

Schroder was a stud in the postseason, averaging 24.7 points and 7.7 assists (versus just 1.6 assists) in Atlanta's six-game series against Washington. However, Howard averaged just 8.0 points. "It’s different when Dwight is on the floor. It was different with Al Horford," said Schroder. "We have to switch up the system a little bit. We have to get reps. We have to be together for a while... On the defensive end, he has to show more effort, I have to show more effort. On the offensive end, the same thing."
May 5 - 11:49 AM

Hawks owner Tony Ressler confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Mike Budenholzer will relinquish his duties as team president but will remain as the team's head coach.

It was also confirmed that Wes Wilcox is out as GM but will stay with the organization as a special advisor to ownership. The search for a new general manager will begin soon.
May 5 - 10:51 AM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will relinquish president's duties, and general manager Wes Wilcox will remain in a high-ranking front office role, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

In management restructuring, the Hawks will start their search for a new head of basketball operations, and Budenholzer will still have a strong voice in player personnel decisions.
May 4 - 5:22 PM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer might be replaced as team president, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Hawks are in a "period of evaluation," according to a press release, which reportedly includes the removal of GM Wes Wilcox. There's a chance that Wilcox will stay with the organization in a different capacity, and Budenholzer is expected to remain the team's head coach regardless of any other changes.
May 3 - 8:41 PM

The Hawks have parted ways with general manager Wes Wilcox, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

The timing of the move is interesting as the Hawks will look to bring back Paul Millsap, who is almost certainly going to waive his player option this summer. Wilcox was with the Hawks since 2012 after he worked with the Cavs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:01 PM

Kent Bazemore said he will focus on improving his jumper and ball handling skills this offseason.

Bazemore saw a slight regression during his second year in Atlanta after signing a four-year deal with them worth $70 million during the 2016 offseason, contributing averages of 11.0 points, 3.2 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.2 steals, 1.3 triples and 1.7 turnovers per game on 40.9 percent shooting, which was only good enough for 13th round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He won't be worth much more than a last-round flier in next year's drafts.
May 3 - 11:01 AM

Mike Muscala said he would like to re-sign with the Hawks this summer.

The 25-year-old center should draw a lot of interest on the open market and had a decent season in Atlanta with averages of 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples in 17.7 minutes per game. As for his offseason plans, Muscala said he wants to improve his strength, shooting and versatility. Unless the Hawks are unable to re-sign Paul Millsap, a move away from Atlanta would likely boost Muscala's fantasy appeal.
Source: AJC
May 1 - 10:50 AM

Restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. said he's hoping to stick around in Atlanta next season.

"I want to be here, point blank," Hardaway said. "They brought me here because they believed in me and believed in what I’m capable of doing. I’m thankful for it. … As of now, I’m still here. This is my team." He averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples on the season, but really shined after the All-Star break with averages of 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.1 triples. He even took Kent Bazemore's spot in the starting lineup during the playoffs. THJ hopes to improve his ball-handling this summer and should be a significant contributor for the Hawks again in 2017-18 if they decide to bring him back. It sounds like the feeling is mutual, as coach Mike Budenholzer said that re-signing THJ will be a priority of his.
Source: AJC.com
May 1 - 10:32 AM

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


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