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NBA Draft Combine: Hawks reportedly meet with Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss

 

By Brad Rowland@BTRowland on May 13, 2016, 8:38a 67

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The Hawks have been interviewing potential draftees and one prominent name (and a local product) is especially intriguing.

The Atlanta Hawks probably won't have the opportunity to draft California forward Jaylen Brown, but the former Wheeler High School star reportedly sat down for an interview with the team this week.

This is noteworthy for a number of reasons, but Atlanta's apparent interest will generate speculation about whether the Hawks could look to move up in the draft. Obviously, it was (way) too early to talk about specifics here, but it would take a significant offer for Mike Budenholzer and company to jump the dozen-or-so picks needed to even target Brown, and the projected top-10 pick would look quite nice in a volt green uniform down the line.

In addition to Brown, the Hawks have been linked to several players already at the combine, including Washington's Marquese Chriss.

Chris is lesser known than Brown on a national scale, but the 18-year-old forward is a fast-rising prospect in this class, to the point where he is ranked at number 12 overall by DraftExpress. Again, this is a player that probably won't be available if the Hawks stay put with the 21st pick, but both Chriss and Brown are uber-athletic forwards, which could signal something of a pattern for this draft class.

Lastly, there is a report from Nathan Baird of the Lafayette Journal & Courier that suggests the Hawks will soon be putting Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan through a workout. Again, Swanigan is a rangy forward with high upside, but unlike Criss and (especially) Brown, the former Boilermakers standout is actually a player that has been rumored to land in the range in which Atlanta actually picks right now.

There will be plenty of workouts and interviews to dissect in the coming days, but they are beginning to leak out in full force.

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1. Trade up for Jaylen Brown 

2. Hope Wade Baldwin falls to 21

3. Take Malik Beasley

 

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3 guys who have a chance to develop into more than just a role player imo.

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Atlanta Hawks 2016 player review: Walter Tavares

By Kris Willis  @Kris_Willis on May 14, 2016, 10:00a 61 

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Walter Tavares rode the D-League train exclusively during his rookie season but can he make an impact for the Hawks in 2017?

 

Hawks rookie center Walter "Edy" Tavares spent most of the 2016 season looking on from the bench or in the D-League but showed that he could eventually play a part in Atlanta.

Tavares appeared in just 11 games for the Hawks with most coming early in the season. He saw extended playing time through a variety of stints in the D-League mostly with the Austin Spurs. There he showed some of the upside that the Hawks were looking for averaging 9.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 29 games.

 

When you look at Tavares, the first thing that jumps off the table is his massive size. At 7-3 with a long wingspan, he projects as a natural rim protector. He stayed close to the basket offensively and converted on 65 percent of his field goal attempts. He is a very good free throw shooter for a player his size converting 71 percent of his attempts in the D-League.

For Tavares, it is mostly about improving his body, his awareness and his mobility. He is pretty agile for a player of his size however, he struggled at times to defend smaller players in the pick and roll. Today's NBA requires its big men to be able to float out to the perimeter and then recover in time to shut off the paint. Teams repeatedly tried to put Tavares in these situations and that was likely a factor in his minutes dropping during the D-League Playoffs.

Tavares will benefit greatly from a full off season of development with the Hawks. He will likely suit up again for the team's Summer League entry and look to build some momentum heading into training camp.

Tavares is under contract through 2018 with the final season non-guaranteed. His relatively low salary allows Atlanta to be patient but they will likely be looking for him to make strides in his second season. He would be due a small qualifying offer in 2019 when he would become a restricted free agent.

Best case scenario for Tavares is that he shows progress and becomes a realistic rotation option for the Hawks in 2018. Match ups against certain teams will always be an issue, but for a team lacking size, Tavares would be a big option. Tavares has limited basketball experience but at 24 years of age, the development clock is already ticking.

 

Due to those factors, the 2017 season is shaping up to be a big one for Tavares

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On May 10, 2016 at 2:59 PM, Return of the Gaucho said:

I can't believe Bazemore is now an 8 mil player.  Glad to see how well he played for the Hawks this season after watching him play for the Warriors.  

He's a lot more than 8

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On May 13, 2016 at 4:48 PM, Beef said:

Teague sold his condo in Atlanta yesterday.  The writing is on the wall.

He's going to get traded, and very likely so we can move up in the draft quite a bit.

We can build on Schroder and Millsap, IMO.  We need a super star SG or C out of this draft, however.  And then which ever we get this year, we have to draft the other next year.  Or, drop loads of money into a max contract player.

That's been for sale for awhile 

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Monday's Hawks Links: Late-game situations need to improve

May 16, 2016
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Millsap: Hawks need to get better in late-game situations: Although the Hawks are not built to get the basketball to one player with the game on the line, Paul Millsap thinks it might be something to look at in the offseason. The Hawks had several failures late in games that cost the team victories this season. “A little bit but our team has never been that way,” Millsap said last week during his exit interview on whether he felt pressure to be a go-to player after signing a big contract. -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Budenholzer: ‘Moments and times when you can say we are right there’: Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer met with the media this week after the team’s season ended with a sweep by the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Here are excerpts of the interview. -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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NBA Rumor Central: Rockets target Hawks' Al Horford

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The Atlanta Hawks will enter July with four of their players in the free agent market and two of them should draw plenty of attention from many NBA teams. Center Al Horford will hit the market for the first time after completing his ninth season in the league, while small forward Kent Bazemore is on the lists of several teams following two strong seasons with the Hawks.

Regarding Horford, he might get max offers to try to lure him away from the Hawks, and many reports during the regular season speculated the Boston Celtics might take a run at him beginning July 1. On Monday, there was an item from Sean Deveney of Sporting News claiming a source said the Houston Rockets have Horford as their top free agent target, with New Orleans Pelicans'Ryan Anderson also high on the list.

The Rockets are in need of a starting center as Dwight Howard is expected to decline his 2016-17 player option, so he can sign with another team in July. With Howard on the move, the Rockets would have Clint Capela as their top center under contract, which is why they have high interest in Horford.

During his nine seasons with the Hawks, Horford has averaged 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 2.7 assists.

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Is anyone else incredibly annoyed that the Celtics and raptors have too 10 picks, but our potential lottery picks didn't turn into ****? Like come on. 

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17 minutes ago, WORilla said:

Is anyone else incredibly annoyed that the Celtics and raptors have too 10 picks, but our potential lottery picks didn't turn into ****? Like come on. 

Yeah man you know we can't catch a damm break, lol

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Wednesday's Hawks Links: Landing a superstar isn't easy

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Of course Hawks need a superstar but they aren’t easy to acquire: It’s easy to say the Hawks won’t be a real championship contender until they get a superstar. Duh. It’s much harder for them to actually acquire one because those players are, by definition, a rare commodity. Dang. There are 30 NBA teams but no more than 10 superstars, by which I mean players voted first- or second-team All-NBA. -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Contractor chosen for Hawks’ practice facility: The Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare announced Tuesday that Brasfield and Gorrie have been selected as the general contractor firm for the construction of the new practice facility. -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dancers for Hawks games vying for international hip-hop title: It’s pretty common for people of a certain age to consider the time we have left, to dig in and enjoy life, to try to fit in all we want to see and do before our time runs out. If you’re 50 or over, you’ve either given up the idea of ever having fun again or you’re passionately pursuing whatever it takes to remain as healthy as possible, choosing to pursue a lifestyle of wholesome food, supportive social connections and daily exercise. -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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It's a tough call to make. Obviously we aren't getting anywhere with the current roster, so we know something has to change. That being said, superstars seem to be few and far between (although the Blazers got Lillard and C.J. McCollum and the Spurs found Leonard). They seem to be even rarer in the front court nowadays as the trend is shifting towards jump shooting. There are only a few guys left that can work the low post effectively, much less do that and stretch the floor a la LaMarcus Aldridge.

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3 hours ago, JerseyNo12 said:

It's a tough call to make. Obviously we aren't getting anywhere with the current roster, so we know something has to change. That being said, superstars seem to be few and far between (although the Blazers got Lillard and C.J. McCollum and the Spurs found Leonard). They seem to be even rarer in the front court nowadays as the trend is shifting towards jump shooting. There are only a few guys left that can work the low post effectively, much less do that and stretch the floor a la LaMarcus Aldridge.

And yet Dennis is the only backcourt player we have drafted. Oy. 

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4 minutes ago, WORilla said:

And yet Dennis is the only backcourt player we have drafted. Oy. 

Yeah, it's pretty ironic given the complaints about TD failing to build up the trenches (until now at least).

Anyway, even though rebounding is an issue, I think it would be best to focus on the backcourt and wing. It may not be such a bad idea to let Horford walk and throw Tavares into the fray while focusing the efforts on building a strong backcourt.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Jeff Teague Goes To Indiana Pacers And George Hill To Atlanta Hawks?

NBA Trade Rumors suggest that Jeff Teague of Atlanta Hawks could be traded off to Indiana Pacers in near future. Atlanta Hawks have point guards and Indiana Pacers need one.  

 107.5 ESPN reports that Indiana Pacers’ need for a point guard might be quite urgent, and good point guards are reportedly not easy to find. According toSports Blog, the tittle-tattle is that Atlanta Hawks is lately contemplating whether they should go with Teague (PG) or give preference to Dennis Schroder (PG). Rumors have been spiraling that Atlanta Hawks might trade off Teague.

NBA Trade Rumors also indicate that Indiana Pacers is the best place for Teague and he might get traded off to the team. Teague is a native of Indiana, so this is one of the reasons why he can prove to be a perfect fit for the NBA team. Indiana Pacers reportedly had to take much effort during the last season to drop the ball in the hoop at times. Most of their offense was delivered by Paul George, and another basketball player, Monta Ellis, who will turn 31 this October. If the team add one more scorer to the lineup, who would not be a slouch on defense, the team would benefit.

Teague has playoff experience. Point guard position is considered to be one of the deepest and richest positions, and Teague of course is considered to have some value. NBA Trade Rumors indicate that a George Hill-Jeff Teague swap can be made possible. Hill of Indiana Pacers could be traded off to Atlanta Hawkers in exchange for Teague. The deal can also comprise of some draft picks and other basketball players going to Atlanta Hawks. Below are some of the ideal trades according to NBA Trade Rumors:

Trade 1: Indiana Pacers get Jeff Teague (Point Guard). Atlanta Hawks get George Hill (Point Guard), Solomon Hill (Small Forward), 2016 1st Round Pick (20thOverall), 2019 2nd Round Pick (Lakers).

Trade 2: Indiana Pacers get Teague (Point Guard) and Tiago Splitter (Center). Atlanta Hawks get Rodney Stuckey (SG), Joseph Young (Point Guard), 2016 is Round Draft Pick (20th Overall).

What do you think basketball fans, which deal would be best?

 

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These draft stories are terrible I think might as well wait until playoffs end to take any seriously. 

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Atlanta Hawks: Kent Bazemore Trade Rumors

 

by Kathryn Morrison9 hours agoFollow @kathrynntaylor

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NBA trade rumors have begun stirring around Atlanta Hawks’ small forward Kent Bazemore. This summer, Bazemore will become an unrestricted free agent. Will he remain “True to Atlanta,” or will he explore his options?

Though Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer expressed early on that the Hawks plan to re-sign Kent Bazemore, he has gained a lot of attention from many teams including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and the Sacramento Kings.

Bazemore began his professional career when he signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors after going undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. After a total of 105 games with the Warriors, he was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bazemore’s time with the Lakers was fairly short, consisting of just 23 games before he signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

In his first season with the Hawks, he spent time in the shadows of DeMarre Carroll. Since Carroll left the team last season, Bazemore has had the opportunity to establish himself and his abilities.

This season, Bazemore joined the starting lineup for the Atlanta Hawks and proved himself further as a player. This year, he averaged 11.6 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

For any NBA team looking to add a solid shooting guard to their roster, Kent Bazemore may be their guy.

Let’s start with the Lakers. Are they looking to get Bazemore back? They too have a key player entering free agency (Roy Hibbert), and will be looking for someone who can step up on both offense and defense.

Since Bazemore has recently established himself as an elite three-and-D player with the Hawks, will the Lakers seek him out a second time?

Bazemore has also been rumored a potential target for the New York Knicks, who are looking to improve overall.

It is safe to say that he has proved himself on both ends of the court for the Hawks, and could greatly impact the Knicks as well.

There have also been rumors that the Sacramento Kings are unsatisfied with the performance of Marco Belinelli, and that the team may be looking to trade him.

Not to mention, the Kings have also struggled defensively in previous years, and the acquisition of Bazemore could potentially aid them in that area as well.

Though Bazemore has previously expressed interest in re-signing with the Atlanta Hawks, it is evident that he will have plenty of other options this summer. Regardless of where he lands, Bazemore is a solid starter and will positively impact any roster.

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NBA Rumors: Could Spurs Land Al Horford In Free Agency?

 

by Michael Rehome1 day agoFollow @texasgmr

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San Antonio could be a stopping ground for Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford once free agency begins this offseason. Horford will be an unrestricted free agent and San Antonio is said to be a contender for his services.

The Spurs have a formula, and one that has been eager to be copied around the league. With free agency around the corner, there are players that have expressed San Antonio has being one of their top choices to continue their career.

The Spurs are looking at becoming big time players during the offseason. In fact, they have shown they can seal the deal when it comes to locking down big free agents. LaMarcus Aldridge was one. Rumors have already been coming as to what the Spurs are planning on doing during the offseason. Word of them pursuing the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol and lately the Memphis Grizzlies’ guard Mike Conley.

You can now add another name to the list: the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford. The 29-year-old center is set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming summer. Horford is one of the best players that will be available in free agency. The team will have enough money to offer someone a maximum contract this summer to pair up with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.Horford has spent his entire nine-year career with the Atlanta Hawks.

Since joining the NBA, he has been a very consistent player in the league. For his career, he has been averaging 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game. Horford is the heart and soul of the Hawks.

Horford is one of the most unselfish players in the National Basketball Association, which can transfer easily into the Spurs’ style of play. A very adaptable player, Horford has been adding more skills to his game.

With the Hawks not having an answer for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, this marked the second-straight year that Horford and Atlanta were swept from the playoffs by the Cavaliers.


Earlier this season, the Hawks had the majority of their players on the trading block. That included Al Horford, which is shocking because he has been a consistent presence for the team. That could be sending a message to the All Star center that he might not be in the Hawks long term plans.

There have been questions that have arisen since the Spurs’ early departure from the playoffs this season. We may have seen the last of Tim Duncan’s playing days. Against the Thunder, he seemed to be running on pure adrenaline and not wanting to end his career on the bench. Horford would be a great addition.

He is a Spurs type player. In fact, you can say that he is already learning from the Spurs as Atlanta Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was a long time assistant to Gregg Popovich.

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In SA, Horford would likely be the starting 4, which is his natural position. It would suck to see him go, but if it gets to that point, I'd rather see him go to the Spurs than any other team. For him, it would be the best fit IMO.

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On 5/21/2016 at 4:55 PM, blkbigdog35 said:

 

 

NBA Trade Rumors: Jeff Teague Goes To Indiana Pacers And George Hill To Atlanta Hawks?

NBA Trade Rumors suggest that Jeff Teague of Atlanta Hawks could be traded off to Indiana Pacers in near future. Atlanta Hawks have point guards and Indiana Pacers need one.  

 107.5 ESPN reports that Indiana Pacers’ need for a point guard might be quite urgent, and good point guards are reportedly not easy to find. According toSports Blog, the tittle-tattle is that Atlanta Hawks is lately contemplating whether they should go with Teague (PG) or give preference to Dennis Schroder (PG). Rumors have been spiraling that Atlanta Hawks might trade off Teague.

NBA Trade Rumors also indicate that Indiana Pacers is the best place for Teague and he might get traded off to the team. Teague is a native of Indiana, so this is one of the reasons why he can prove to be a perfect fit for the NBA team. Indiana Pacers reportedly had to take much effort during the last season to drop the ball in the hoop at times. Most of their offense was delivered by Paul George, and another basketball player, Monta Ellis, who will turn 31 this October. If the team add one more scorer to the lineup, who would not be a slouch on defense, the team would benefit.

Teague has playoff experience. Point guard position is considered to be one of the deepest and richest positions, and Teague of course is considered to have some value. NBA Trade Rumors indicate that a George Hill-Jeff Teague swap can be made possible. Hill of Indiana Pacers could be traded off to Atlanta Hawkers in exchange for Teague. The deal can also comprise of some draft picks and other basketball players going to Atlanta Hawks. Below are some of the ideal trades according to NBA Trade Rumors:

Trade 1: Indiana Pacers get Jeff Teague (Point Guard). Atlanta Hawks get George Hill (Point Guard), Solomon Hill (Small Forward), 2016 1st Round Pick (20thOverall), 2019 2nd Round Pick (Lakers).

Trade 2: Indiana Pacers get Teague (Point Guard) and Tiago Splitter (Center). Atlanta Hawks get Rodney Stuckey (SG), Joseph Young (Point Guard), 2016 is Round Draft Pick (20th Overall).

What do you think basketball fans, which deal would be best?

 

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