The Hawks are interested in bringing back Joe Johnson. And a reunion is a real possibility. The Hawks are one of several teams with serious interest in signing the seven-time All-Star and Johnson has serious interest in the returning to Atlanta, according to several people familiar with the situation. The Nets bought out Johnson’s contract and waived the guard/forward on Thursday. Another team can claim Johnson and assume his salary. More likely, he will become a free agent when he clears waivers at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
August 27, 2016 | 8:30 pm EDT Update
The weather in New York has been good lately. A little bit too hot, if you ask Lance Thomas, but good nonetheless. His summer has been even better. “Oh my summer’s been good,” Thomas told Elite Sports NY during Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Block Party in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I got to go fishing a little bit. I’m here in Brooklyn, where I was born. I’ve been enjoying every bit of my summer, but I’m ready to get back and play.”
“We made some power moves. We’ve got some dogs on this roster,” Thomas told Elite Sports NY. “We got some guys who are hungry and who personally feel like they have something to prove. So if we can keep that attitude, make it a collective attitude and we all want the same thing, I don’t see why we [can’t compete].”
Among the Knicks’ additions was former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. Thomas said he spoke to his new head coach shortly after Hornacek signed his three-year deal this off-season. “I like him. He wants to win,” he said. “When you’re talking to him, you can tell that he didn’t come here just to get a job. He came here to help us win this season. So I’m on board with that, and I think everyone on the team who has met him already is on board with that. So I’m ready to work.”
The 2016 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame consists of: PLAYERS: Panagiotis Fasoulas (Greece); Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria/USA); Manuel Raga (Mexico); Juan Antonio San Epifanio (Spain); Michele Timms (Australia). COACH: Jorge Canavesi (Argentina). CONTRIBUTOR: David J. Stern (USA).