Mike Budenholzer Rumors
“That plays a role in it,” Budenholzer said of his familiarity with Neal. “I have a great comfort level and confidence in Gary. His ability to shoot and make shots and be a weapon coming off the bench in big games. He is a competitive guy, a smart guy.” Budenholzer said he sees Neal as a combo guard but the team need is for a third point guard.
Budenholzer would not commit to the future of other players on the roster now that a firm decision has been made regarding Millsap. “Teams are always trying to figure out how to get better,” Budenholzer said. “But with Paul, it’s important for us and for our group to understand how important he is to us.”
When asked if the roster is set moving forward through the trading deadline, Hawks coach and team president Mike Budenholzer said he currently likes what he is seeing from his team. “I just know that we feel strongly about this group, we feel good,” Budenholzer said at shootaround. “The collection of guys, the way they fit and play together, we have shown an ability to play well for long stretches and against good teams. We just have to maintain that for the rest of the year and we are excited about the group.”
“Paul and I have a lot of conversations about basically everything. Paul has been a pro, he has been great and I think he really believes in what we are doing and we are just excited about this group. I am sure you can imagine and respect that those conversations are between Paul and I. If I told you (the specifics) then they wouldn’t be between he and I. He is in a good place and I am always very open and very honest with him.”