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  1. Man we are in major rebuild mode so I wouldn't put to much stock in how this group is playing. We are in serious need of talent on this team to surround Collins, Schroder, and Prince. I think after this draft this team should be a lot competitive and fun to watch. This is all dependent upon us having a successful draft.
  2. NBA buyout rumors: Best fits for Ersan Ilyasova, the Hawks' soon-to-be free agent
  3. Hawks may buy out Ilyasova; would Celts be interested?
  4. John Collins On Embracing Atlanta, His Favorite Dunks And The Perks Of Being In The NBA Robby Kalland UPROXX The Atlanta Hawks are in a rebuild after letting the vast majority of their core unit that led them to 10 straight postseason appearances walk over the past few years. Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap have all departed Atlanta in recent years, as have role players like DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver and others, as the Hawks have hit the reset button. Rookie big man John Collins, who the Hawks selected with the 19th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Wake Forest, is the Hawks’ prized possession as they look to stock their cupboard with quality young players. Collins has played in 54 games for the Hawks this season, starting five, and has been a bright spot averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game. He doesn’t project to star level as an NBA player, but a strong role player for years to come would be great value out of the 19th overall pick. Collins made waves in the Rising Stars game last Friday during All-Star Weekend with a thunderous dunk off an alley-oop from Donovan Mitchell that served as the highlight of the night even though the exhibition was less than competitive. 2018 UPROXX Media
  5. AJC identifies five players on Falcons NFL Scouting Combine radar Gentlemen, start your draft interest boards! By Cory Woodroof@CoryWoodroof47 Feb 23, 2018, 10:00am EST The Falcoholic With the NFL Combine ready to kick off next week, you’re about to see the floodgates open on who the Atlanta Falcons are actively scouting and meeting with leading up to the 2018 draft. Hold on to your butts, etc. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter has identified five players who will be on the Falcons’ radar come combine time, and it’s a list of usual suspects, well, mostly usual. Georgia G Isaiah Wynn, Ohio State G/C Billy Price, Michigan DT Maurice Hurst, Washington DT Vita Vea and Auburn G Braden Smith all get mentions here. Wynn, Price, Hurst and Vea are all familiar names around this conversation — the first two of them versatile interior linemen, the other two monstrous presences at defensive tackle, but Smith’s a new one, or at least not one we see a lot of thrown around the Falcons’ campfire. He played at Auburn for four years (Thomas Dimitroff’s senior bells go off) and was compared to Ivan Drago from Rocky IV as a freshman, which on its own is enough to get my interests piqued. has him projected to go within rounds three and four of the draft, with analyst Lance Zierlein prognosticating on his fate. Braden Smith has an NFL-ready frame and will impress evaluators with the eyeball test. When the eyeballs are focused on the tape, they will see a player who is more than capable of matching power with power, but can be too regimented in his movement and overall play. Smith is a grinder whose play could vary greatly based upon the matchup across from him. He has size and power, but the holes in his game are unlikely to be patched up with coaching. He can become an average to solid starter. Though, CBS’s draft board has him as their 43rd best player, and the draft’s third-best guard behind Quenton Nelson and Will Hernandez (curiously, they have Wynn listed as a tackle). (This ain’t an exact science, folks.) As a matter of fact, The Falcoholic’s draft guru Eric Robinson mocked Smith to the birds in the second round of his latest scenario. The Falcons will have a decision to make this offseason with veteran guard Andy Levitre. The chances of him being back in 2018 are good given his skill, although they will have to restructure his contract if they want to keep him around and free up money for other signings. The other starter, Wes Schweitzer, was decent in his first year as a starter but much was left to be desired. In Smith, the Falcons get a 6’6 blocker who is NFL strong already and adds some toughness that Schweitzer may not necessarily be equipped with. Smith might not sound quite like a round one guy right now, but he could be a good second or third rounder for the team to take a chance on. And, who knows, maybe he’s the next workout warrior to test his way up the draft board. If he rises, he rises. So, meet Braden Smith. You might be hearing more about him down the road. In general, it’s pretty common sense to think the team likes all of those guys, and I’m sure you can throw names like Taven Bryan, Da’Ron Payne and Hernandez into the conversation as well. And many others. This process is just beginning, and there are going to be a lot of names...well, named. But, D-Led told us to watch out for these guys specifically, so, we’re watching for them. © 2018 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sports data © STATS 2016
  6. That's why I have been seeing him higher on more mocks now.
  7. Yeah the kid definitely has game.
  8. Hawks ahead of the game when it comes to future payroll flexibility By Sam Meredith@SamTheMan180 Feb 20, 2018, 8:00am EST Peachtree Hoops With the NBA trade deadline in the rear view mirror and the buyout deadline rapidly approaching on March 1, it seems to be a good time to take a look into the Atlanta Hawks payroll situation and where the teams stands moving forward. It is no secret that around the league many teams are hurting in their checkbooks after the summer of 2016 when seemingly any decent players were getting max or near-max contracts from teams. With the NBA Salary Cap maximum set at $99,093,000 for the 2017-18 season, there are only four teams in the entire league under the salary cap. The Hawks have a total cap hit in 2017-18 of $99,626,116 with only $73,144,938 of that amount being active players on the team. One important thing to note is that the Hawks currently only have 13 players on their roster, not including two-way contracts, and the team is only allowed to have 13 players on the roster for a maximum of two weeks before they have to add a 14th player to their roster. This will most likely be done with 10-day contracts or a rest-of-season contract, although they could convert two-way players to full NBA contracts. So where is the difference between $99,626,116 and $73,144,938 going? The Hawks, as most other rebuilding teams do, have taken on a considerable amount of “dead” money this season in an effort to acquire assets from other teams in exchange to take on these unwanted contracts. Of the $26,888,540 the Hawks have accumulated in inactive cap, Jamal Crawford and Marco Belinelli make up a majority of the amount. Crawford, as you might recall, was acquired from the Clippers in the summer in a three-team exchange that included Danilo Gallinari going from Denver to Los Angeles with Diamond Stone, Crawford and a 2018 first round pick (via Houston) coming back to Atlanta. Crawford was traded to the Hawks and was assured a buyout from the team which amounted to $10,942,762 for this season and $2,304,226 in 2018-19. Belinelli was just recently bought out by the Hawks who payed nearly all of his remaining contract for this season at a price of $6,306,060. This means that the duo of Belinelli and Crawford account for $17,248,822 which is nearly three quarters of the Hawks dead money for this season. Some of the other players the Hawks have waived this season include the likes of Richard Jefferson, Mike Dunleavy, Nicolas Brussino, Quinn Cook, Jeremy Evans, DeAndre Liggins, Sheldon Mac and Okaro White. Tyler Cavanaugh too was waived once by the Hawks but re-signed a two-way contract with the team that was converted to a full contract. Now, with the Hawks active salary money that amounts to the aforementioned $73,144,938, Kent Bazemore, Dennis Schroder and Miles Plumlee make up 44.31 percent of the total. Bazemore, who signed a 4-year $70 million-dollar extension with Atlanta back in 2016, was slated to make $16,910,113 this season with a steady increase over the next two years to $18,089,887 next season and then to $19,269,662 in 2019-20. Schroder signed his own extension with the Hawks just last summer and with make $15,500,000 per year through 2021. Plumlee’s contract, which was acquired in a bad contracts swap, will end in 2020 at a per-season cost of $12,500,000. Outside of those three players, the Hawks will have two expiring contracts this summer in the forms of Ersan Ilyasova and Malcolm Delaney. The Hawks have three players on rookie-scale contracts (Prince, Collins and Bembry) with certainly more to come after the next NBA Draft in which the Hawks have three first round picks. Dewayne Dedmon and Mike Muscala both have player options after the end of this season for $6,300,000 and $5,000,000 respectively and could decide to opt out if desired. Dedmon’s 2019 deal includes the possibility of incentives from 2018 adding an extra $900,000 to his $6,300,000 in 2019 as well that could (and surely will) raise his cap hit in 2019 to $7,200,000. The rest of the roster in Isaiah Taylor, Tyler Dorsey and Tyler Cavanaugh are on league minimum salaries that expire after next season. As for now, when almost all of the Hawks dead money drops off the books following the conclusion of this season, Atlanta will be responsible for $70,456,108 in 2018-19 giving them at least $30 million in salary cap space going into the offseason. This is assuming Muscala and Dedmon accept their player options, however. Should both players opt out, the Hawks will gain another $11,300,000 in salary cap space, giving them a whopping $41 million dollars available, should the team renounce their cap holds. This is possible in a market where all but five teams are projected to already be over the salary cap maximum for 2018-19. The Hawks are in good position with a nice array of draft assets moving forward and a payroll that is becoming increasingly more flexible. Be sure to follow along with Peachtree Hoops this offseason as the Hawks could possibly be the team looking to take on another bad contract in exchange for assets or could even make a big splash in the free agent market. You never know what could happen. © 2018 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sports data © STATS 2016
  9. Tyler Dorsey: A Big Part of the Hawks’ Future by Dallin Duffy2 days agoFollow @Delhome17 Soaring Down South
  10. I like Wendell Carter Jr. also for us
  11. I will try to catch some of his games and look at some tape.
  12. Can't afford him. Look at the money they are throwing at Tru and Alford.
  13. Agreed, and with three first round picks and a second we have to make these picks count.
  14. Yeah Bagley is one of my favorites for sure.