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October 14, 2014 Updates

Al Horford’s name will enter trade talks. It happened in stealth mode last season, when the Hawks reached out to a select group and made it known that Horford could be had for the right price — including an unprotected 2014 first-round pick, per several league sources. Nothing materialized, and Horford is ready to return from another torn pectoral muscle. A healthy Horford is a top-20 player on a below-market contract that runs through 2015-16 — long enough that some team could talk itself into gambling on him. He could net a hefty return for the Hawks, who have been happily skipping down the “pretty good with cap room” path under Danny Ferry. Grantland

Schroder’s team option is for $1,763,400. His contract also calls for a team option for the 2016-17 season of $2,708,582 for the first-round pick from last year. Schroder is second on the team in scoring through the two preseason games at 11.5 points. He is 6 of 13 from the field and 1 of 1 from 3-point range in 45 minutes. The point guard has a total of seven assists and seven turnovers. It’s likely the Hawks will pick up Schroder’s option as it’s too early to give up on the potential they saw in taking him with the 17th overall pick last year. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When did you first get into the tat game and how many tattoos do you have total now?: Mike Scott: I started very late, honestly. My junior year in college. I didn't have my ears pierced or any tattoos — not until my later years of college. But I've honestly really stopped counting. I know people hate when you say that, but I really just stopped counting after college. Is it, like, more than 20 total? And what percentage would you estimate are emojis? Mike Scott: Oh, it's definitely more than 20. Definitely more than 20. About 80%, 85% are emojis, I would say. Mashable

So why emojis? I'd never really seen emoji tattoos before yours. The story behind it is I just use emojis a lot when I text. It's me; it's original. People are doing it now, but no one else had it before I started getting into it. I dunno — I guess I started the trend. It's a trend I see now but for sure no one had it when I started. Mike Scott: Sometimes they say what you can't say. They can express the words that you can't say about how you feel. You can do a whole conversation just using emojis and people will understand. I actually do that a lot. What's the one emoji that doesn't exist that you think is missing? Mike Scott: They definitely need a middle finger emoji. I can't think of many others but that's definitely one I'd like to use for a couple people. Mashable

But what about those two girls kind of dancing side by side? You have that one too, but that's a pretty rare emoji. Mike Scott: Yeah, I just like it. I got the two girls on one arm and then the lady in the red dress on the other. I guess you could say I got my girls on one side and then my mistress on the other side. [Laughs.] I don't even know how to use the two girls one. What do you use it for? Mike Scott: [Laughs] Man, you can use it for a lot of things. I won't go into too much detail, but I always find a way when people text to get them to understand the emojis I'm using. Mashable

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 progressed to the point where he can soon get back on a court against an opposing team. “I think we are hopeful that at some point during the week he’ll get a chance to play,” coach Mike Budenholzer said following Monday’s practice. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 13, 2014 Updates

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 progressed to the point where he can soon get back on a court against an opposing team. “I think we are hopeful that at some point during the week he’ll get a chance to play,” coach Mike Budenholzer said following Monday’s practice. Horford took part in most of the team’s five-on-five and scrimmage work Monday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"Coach this summer worked with me a lot on that (getting to the rim on drives). He told me to use it in the game, get my teammates involved on kick-outs or finish by myself," Schröder acknowledged. "But I have to keep working on it. Still working on it." The six turnovers were sloppy, but the defense the young guard played at times on Russ Smith almost looked predatory. Schröder seemed to smell the fear on Smith and got into the young Pelican, almost right as Smith got to halfcourt. "Yeah, for sure,"Dennis laughed as I asked him about smelling fear on Smith. "Jimmer, too, I could do that. I feel like (when it's like that) I can take them full court, do it every time when it's a dead ball, free throw or something." Peachtree Hoops

October 7, 2014 Updates

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 after its due date. Korver missed a practice Saturday and an exhibition game against the Pelicans Monday. 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 team expects him to be ready for opening night. However, they are bringing him along slowly since it’s the second time he has tore a pectoral muscle causing him to miss most of a season. He must next be cleared for three-one-three, four-on-four and finally five-on-five contact. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 6, 2014 Updates

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 team expects him to be ready for opening night. However, they are bringing him along slowly since it’s the second time he has tore a pectoral muscle causing him to miss most of a season. He must next be cleared for three-one-three, four-on-four and finally five-on-five contact. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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One could essentially drive him, while Smith would have to ignore the latter if he will indeed take on a positive leadership role this season. Smith doesn't know if the rumors were true that teammate Greg Monroe threatened to sign a qualifying offer this summer if Smith weren't traded, and from all accounts, it seems way out of character for Monroe. "You can't really concern yourself with it," Smith said. "But that was my first time dealing with it. Even in Atlanta, nothing like that ever came up in free agency from anybody's camp." Detroit News

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