Hawks Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Hawks owner is a businessman, not a racist

    CBSSports.com "Bruce Levenson, the soon-to-be former Hawks owner who sent the racially insensitive e-mail about the team's crowd demographics, isn't a racist, according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Instead, he's a businessman, as Kareem explained in this thoughtful piece from TIME. Rather than calling Levenson..." September 09

  • Owner Gearon Jr. called for Ferry to resign or be fired

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. wrote a letter to majority owner Bruce Levenson asking that he request the resignation or terminate with cause general manager Danny Ferry in June. In a letter obtained by WSB Channel 2, dated June 12, Gearon Jr. cites a racist statement made by Ferry when..." September 09

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    Chris Vivlamore @CVivlamoreAJC

    The NBA has no plans to discipline Hawks GM Danny Ferry above and beyond undisclosed team sanction. #ATLHawks

  • Sources: GM Danny Ferry's reference to Luol Deng's African heritage initiated Hawks investigation

    Yahoo! Sports "The trigger of events that led to the toppling of Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson began with general manager Danny Ferry referring to free agent Luol Deng as still having "some African in him" on an organizational conference call, league sources with direct knowledge of the probe told Yahoo..." September 08

  • Scouting report sparked Hawks probe

    ESPN.com "An internal and unexpected chain of events stemming from a June free-agent meeting led to Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson putting controlling interest in the team up for sale Sunday, multiple officials told ESPN.com. A racially insensitive email written by Levenson more than two years ago..." September 08

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources say that the player referred to in the initial Hawks' background report that triggered the ensuing investigation was Luol Deng

  • No shortage of potential buyers for Hawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Hawks co-owner and CEO Steve Koonin said he received inquiries from multiple people interested in purchasing the team following the news Sunday that controlling owner Bruce Levenson would sell his interest in the team. In an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday..." September 08

  • Hawks owner situation shows NBA's zero tolerance, all its effects

    CBSSports.com "In 1994, then-Atlanta Hawks owner Ted Turner announced plans to build a new arena for the team in the suburbs, replacing the ramshackle downtown Omni. The city and Fulton County stepped up with tens of millions in incentives and a rental car tax, and Turner reversed course and kept the team..." September 08

  • Owner Bruce Levenson selling Hawks because of racist email

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling interest in the team, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Sunday. In July, Levenson self-reported an email he wrote in August 2012 that he called "inappropriate and offensive." The league commenced an independent investigation..." September 07

  • James Harrison announces his retirement from football

    CBSSports.com "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier this week that the Atlanta Hawks are talking to veteran forward Elton Brand about bringing the big man back. The Hawks could add a 15th player before the start of training camp next month. They are in negotiations with unrestricted center..." August 30

  • Hawks officially annouce re-signing of Scott

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Hawks officially announced the signing of Mike Scott Tuesday. The restricted free agent forward agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract, two years guaranteed plus a team option, earlier this month. “Mike has worked hard and continues to adapt, improve and expand his all-around game,”..." August 27

  • NBA adding extra space along the baseline to increase safety

    SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26

  • DeMarre Carroll Has Overcome Lifetime of Turmoil in Crafting Unique NBA Role

    Bleacher Report "DeMarre Carroll shouldn't be in the NBA right now, much less starting for the Atlanta Hawks. But this isn't a story about a player who's not talented or is a troublemaker. See, this starting small forward traveled the kind of road to NBA success few have experienced. The personal challenges..." August 16

  • NBA releases 2014-2015 schedule: Spurs host Mavs in season opener

    CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13

  • Thabo Sefolosha pulls out of Swiss national team to focus on season with Hawks

    Pro Basketball Talk "Thabo Sefolosha was the Thunder’s reliable “3 and D” guy, until his three point shot became unreliable. The guy who had shot better than 40 percent the two previous seasons in Oklahoma City shot 31.6 percent from three last year and found himself a free agent without much demand. He’s looking..." August 12

  • Wall, Beal among Team USA's cuts

    ESPN.com "Team USA will on Tuesday formally announce the release of Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap from its FIBA World Cup roster, sources with knowledge of the moves say. USA Basketball has scheduled a Tuesday 2 p.m. ET teleconference so..." August 05

  • Source: Forward Mike Scott reaches agreement to remain with Hawks

    Yahoo! Sports "Restricted free-agent forward Mike Scott has reached agreement on a three-year, $10 million contract to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Scott has developed into a promising young player for the Hawks, averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14. In..." August 03

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Preference remains to stay in NBA, but Atlanta RFA Mike Scott considering lucrative three-year offer with CSKA-Moscow, sources tell Yahoo.

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    Earl K. Sneed @EarlKSneed

    Per @MavsPR, the @dallasmavs have signed big man Ivan Johnson. The 6-8 Johnson played 125 games with the Atlanta Hawks from 2011-13.

  • Tavares 'very likely' to return to Spain next season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Edy Tavares will “very likely” return to Spain for another ACB League season, according to a person familiar with situation. The Hawks’ second-round draft pick (No. 43 overall) will play under season for Gran Canaria to continue his development. The 7-foot-3, 260-pound Tavares averaged 6.0..." July 28

  • Team USA invites Paul Millsap

    ESPN.com "In the wake of multiple withdrawals of frontcourt candidates for the national team, USA Basketball has invited Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap to its training camp this week in Las Vegas, sources told ESPN. After initially planning to make no roster additions after the withdrawals of Kevin..." July 27

  • Payne Brings Athleticism, Physical Presence To Hawks

    NBA.com "Hawks first round pick Adreian Payne, who just officially signed with the team, showed plenty of promise during his week of play at Las Vegas Summer League and will look to play his way into the rotation during training camp. Payne comes into the NBA with a pretty well-polished skill set on..." July 27

  • Restricted free agent Shelvin Mack agrees to return to Hawks

    Yahoo! Sports "Restricted free-agent guard Shelvin Mack has reached agreement on a three-year, $7.3 million deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Mack is coming off his best season as a pro for the Hawks, starting 11 of 72 games and averaging a career-best 7.5 points and 3.7..." July 26

  • NBA Union Spent $5.4 Million on Audit of Boss Hunter

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23

  • Sources: NBA warned touring stars of participating in events in Manila

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22

  • Adam Silver considering NBA midseason tournament

    SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Plenty of teams with salary cap space, but two early favorites to make bids on Carlos Boozer: Charlotte and Atlanta.

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    The Thunder also will receive the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis. OKC will send Sefolosha, the rights to Giorgos Printezis and cash to ATL

  • NBA seeks a $15 Billion TV rights deal

    The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15

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    Sam Amick @sam_amick

    Final Luol Deng update for tonight: Atlanta talks revived & quickly died down, & Dallas has L. Stephenson over Deng on priority list, so..

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Atlanta is re-engaged on Luol Deng, who has continued deal talks with Miami today, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources say Kent Bazemore is headed to the Atlanta Hawks on a two-year, $4 million deal

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