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February 7, 2015 Updates

Before the Warriors lost to the Hawks, 124-116, in a potential NBA Finals preview Friday, Kerr said he hasn’t thought ahead to his Garden night of reckoning. “Sometimes I lie to you guys when I say I haven’t thought about stuff,’’ Kerr said. “Like the Klay [Thompson]-[James] Harden thing. I’ve lied to you about five times on that. But I’m not lying this time. I haven’t thought about the Knicks at all. This is obviously the game that we’re focused on. We traveled across the country [Thursday] with the day off. The coaches watched tape on the flight. We did our walk-through this morning. And then after the game tonight, I can give you my Bill Belichick ‘We’re on to New York,’ and we’ll talk about the Knicks.’’ New York Post

February 6, 2015 Updates

Ryen Russillo: Hearing Atlanta trying to get in the Ray Allen mix. Cleveland still the favorite. Look for decision after All-Star break. Twitter @ryenarussillo

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. The Hawks’ basketball operations staff has had, and will continue to have, conversations about ways to improve the team. “For us to be open to improving the group and adding more depth, with Thabo healthy or without Thabo healthy or without Thabo having this injury, it’s kind of the same mindset,” coach Mike Budenolzer said. “We really like our group. You are hesitant to do anything. There is a little more opportunity for a six- to eight-week window but I don’t think it changes much if at all.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 5, 2015 Updates

The Hawks recently announced that the guard/forward will miss the next six to eight weeks with a right calf strain suffered 2:21 into Friday’s game against the Trail Blazers. An MRI exam confirmed the diagnosis. Sefolosha told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday that he heard a ‘pop’ when he injured the calf. He said the injury occurred when landed after a jump and that there was nothing out of the ordinary on the play. Sefolosha described the strain as a Grade III. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ferry read a scouting report about potential free agent targets during a conference call with members of the Hawks’ three ownership groups and flippantly recited some insensitive comments about Deng’s African heritage that eventually forced him to take a leave of absence. “He said, ‘I don’t understand why it’s in the report, but I forgive Danny and I’m ready to move on,’ ” Brand said of Deng. “So that helped me. As a team, we felt like that’s a management issue. That was up there. We still got to play, we still got to get our fans back.” Washington Post

“Give me four or five really good players over one superstar. I will take that any day,” Millsap said. “It gives you a lot of comfort. When things aren’t going right and you are having one of those 3-for-10 or 1-for-7 nights, you know somebody else will pick up the slack. That is what a full team does.” Washington Post

“If it’s good, solid fundamental basketball and if it’s good, solid fundamental players and they’re making good decisions at both ends of the court, that’s what we want to do,” Budenholzer said. “I think the Spurs have done it at a really high level for a really long time. We all have a ton of respect, the whole league has a ton of respect for the Spurs. I’ve seen firsthand the kind of success, a lot of the things that were done there. But we’re trying to do a lot of things our own way and with our own players.” Washington Post

Teague added that Budenholzer won’t allow this team to get complacent. “You can never put a smile on his face,” Teague said. “I don’t care what you do. He just doesn’t smile. I think it just trickles down to the team.” What would put a smile on his face? “Probably win a championship,” Teague said. Washington Post

Budenholzer and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox run basketball operations while Ferry’s future with the organization remains uncertain until the team is eventually sold. Forbes recently valued the worth of the franchise as $825 million. Koonin said there is no shortage of interested buyers and the current success “is good for the value. It’s a winning organization now.” Washington Post

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