Hawks Rumors & News

  • Dwight Howard -- I'd Beat LeBron In MMA Fight

    TMZ "NBA star Dwight Howard is a huge UFC fan -- so when we got him leaving UFC 202, we had to ask ... who would win if you stepped into the Octagon with LeBron James?? Howard ain't no bitch -- and says he'd put his money on himself. Look, he was just joking around ... but let's check out the..." August 22

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • Tiago Splitter Plans On Being Ready For Start Of Camp

    Real GM Basketball "Tiago Splitter plans on being ready for the start of training camp with the Atlanta Hawks after undergoing hip surgery. Splitter was acquired by the Hawks during the 2015" August 15

  • Muscala working to be versatile one in Hawks’ big man rotation

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Mike Muscala wants to be the versatile one. While the Hawks have traditional centers Dwight Howard and Tiago Splitter on the roster, Muscala has spent the summer working on his perimeter game. About to enter his fourth NBA season, the 6-foot-11 center has focused on improving his shooting,..." August 13

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • Atlanta Hawks to host Shark Tank-esque marketing competition

    USA Today "In an effort to modernize the franchise and help boost fan engagement, the Atlanta Hawks will be hosting a Shark Tank-esque marketing competition — titled "Agency Shootout" — during the heart of the NBA offseason later this month. At the invitation-only event, some of the city's top marketing..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Hawks have decision to make with Dennis Schröder

    Peachtree Hoops "Dennis Schröder won’t play with Germany at this summer’s Eurobasket qualifier and instead will focus on preparing himself for his first season as the starting point guard for the Atlanta Hawks. Schröder has another incentive to skipping on international play this summer and that is a potential..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Humphries: ‘I wasn’t going to play on a team that wasn’t a playoff team’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Kris Humphries will be back in a Hawks uniform next season. The late-season addition signed a one-year, $4 million deal to return. In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Humphries spoke about a variety of subjects including his free agency process, the difference in..." July 30

  • Assistant GM Michael Blackstone leaving Hawks, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "Atlanta Hawks assistant general manager Michael Blackstone is leaving the organization according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore. Blackstone spent just one season with the Hawks and had the working title of executive vice president/sports practice director. Per..." July 27

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Tiago Splitter seems to be moving well

    Peachtree Hoops "Tiago Splitter had season-ending hip surgery in late February and played appeared in just 36 games in his first season for the Atlanta Hawks. Splitter’s rehab appears to be going well and he has been chronicling his rehab via his Instragram account. Splitter appears to be moving well,..." July 23

  • Jae Crowder told Al Horford not to sign with the Wizards because they couldn’t beat Celtics

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder knows the Boston Celtics — with newly acquired big man Al Horford in tow — are going to be much better next season, and he knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest obstacle that stands in the team's path to through the playoffs. He also knows that, as currently..." July 23

  • Dwight Howard Told Beyonce He Sang Her Songs to Help Him Shoot Free Throws

    NESN "Perhaps if Beyoncé made more songs, Dwight Howard would be a better free-throw shooter. Like many big men, Howard has struggled from the free-throw line throughout his NBA career. One of the many tricks he employed with hopes of improving shooting from the free-throw line was singing Beyonce..." July 22

  • Should the Hawks Trade Paul Millsap?

    Peachtree Hoops "When Chris Haynes reported the Hawks and Suns had spoken about a potential Millsap trade for a draft pick package, it made sense financially, at the time, to make room for Al Horford and Dwight Howard. Even after Horford signed with Boston later that day, a trade involving Millsap still could make..." July 21

  • Hawks sign Matt Costello to two-year, non-guaranteed contract

    Peachtree Hoops "After an up-and-down week in Las Vegas, Matt Costello has a home with the Atlanta Hawks... at least for the time being. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported prior to Summer League that Costello would go the training camp with the Hawks, and recently, word broke that the..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Hawks relieve Ferrell of alumni, radio duties

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Duane Ferrell was let go by the Hawks organization last week as the team ended its working relationship with their former player, according to several people familiar with the situation. Ferrell served as the player relations and programs manager in the basketball operations department until..." July 18

  • Dwight Howard on Why it Doesn’t Matter How He Ended Up With 5 Kids by 5 BMs

    Black Sports Online "For the longest time Dwight Howard only publicly claimed one child. After he was spotted in a hospital delivery room with the girlfriend he never claimed (she is an ex-girlfriend now) he had to acknowledge a second child while with the Rockets. Shortly after that a third kid was..." July 18

  • Dwight Howard explains why he chose No. 8 with Hawks

    Larry Brown Sports "After wearing No. 12 throughout his entire NBA career, Dwight Howard has chosen a different jersey number as he begins a new chapter with the Atlanta Hawks. He said after signing with the Hawks that his new number would be deeply significant, and the No. 8 he chose is clearly just that. In an..." July 17

  • Atlanta artist honors Dwight Howard with welcome home mural

    The Score "Dwight Howard is back in his hometown of Atlanta and ready to start the next chapter of his career after inking a three-year, $70.5-million contract with the Hawks. In honor of Howard's homecoming, Atlanta artist H Dawg created this mural in his likeness: " July 17

  • Howard looks to his roots to nourish him again

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The first week of the Dwight Howard Homecoming clearly and cleverly has laid down the baseline for what his Hawks career could be, if handled by the right author. The essential elements of the perfect story are all there: Native big man leaves home still a child in many ways as the NBA’s first..." July 17

  • Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard don't fit well together. That's a problem for the Hawks

    SB Nation "The Atlanta Hawks had an eventful offseason. They traded Jeff Teague before the draft, lost Al Horford to the Boston Celtics in free agency, landed Dwight Howard to replace him and brought back Kent Bazemore after his breakout season. There will be a mix of familiar faces and new additions next..." July 16

  • Kings Claim Lamar Patterson Off Waivers

    Hoops Rumors "The Kings have claimed Lamar Patterson off waivers from the Hawks, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports (Twitter link). As a result, Sacramento will assume responsibility for the $874,636 he is due for 2016/17. Atlanta waived Patterson on Tuesday. It’s a low-risk move..." July 14

  • Dwight Howard says he's not a 'cancer'

    Orlando Sentinel "Former Magic center Dwight Howard says he’s not a locker room “cancer” as a teammate and added that another former Orlando player – Grant Hill – persuaded him to return to his hometown of Atlanta as a free agent. In an interview with ESPN after signing a three-year, $70.5 million deal, Howard..." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Lamar Patterson waived by Atlanta Hawks, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "The Atlanta Hawks suddenly have a roster crunch, and the team reportedly took the first step in alleviating it on Tuesday afternoon. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Hawks have parted ways with guard Lamar Patterson. Patterson, who was a second round pick in..." July 12

  • Hawks forward Mike Scott pleads not guilty to felony drug charges

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Hawks forward Mike Scott pled not guilty to a pair of felony drug charges on Tuesday. Scott was formally charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule 1 drug by the Banks County district attorney’s office stemming from his arrest in July 2015. The four-year NBA player..." July 12

  • Al Horford opens up about his decision to leave Atlanta

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It wasn’t an easy decision for Al Horford. After spending all nine of his NBA seasons with the Hawks, the four-time All-Star center signed with the Celtics as an unrestricted free agent this month. In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, Horford spoke about a..." July 12

  • Kris Humphries agrees to return to Hawks

    Peachtree Hoops "The Kris Humphries era in Atlanta isn’t quite yet over. The veteran forward will be returning for another season with the Hawks, after coming over from the Washington Wizards and playing in 21 games for the Hawks last season. Per The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Humphries and the Hawks have..." July 12

  • Jarrett Jack, Hawks Agree To One-Year Deal For Vet's Minimum

    Real GM Basketball "Jarrett Jack and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. Jack is coming back from a torn ACL." July 11

  • Jeff Teague on Pacers Trade, Hawks Exit, Expectations

    Basketball Insiders "The Indiana Pacers have been extremely busy this offseason, adding veterans like Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson to a core that already includes Paul George, Monta Ellis, Myles Turner and C.J. Miles among others. Team president Larry Bird also replaced long-time head coach Frank Vogel..." July 11

  • Hawks likely seeking third point guard option, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "For a few days, the Atlanta Hawks employed exactly one point guard. Jeff Teague was flipped to the Indiana Pacers as part of a three-team deal that netted the Hawks the number 12 overall pick that became Taurean Prince, and until Atlanta came to reported terms with former Virginia Tech and..." July 07

  • Report: Hawks discussed Millsap trade with Raptors, Rockets

    The Score "With Al Horford having yet to decide whether he was going to re-sign with the franchise or not, the Atlanta Hawks, if only for a short period of time, tossed around the idea of trading All-Star power forward Paul Millsap. Two teams Atlanta discussed deals with were the Toronto Raptors and..." July 07

  • Hawks Preferred Horford Over Millsap In Part Due To $9M Difference In 17-18 Salary

    Real GM Basketball "The Atlanta Hawks' preferred plan in the offseason was to sign Dwight Howard, re-sign Al Horford and trade away Paul Millsap. The Hawks would retain a quality frontcourt in signing Howard and Horford while collecting assets by trading away Millsap. Atlanta preferred Horford on his contract..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Howard: I want to bring a championship home

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Dwight Howard is dreaming big. The eight-time All-Star center wants a title for his hometown. Howard agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks of Friday. He cannot sign a contract until after the NBA moratorium ends on Thursday. “I want to do whatever I can to bring a..." July 06

  • Korver: It wasn’t easy for Horford to leave Atlanta

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It wasn’t easy for Al Horford to leave Atlanta. This according to Kyle Korver, his Hawks teammate and one of several sounding boards Horford called on throughout the process of free agency. The two had several phone conversations before Horford agreed to a contract with the Celtics last..." July 06

  • Report: Denver Nuggets seeking trade for Paul Millsap

    Denver Stiffs "The Denver Nuggets have contacted the Atlanta Hawks about trading for All-Star power forward Paul Millsap, according to a report by ESPN reporter Zach Lowe. The Nuggets were mentioned in the following paragraph: Presti doesn't want to trade Westbrook, but if he feels backed into a corner, he..." July 05

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Atlanta Hawks sign guard Malcolm Delaney, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "The Atlanta Hawks have officially made their first splash since Al Horford verbally agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics, and it comes in guard Malcolm Delaney. The Hawks agreed to a two-year guaranteed deal with the guard, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Delaney played his..." July 03

  • Al Horford Purportedly Chose Boston Over Atlanta Because Of Dwight Howard And An Empty Arena

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Free Agency season is upon us, and the Fourth of July Weekend wasn’t very relaxing for basketball scribes. That’s because the moratorium period has seen a bevy of agreements already, and the biggest move so far, at least in terms of ripple effects elsewhere in free agency, has to be Al..." July 03

  • Horford didn't want to wait on Durant, 'didn't want to play with Dwight'

    CBS Sports "It was a coup for the Boston Celtics on Saturday, landing an agreement with free-agent Al Horford as Danny Ainge began cashing in the truckload of assets left over from the Big Three era in Boston. Ainge isn't finished, clearly. But it's worth pausing and recognizing the enormity of the deal..." July 03

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