Hawks Rumors & News

  • Firm hired to sell Hawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Hawks have hired investment banker Goldman Sachs and Inner Circle Sports to sell the franchise, according to a person familiar with the situation. The exact percentage of the Hawks franchise that will be made available still has not been determined. Currently, the 50.1 percent stake of the..." October 24

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Dexter Pittman, Jarell Eddie Waived By Hawks

    Real GM Basketball "The Atlanta Hawks waived Dexter Pittman and Jarell Eddie on Tuesday." October 21

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

  • Mutombo shows interest in buying Hawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former Hawks player Dikembe Mutombo has met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy the Atlanta Hawks. The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has begun the preliminary work to get involved in the sale of the team. Talks are ongoing. The group may also..." October 21

  • Sources: Chris Webber joins group interested in buying Hawks

    Yahoo! Sports "Five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber is part of a potential ownership group that has submitted a letter of interest to the NBA about its desire to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to..." October 17

  • NBA May Base Teams in Europe If Arenas Meet League’s Standards

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16

  • Will Al Horford trade rumors swirl this season?

    Peachtree Hoops "Over at Grantland, Zach Lowe makes "33 Crazy Predictions" for the upcoming NBA season and says that trade rumors will once again emerge around Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford. It happened in stealth mode last season, when the Hawks reached out to a select group and made it known that Horford..." October 14

  • Horford likely to play in exhibition game this week

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It’s likely that Al Horford will play in at least one of the Hawks’ three exhibition games this week. The center has been out with a torn right pectoral muscle suffered 29 games into last season. The team has brought him along slowly through training camp. It appears that his rehabilitation has..." October 13

  • Report: Referees to focus on illegal screens, verticality this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s one of the fun questions at the start of every NBA season: What are the referees going to focus on and call the first half of the season. Every year the NBA referees are given new points of emphasis, and we get these calls for the first half of the season. Then between a combination of..." October 12

  • Despite size, Brand back to guard traditional centers

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Elton Brand needed the Hawks. The Hawks needed Elton Brand. The mutual sentiments have the center back for a 16th NBA season in a role that may seem implausible considering his height and weight and the wear and tear on a 35-year-old body. Brand simply wasn’t ready to hang it up. The..." October 10

  • Kyle Korver returned to practice on Tuesday following the birth of his second child

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Kyle Korver was back at Hawks practice Tuesday, three days after his wife delivered the couple’s second child and first son. Knox Elliot Korver was born Saturday afternoon. Korver reported that mother, Juliet, and child are home, healthy and doing well. The child was delivered nearly a week..." October 07

  • Horford cleared for two-one-two contact

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The return of Al Horford took another step forward this week when the Hawks center began doing two-on-two contact work. Horford said he has been doing the limited contact work for the past three days. Horford is returning from a torn right pectoral muscle that required surgery in December. The..." October 07

  • Hawks looking to hire Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    CBSSports.com "In the wake of the Bruce Levenson email and the Danny Ferry conference call, the Atlanta Hawks have posted a job opening for a "Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer." This person's responsibilities are as follows: The primary goal of the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CDIO) is to..." October 06

  • Hawks' Pero Antic breaks nose in practice, had surgery to repair it

    CBSSports.com "The Atlanta Hawks announced Saturday that big man Pero Antic will miss Monday's preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to surgery following a broken nose. Antic suffered the broken nose during a practice in training camp on Thursday and had surgery to repair the injury on Friday at a..." October 04

  • Horford leads Hawks' healing process

    ESPN.com "The official prognosis entering training camp was that Al Horford's surgically repaired chest and shoulders weren't quite ready to carry the weight of his troubled franchise into the season. But the Atlanta Hawks' marquee player is already deep into the heavy lifting. "It's been important..." October 03

  • With free agency looming, Millsap focused on season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Paul Millsap has been reminded – often – just how much the Hawks want him to return next season. Still, the services of the All-Star power forward will go on the open market following the season. By signing just a two-year deal last year, Millsap is destined for free agency according to the NBA’s..." October 02

  • Bazemore starting over after foot injury

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Kent Bazemore is learning how to run, jump and shoot all over again. The Hawks free-agent signee is recovering from April surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right foot. He, like center Al Horford, will be brought along slowly during training camp with the plan to be ready by opening..." October 01

  • Updated NBA season win totals released

    Covers.com "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01

  • Horford is fine remaining at center

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "There was an interesting tidbit from my interview with Al Horford Tuesday after the Hawks opened training camp on the campus of the University of Georgia. As a final question, Horford was asked – one more time – about playing center another season as he returns from a torn pectoral muscle. The..." October 01

  • Budenholzer more than ready, able to function as Hawks' GM and coach

    Fox Sports South "Most people dread going back to work. For head coach Mike Budenholzer, the return to the basketball court will be refreshing. In reality though, Budenholzer's been hard at work for some time. Wearing two hats within the organization has left little time for rest. When general manager Danny..." September 30

  • Hawks to put Dominique Wilkins statue outside of Philips Arena

    CBSSports.com "One of the best ways to pay homage to a star of a sports organization is to retire their number so that nobody else in team history can ever wear it. But when you have an even bigger star whose presence lives beyond the playing days and continues to make an impact in the organization, eventually..." September 29

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    Chris Vivlamore @CVivlamoreAJC

    Also from my Q&A with Mike Budenholzer, Kent Bazemore (foot) will be brought slowly through camp, should be ready for season. #ATLHawks

  • Luol Deng says he forgives Danny Ferry, doesn't think he's a racist

    CBSSports.com "Miami Heat forward Luol Deng met with the media on Friday and, predictably, most of the questions were about Danny Ferry and the Atlanta Hawks. Deng had commented on the remarks read by the Hawks general manager on a conference call in a statement earlier this month, but this was the first time he..." September 27

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    Chris Vivlamore @CVivlamoreAJC

    Also from my Q&A with Mike Budenholzer, Kent Bazemore (foot) will be brought slowly through camp, should be ready for season. #ATLHawks

  • Magic Johnson says Danny Ferry 'deserves a second chance'

    CBSSports.com "NBA legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter Tuesday and revealed he has spoken with Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry and believes that the executive who is on a leave of absence in light of a racist-comment scandal "deserves a second chance." Johnson has become somewhat of a spokesman for the players..." September 24

  • Tim Duncan says Danny Ferry is not a racist, talks his future

    CBSSports.com "In an interview with San Antonio sports radio ESPN 1250... wait, first off, it's news that Tim Duncan willingly spoke with sports radio in San Antonio. He commented on the Danny Ferry controversy, and said that he doesn't think Ferry "is a racist in any way." Ferry spent several years with the..." September 24

  • Elton Brand officially re-signs with Atlanta Hawks

    Peachtree Hoops "The Hawks have officially re-signed Elton Brand for the 2014-2015 season. We are happy to retain Elton," Budenholzer said. "In addition to the production he gives us on the court, he is the ultimate professional and a terrific leader. Elton's presence is felt by all of us, but especially his..." September 23

  • Gustavo Ayon signs two-year deal overseas with Real Madrid

    CBSSports.com "For the past three seasons, Gustavo Ayon has been a pleasant surprise off the bench for NBA teams. He's been a mostly effective big man in limited minutes, providing solid scoring and rebounding numbers when he's put on the floor. He also did a fantastic job of helping the Mexico national team..." September 23

  • NBA not actively investigating source of Luol Deng 'African' comment, according to report

    SB Nation "The NBA is not actively seeking to identify and discipline the scout who made the racially insensitive comments read by Danny Ferry that sparked one of the biggest NBA controversies this offseason, according to Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com. The league is attributing the comments, which were directed..." September 23

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    Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

    Everybody in Atlanta can stop asking if I am going to buy the Hawks, because the answer is no! Lol

  • Steve Kerr said Danny Ferry made mistake but is a “man of high character”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Through the entire mess that may cost Danny Ferry his job in Atlanta his supporters have had his back. It started with a conference call with team owners Ferry said of free agent Luol Deng, “He has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out..." September 18

  • Mayor determined not to let another team leave Atlanta

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who has already seen two professional sports franchises leave the city limits during his administration, is determined not to let a third get away. Reed said Tuesday that the city will play a role in the sale of the Hawks and that he has committed to keep the NBA..." September 17

  • Melo: Free agents will spurn Hawks

    ESPN New York "New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony believes future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Atlanta Hawks in light of statements made by general manager Danny Ferry. "[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said Saturday at the Citi Carmelo Anthony..." September 15

  • Atlanta Hawks issue letter of apology to their fans and Atlanta

    CBSSports.com "Following two embarrassing situations involving high level members of the organization, the Atlanta Hawks are now attempting to repair the relationship with their fans and the community in Atlanta. An email involving racially insensitive and offensive characterizations of African American..." September 14

  • Korver: Luol Deng ready 'to move on'

    ESPN.com "An ex-teammate says Luol Deng told him that he was "shocked" at statements made by Danny Ferry, but did not think the Atlanta Hawks general manager or anybody with the team was racist. Kyle Korver, who plays for the Hawks and was a teammate of Deng's for two seasons with the Chicago Bulls, told..." September 14

  • Attorney Doug Davis a candidate to buy Hawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Doug Davis, the son of the legendary Clive Davis, could be the next owner of the Hawks. The New York Post ran a story Friday that the entertainment and sports attorney is assembling a group that is interested in buying the Hawks. I was told Friday night that Davis is indeed a legitimate..." September 14

  • Hawks CEO Koonin: Ferry taking indefinite leave of absence

    NBA.com "The following statement was released by CEO Steve Koonin: "This afternoon, Danny Ferry requested, and I have approved, taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately. This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the..." September 13

  • A blunder-filled era for Atlanta Hawks ownership nears its end

    Washington Post "There was so much hope back in September 2003, when AOL Time Warner agreed to sell some of its “non-core assets” to Steve Belkin, Bruce Levenson, Ed Peskowitz, Michael Gearon Jr., Rutherford Seydel and four lesser stakeholders. The era of corporate detachment – which contributed to a lousy,..." September 12

  • Alleged Audio of Danny Ferry's Comments about Luol Deng Leaked

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has obtained the audio recording of the Hawks conference call that is at the center of the current firestorm that has engulfed the organization. The June 6 call features general manager Danny Ferry speaking about potential free-agent targets. During the call with..." September 12

  • Shareef Abdur-Rahim: 'I am proud to have African in me'

    Yahoo! Sports "Editor's note: Former Atlanta Hawks star and Atlanta native Shareef Abdur-Rahim, now the Sacramento Kings' director of player personnel and general manager for the Development League's Reno Big Horns, wrote an open letter to Yahoo Sports discussing the racially charged comments made by Atlanta..." September 12

  • This is not Danny Ferry's first race-related controversy

    SB Nation "In November 2002, Bonzi Wells spit on Danny Ferry during a Blazers win over the Spurs. This incident was added to the That's Bonzi! oeuvre straight away. He was also suspended for one game. Four years later, as Bonzi starred for the one of the meanest teams in modern history -- the Ron..." September 11

  • Adam Silver: Hawks GM Danny Ferry shouldn't be fired

    USA Today "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does not believe that Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry should be fired for his racially charged remarks about former free agent Luol Deng, he told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday. Silver, who just arrived in Barcelona for FIBA World Cup, explained in detail how..." September 11

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    Eric Pincus @EricPincus

    Atlanta Hawks finally signed Kent Bazemore on Wednesday - two yr deal at a flat $2 mil per @BBallInsiders

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Atlanta has re-signed Elton Brand to a one-year, $2M contract, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

  • Atlanta civil rights leaders protesting after Hawks cancel meeting

    SB Nation "Local civil rights leaders in Atlanta are staging an impromptu protest at Philips Arena after the Hawks canceled a meeting scheduled between the two parties, CBS 46 Atlanta reports. Rev. Markel Hutchins and other activists say they were turned away from the team's facilities Wednesday despite..." September 10

  • Dominique Wilkins -- Gunning to Buy Atlanta Hawks

    TMZ.com "With racist-ass racist Bruce Levenson on the outs ... TMZ Sports has learned NBA legend Dominique Wilkins is actively trying to become the next owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Multiple NBA sources tell us ... Dominique is "extremely interested" in becoming the next owner of the Hawks -- and has..." September 10

  • An exclusive look at Hawks GM Danny Ferry’s fateful conference call

    Yahoo! Sports "Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry had been cornered where no NBA executive wants to be: a late afternoon, Friday conference call with the limited ownership partners. For all the contract language that dictated that Ferry had only to report to owner Bruce Levenson, these information calls..." September 10

  • Luol Deng responds: 'I actually have a lot of African in me'

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The following is the complete statement issued by Miami Heat player Luol Deng on Tuesday in regard to the Hawks situation: HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their..." September 10

  • Questions remain about Hawks' background report

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Many questions remain concerning the recent controversy that has beset the Hawks organization. There are two big ones still unanswered. Both concern the background report on free agent target Luol Deng that contained racist remarks about the player. The comments resulted in an internal..." September 10