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Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:17:51 PDT)
All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland and Marc Gasol of Memphis lead the list of bigs that includes DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers, Tyson Chandler of Dallas, and twins Brook Lopez of the Nets and Robin Lopez of Portland. Dwyane Wade has to decide if he wants to stay in Miami, Rajon Rondo will leave Dallas, and count on the Lakers being linked to many of the marquee names as they try to bring what was long a perennial contender back to prominence after two straight miserable seasons.

Hawks promote coach Budenholzer to top exec spot
(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:17:34 PDT)
Mike Budenholzer, voted the NBA Coach of the Year this past season, was promoted to president of basketball operations and coach while Wes Wilcox was named general manager. Tuesday's moves were the first undertaken by the club since the Hawks were sold June 24 to a group led by billionaire Tony Ressler. Budenholzer, who took over as coach of the Hawks in May of 2013, guided Atlanta to a 60-22 mark this past season, the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Hawks' Korver has 'loose bodies' removed from elbow (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:34:36 PDT)
Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver is expected to be ready for the start of training camp following surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow. The Hawks say Tuesday's surgery was performed in New York by Dr. David Altchek. It is the third surgery since March for the 34-year-old Korver, the team's starting shooting guard and 3-point specialist.

Pero Antic leaving Hawks for return to Europe (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:06:20 PDT)
Pero Antic is returning to Europe following two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, most spent as a backup power forward and center. The 6-foot-11 Antic, born in Skopje, Yugoslavia, has signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce of the Euroleague. Antic averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 63 games, including only three starts, as the Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals this season.

The Dawn of Free Agency (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:05:00 PDT)
Jonas Nader breaks down all of the latest news from around the NBA and gets you ready for the beginning of free agency on July 1.

Korver to have 3rd surgery since March, this time on elbow (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:08:38 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo his third surgery since March when a specialist removes loose bodies from his right elbow on Tuesday.

Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Korver to undergo elbow surgery
(Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:08:20 PDT)
Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo right elbow surgery Tuesday, the veteran NBA 3-point sharpshooter's second operation in five weeks, the club announced. Korver will have surgery in New York to remove loose bodies from the elbow. No timetable for recovery will be decided until after the operation, the Hawks said in a statement released Monday.

Budenholzer hopes Hardaway helps Hawks keep Millsap, Carroll (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:50:13 PDT)
Now that he's added Tim Hardaway Jr., Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has narrowed his focus on re-signing All-Star forward Paul Millsap and starting guard DeMarre Carroll. NBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents at 12 a.m. Wednesday, and Budenholzer believes the acquisition of Hardaway will help convince Millsap and Carroll to stay in Atlanta.

Draymond Green eager for free agency courtships (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:21:44 PDT)
There is expected interest from Golden State and Detroit. The Hawks and Rockets are also expected to be interested in Green, a source said.

Paul Pierce opts out of contract with Wizards (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:51:30 PDT)
Paul Pierce is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Wizards and will become a free agent Wednesday. The veteran small forward signed a two-year deal with Washington last summer that included a reported $5.5 million player option for the 2015-16 season. Pierce told The Player's Tribune website of his decision, and the Wizards confirmed his move Saturday.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:08:36 PDT)
June 26 (The Sports Xchange) - New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony reportedly expressed his displeasure Thursday night with team president Phil Jackson's decision to draft 7-foot-1 big man Kristaps Porzingis. Anthony, in a phone conversation with former teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., who was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, questioned Jackson's decision to select the 19-year-old Porzingis because he may not be ready to contribute immediately, according to New York Daily News and ESPN sources. ...

Wizards rookie Oubre filled with confidence (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:18:45 PDT)
Basketball fans are enamored with the idea of native son Kevin Durant playing for the Washington Wizards starting in 2016. Starting this fall, Kelly Oubre Jr. begins his rookie campaign in Washington as a draft-day trade landed the Kansas product with the Wizards. The young forward has a relationship with the Oklahoma City Thunder star.

Grading the 2015 NBA draft (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:42:29 PDT)
The 2015 NBA draft took place on Thursday, after a flurry of rumors and trades preceded the festivities. We thought we’d go in depth and look at each team’s haul for the week, grading each team in terms of context, potential, scouting, and the idea that half of these damn kids are 20 – so let’s give ‘em a little room to figure things out, OK? On to the grades *** Atlanta Hawks Acquired : Tim Hardaway Jr. (via trade with New York), Dimitrios Agravanis at No. 59, two future second-round picks. Because the Hawks’ outright theft of a midrange first-round draft pick from the Nets (a swap of selection from the three-year old Joe Johnson deal) was so cunning, it feels like a bit of a disappointment that the team was only able to parlay the 15th overall pick into Hardaway Jr. and a pair of second-rounders from Washington. Atlanta chose Kelly Oubre for the Wizards in the deal, moving them down to 19th in what seemed like a head-scratcher at the time – the price of moving up four slots in the middle of the first-round is only two second-rounders? Then the Hawks added to the confusion by adding Hardaway Jr. in exchange for the 19th pick, which New York used on Jerian Grant. If DeMarre Carroll returns as a free agent and Thabo Sefolosha comes back to full health (no sure thing, ATL doesn’t have Carroll’s Bird Rights and Thabo’s injury is a rare and unfortunate non-basketball one), the Hawks would have no immediate use for Oubre or any of the other several swingmen available at 15 (or 19), and they don’t need another point man. Hardaway has his merits. He took a step back in his second season but he could be the isolation scorer the Hawks sorely need in the backcourt. This still seems like a disappointment. Grade: C *** Boston Celtics Acquired : Terry Rozier at No. 16, R.J. Hunter at No. 28, Jordan Mickey at No. 33, Marcus Thornton at No. 45. Boston entered the night attempting to do damage with its cadre of young, solid-enough tradeable player assets, its two first-rounders this year, two extra first-round picks besides its own in 2016, and potentially 11 future extra second-round picks spread out between 2016 and 2018. It takes two or sometimes three teams to tango in the NBA, however, and when trades fell through the Celtics settled on taking hybrid guard depth with Louisville’s Rozier, a shooter/playmaker in Georgia St.’s Hunter late in the first, and a possible rotation-ready rim protector in LSU’s Mickey in the second round. The similarities between Rozier and last year’s lottery pick, Marcus Smart, are a little concerning, but the C’s seem convinced he was the best player available. They’ll rely on the brilliant Brad Stevens to turn Hunter into a consistent contributor, and Mickey does serve a need in the paint even with his whippet-thin frame. Marcus Thornton will have an uphill battle to make the team, which is a shame because the Celtics could have been one trade and one roster invite away from having two Marcus Thorntons on their team. We’re still upset at the fact that the Celtics waived Allan Ray just weeks after trading for Ray Allen, so this clearly drags their grade down a bit. Grade: C+ *** Brooklyn Nets Acquired : Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (No. 23 pick, via trade), Juan Vaulet (No. 39 pick, via trade), Steve Blake (via trade), Chris McCullough at No. 29. The Nets shipped center Mason Plumlee, who was oddly in and out of the rotation last season, to Portland for Hollis-Jefferson and Blake. The Arizona product is a killer athlete, teammate, and he’ll be a consummate pro, but he remains a terrible shooter with mechanics that need a complete overhaul. As we saw in Charlotte with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, even exacting attention to fixing these sorts of things oftentimes isn’t enough. McCullough was considered a lottery talent until he tore his ACL while at Syracuse, and it’s possible that he’ll miss all of 2015-16. Prior to the injury he still looked like a project, full of long arms but a wispy frame, but Brooklyn doesn’t mind developing him at the low-low price of the penultimate pick of the first-round. Vaulet is an Argentinean athletic swingman who has quite a bit to do in order to develop an all-around NBA game. Grade: B ***

2015 NBA draft's trade roundup (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:23:03 PDT)
More than a dozen trades happened over the past two weeks, most of them coming on draft night.

Hawks acquire Hardaway Jr. in draft-night trade with Knicks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:24:09 PDT)
As names started coming off his draft board, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer didn't see a player who excited him at the 15th or the 19th spot. When the New York Knicks called to say Tim Hardaway Jr. was available for the 19th overall pick, the Hawks were in. ''We've had our eye on him for a while,'' Budenholzer said Thursday night.

Knicks select Latvian forward Porzingis 4th in NBA draft (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:19:56 PDT)
In his first offseason leading the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson came up short trying to land Pau Gasol. Jackson may have landed his multifaceted forward a year later with Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia. The Knicks selected the 6-foot-11 forward with the fourth pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Hawks draft power forward Agravanis late in 2nd round (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:09:25 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have drafted power forward Dimitrios Agravanis of Greece with the 59th overall pick of the NBA draft.

Hawks draft shooting guard Eriksson in 2nd round (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:08:22 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have drafted shooting guard Marcus Eriksson of Sweden with the 50th pick of the NBA draft.

The Latest: Can't wait for history? Winners, losers in draft (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:06:05 PDT)
The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):

Wizards get Kansas SF Oubre in draft-day trade with Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:34:33 PDT)
From his spike-covered shoes to his initial interviews as an NBA draftee, Kelly Oubre sure made quite a first impression. On the basketball court, the Washington Wizards are willing to be patient with the 19-year-old Oubre. Washington moved up four spots in the first round to get the Kansas freshman in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected Oubre with the 15th overall pick Thursday night.

T'Wolves take Towns with top pick, Russell goes second
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:27:23 PDT)
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kentucky's versatile big man Karl-Anthony Towns was the expected first overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA Draft but surprises followed at Barclays Center on Thursday. The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, two once-proud franchises, made big bets on players with potential while two international players were among the top five choices. Towns, 19, is considered an ideal modern NBA big man with a combination of dominant defense, low post scoring brilliance and an outside shot -- qualities craved by a Minnesota team that has not made the playoffs since 2004.

NBA-T'Wolves take Towns with top pick, Russell goes second
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:21:00 PDT)
* Lakers take Russell second, 76ers grab Okafor third * Knicks pick Latvian Kristaps Porzingis with fourth pick (Adds details of trades) By Larry Fine NEW YORK, June 25 (Reuters) - Kentucky's versatile big man Karl-Anthony Towns was the expected first overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA Draft but surprises followed at Barclays Center on Thursday. The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, two once-proud franchises, made big bets on players with potential while two international players were among the top five choices.

Knicks trade Hardaway to Hawks for Grant rights (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:46:11 PDT)
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Knicks have traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant.

Sources: Hawks acquire Tim Hardaway Jr. from Knicks (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:01:14 PDT)
The Hawks initially traded down, then out of the first round to pick up Tim Hardaway Jr.

2015 NBA Draft Tracker (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:45:00 PDT)
Follow along all night for up-to-the-minute NBA Draft picks and trades.

2015 NBA mock draft: Last call (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:34:56 PDT)
Here's one more look at who is moving up and down in the final hours before the NBA draft.

Grant Hill hoping to help bring success to Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:45:00 PDT)
Grant Hill always wondered why the Atlanta Hawks struggled to attract big-name free agents. Now the seven-time NBA All-Star faces a challenge to help make that happen. Hill was introduced as vice chair of the Hawks on Thursday, one day after the franchise and arena rights were purchased for $850 million.

Hawks show off new uniforms as new ownership group moves in (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:34:54 PDT)
The Hawks are coming off their best season in Atlanta - and that's not all. Guard Kyle Korver thinks it's about to get even better now that the team has new owners, a new front office and new uniforms. With coach Mike Budenholzer the new president of basketball operations, Korver believes the Hawks have a good chance to move past the Eastern Conference finals next season.

Tony Ressler announced as Hawks' main owner (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:18:06 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The NBA board of governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Hawks to an ownership group led by billionaire Tony Ressler.

Owners approve Hawks sale following racial remarks
(Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:01:38 PDT)
Billionaire Tony Ressler's purchase of the Atlanta Hawks has been unanimously approved by NBA owners, the league announced Wednesday, concluding a sale forced by racial remarks in e-mails discovered last year. The sale comes after a 2012 e-mail written by former co-owner Bruce Levenson, which said in part black fans were scaring away white supporters, was uncovered last year in a probe following comments by former general manager Danny Ferry, who resigned Monday. Ferry made derogatory racial remarks about British NBA star Luol Deng, reading them off a scouting report on a conference call.

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