The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed Jeremy Evans and Jordan Mathews, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. A six-year NBA veteran, Evans spent 2010-15 with the Utah Jazz, the 2015-16 season with the Dallas Mavericks and last year with Khimki (Russia). The 2012 NBA slam dunk contest champion, Evans has appeared in 249 career regular season games (nine starts), averaging 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.5 minutes (.568 FG%). He’s also spent time with Utah and Texas in the NBA G League.
Storyline: Jeremy Evans Free Agency
On how much longer he might play for? Dirk Nowitzki: “I gotta say I was pretty fortunate during my career. I only had a few things here or there, minor things. I had knee surgery last year, I had a little Achilles problem that almost held me out for two months, but other than that I gotta say I’m doing pretty good. Obviously in the mornings you get up after games, it takes a few steps to get loose a little bit or even sometimes in practice like I mentioned earlier. Other than that, it’s still fun, the games are still fun, I still love to compete so we’ll just see how it goes. I kind of set my goal from year-to-year. Last year I felt fine and thought I could give it another year, going into this year with the mindset of being efficient again. Hopefully not missing that much time like last year and we’ll just go from there. I’m looking forward to the 20th season. As you know, the time flies by.”
Storyline: Dirk Nowitzki Retirement?
Nowitzki: “It feels like yesterday when I came into the league, so you gotta enjoy it and I am still. The only thing that’s getting a little tougher is the summers. The last four or five weeks now I’ve been really busting my butt here in the gym six times a week for hours at a time. That gets a little tougher, I’ve gotta say, but once the games start the atmosphere is there. The hoop and ball goes up and that’ll always be fun.”