HoopsHype Zaza Pachulia rumors


July 8, 2013 Updates
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Milwaukee has reached out to Pachulia, an unrestricted free agent who would be a perfect backup for Sanders. I’ve been told Pachulia has being courted by a handful of teams but the Bucks may be the frontrunner for his services. Racine Journal-Times

The Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs want to talk with Pachulia, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about ongoing negotiations. USA Today Sports

July 1, 2013 Updates

“Atlanta is my home,” Pachulia said. “There is no question about it. The franchise has been great to me over the past eight years from the owners to the front office, coaches and of course the fans. “But I also understand the situation because the [front office] has so many things to do this summer. Danny Ferry has so much work to do. Obviously being somewhat of a new general manager here and hiring a new head coach (Mike Budenholzer). Now they have to fill out the team with players. There are so many roster spots available, so I understand the business side of it.” HoopsWorld

The free agency period is underway and the Portland Trail Blazers wasted little time in reaching out to free agent center Zaza Pachulia, a league source informed CSNNW.com. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the private nature of the talks, says there is interest on both sides and added that dialogue would continue. CSNNW.com

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May 13, 2013 Updates

With your situation (unrestricted free agent), is it safe to say you want to be back? Zaza Pachulia: How can’t I. I’ve been here eight years and I call Atlanta home. You guys know the relationship between me and fans. I would love to be back again. I’ve been in this situation, this is my third time being free agent and we all understand that this is a business. We’ll see when July comes and we’ll see what offers I get from what teams. I hope Atlanta will be one of them. How do you handle the uncertainty? Zaza Pachulia: I feel very confident. Not only for this year but for 10 years I’ve been playing in the NBA. Teams know me. So my main focus honestly is to take care of this foot and start working out and get back in shape. The goal is to obviously be the best shape possible for next training camp. This is something that concerns me more than free agency honestly. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Is there any way you are allowing it to go through your mind that you won’t return here for a quote home-town discount? Zaza Pachulia: Again, I hope so. I really hope so. I totally understand that the Atlanta Hawks have so much work to do this summer. (There are) so many free agents and key players and the coaching staff. It’s hard to say anything. Once time goes you’ll have a better idea of the big picture but right now it’s very, very hard to say from my standpoint and from their standpoint as well. I totally understand. I have reason not to think about it because of my foot. Right now the focus is to get back on track. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

May 6, 2013 Updates

Pachulia wants to return: Zaza Pachulia stood with a walking boot on his right foot and a basketball tucked under his right arm Saturday. They served as symbols of his present and future. The Hawks center missed the final 24 games of the regular season after surgery to repair a partially torn Achillies. Pachulia, a fan favorite, is an unrestricted free agent, and after spending the past eight season in Atlanta, he wants to return. “How can I not (want to be back),” Pachulia said after cleaning out his locker following the season-ending loss. “I’ve been here eight years. I call Atlanta home. You guys know the relationship between me and fans. I would love to be back again. This is my third time being a free agent, and we all understand the business, but again, we’ll see what July brings.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 31, 2013 Updates

Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia will undergo surgery on his sore right Achilles and miss the rest of the season. The Hawks said the 29-year-old Pachulia is scheduled for surgery Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time is approximately six months, meaning the Hawks will be without another valuable member of their bench heading into the playoffs. The team already lost guard Lou Williams to a season-ending knee injury. USA Today Sports

March 30, 2013 Updates

Zaza Pachulia may have played his last game with the Hawks. He has definitely played his last game this season. Pachulia, plagued by a sore right Achilles for two months, will undergo a surgical procedure and miss the remainder of the year. The center and fan favorite, who spent the past eight seasons with the Hawks, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Details of the surgery, a procedure to repair the sore Achilles, and the recovery period are to be determined. “After thoroughly reviewing the possible options with Zaza, we all felt this was the best decision to ensure Zaza’s complete recovery so that he can be at 100 percent going forward,” Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manger Danny Ferry said. “Zaza is a professional with a strong work ethic. The Hawks will continue to be completely supportive as he tackles the return to play process.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 25, 2013 Updates
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Zaza Pachulia said Thursday that he is out indefinitely as he awaits final medical reports from the second and third opinions he received on his ailing right Achilles. Pachulia will miss his seventh straight game Friday when the Hawks take on the Suns. The center said the soreness in his Achilles has gotten worse, prompting the additional medical advice. It will also be the 13th game in the past 24 he has missed with the condition. “Right now, I can just say that I’m out indefinitely,” Pachulia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday. “We are in the process of different treatments. There is no timeframe. All I can say is it is indefinite. There is no report from the doctors yet. Basically, every day matters. We are expecting it to get better. We don’t know when or how soon. Hopefully the treatments will help.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 15, 2013 Updates
March 10, 2013 Updates

The Hawks played without Zaza Pachulia for a fourth consecutive game Saturday. A sore right Achilles has bothered the center for a month and a half. Pachulia has missed 10 of the past 21 games with the issue. The team lists Pachulia as day-to-day, although there is no clear timetable on when he might return. “He has seen doctors,” coach Larry Drew said. “Right now we are waiting to see how he progresses. It won’t be anything that we rush. We’ll wait on whenever he feels he can come back, or if he can come back. Right now, he’s just day-to-day.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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