HoopsHype Rick Sund rumors
Hawks owners informed general manager Rick Sund his contract will be extended through the 2011-12 season, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. Sund’s return was expected after the Hawks snapped a 15-game losing streak in the second round of the playoffs. His major decisions include replacing coach Mike Woodson with Larry Drew and signing guard Joe Johnson to a $123.7 million free-agent contract. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
An NBA source told WSB Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein that Hawks general manager Rick Sund will return next season. Sund signed a 3-year contract in May of 2008 with an option for a fourth year. At the conclusion of the season, the franchise informed Sund the option would be picked up. In his three years in Atlanta, the Hawks have reached the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals every year and have averaged close to 50 wins per season. Following the 2010 playoffs where they were swept by the Orlando Magic, the Hawks did not offer head coach Mike Woodson a new contract and decided to go in a new direction by promoting assistant Larry Drew. “Over the last few years, a number of teams have had success hiring from within and we feel he is more than ready for the challenge,” said Sund when Drew was hired on June 8, 2010. WSB Channel 2
Atlanta now has 14 players on the roster with a payroll of about $69 million. Sund said the Hawks most likely will not bring any non-roster invitees to training camp, which starts Sept. 28. “Our team is set for training camp,” he said. “We are a veteran team. And with the young guys Teague, [Jordan] Crawford and Pape, our focus is on getting more reps for them.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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