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February 18, 2015 Updates

As the trade deadline nears, the Atlanta Hawks are open to trading reserve shooting guard John Jenkins according to a source close to the situation. The Hawks are reportedly seeking a second round pick in return for the third year guard who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Basketball Insiders

The Minnesota Timberwolves have two veteran sharpshooters, Kevin Martin and Gary Neal, who would love to join playoff teams for the stretch run. Neal, one source said, is on the Atlanta Hawks' radar, which would make sense in light of head coach Mike Budenholzer's familiarity with Neal from their days together with the San Antonio Spurs. Bleacher Report

Following the 2010-11 season, owners were able to negotiate a CBA that was more in their favor, cutting the players' share of basketball-related income from 57 percent to roughly 50, costing them millions in annual salaries. That contract runs through 2021, but with the economic boost — $2.6 billion per year — coming from the TV contract, players will fight harder for a larger portion of the pie. "We want to negotiate a little better than we did last time," said Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver. "We're going to be well-equipped to stand toe-to-toe with the NBA and negotiate a fair deal. That's what we want — just a fair deal." USA Today Sports

February 17, 2015 Updates
February 16, 2015 Updates

Given a chance to support Ferry this weekend, Horford deferred to the Hawks’ future ownership group. Asked directly by the Miami Herald if he thought Ferry should be forgiven for his racially charged comments and reinstated as general manager, Horford said, “I don’t know.” “Whichever ownership comes in, they’re going to have to figure those things out and see if he’s the best fit,” said Horford, who won back-to-back NCAA championships at the University of Florida. “Obviously, [Ferry] has laid in some really good groundwork with us, and part of the success that we’re having is because of him.” Miami Herald

“I’m sure it’s difficult for him,” Horford said. “He assembled all these pieces together, and this was kind of his vision. Not even being here, but all season not being able to be around has been hard.” Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson, who made racially offensive comments about his fans in an email two years ago, is in the process of selling his controlling interest in the team. Levenson’s email came to light in September. Miami Herald

February 15, 2015 Updates

The Hawks' Paul Millsap was asked specifically if temperatures have any impact on a player's choice. "It shouldn't," he said with a smile. "I don't know. I've seen it all. I've been in Atlanta, I've been in Utah. Utah is one of the coldest places. To me, it's all about the team, it's all about the development. Those are what I base my decisions on." Newsday

The sale of the Hawks continues on a “deliberate, methodical process,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night. Silver added that there are several prospective buyers. “That has moved along the course that we expected,” Silver said during a news conference at the All-Star game. “There are several very interested parties who are looking at the team. It is on schedule.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Silver confirmed that the NBA recently changed its rules concerning team ownership. In a rule passed by the Board of Governors, ownership groups cannot be comprised of more than 25 individuals. Also, each individual must own at least 1 percent of the team. Silver said the approval of the rule change was a formality. The Hawks are expected to be sold for at least $800 million and potentially as much as $1 billion. The Clippers sold this summer for $2 billion. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 14, 2015 Updates

The sale of the Hawks continues on a “deliberate, methodical process,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night. Silver added that there are several prospective buyers. “That has moved along the course that we expected,” Silver said during a news conference at the All-Star game. “There are several very interested parties who are looking at the team. It is on schedule.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The question now is, will Ferry ever get to enjoy the benefits of his hard work from a point-blank range, instead of his TV set? Well, all indications say that will be up to the next owners of the Hawks, whenever they’re sold, which might not happen until this summer or fall. If left up to the players, however, there’s a pretty clear consensus. “He brought us all together,” said Teague. “I don’t think anyone would be against it.” NBA.com

Millsap: “I would welcome him back. We still don’t know the truth as far as everything that’s going on or everything that happened. I try to stay out of it. But we had a great relationship before all of this happened. I’m not going to let one day throw that relationship down the drain. People make mistakes.” NBA.com

Potential candidates had better want to play in the Triangle Offense, because Fisher will continue to run it. And they will have to fully buy in on Anthony - believing that he’ll not just recover from his current knee troubles and probable upcoming surgery but that they'll also be able to win big with him as a teammate. "I’ll base my decision off what I see - where the team is, will I be able to grow with the team, how is the coach, and the community," Millsap, the Atlanta Hawks forward, told me during the Friday player media sessions. "There are a lot of things that factor into it, including who’s building the team and the owner. Yes, those are factors I will look at." NBC New York

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver is in the midst of a historic shooting season. He has made 51.2 of his field goal attempts, 52.3 percent of his 3-point attempts, and 91.1 percent of his free throws. It was little surprise, then, to hear that former Celtics star Larry Bird was one of Korver’s idols as a child. But Korver said he admired Bird for much more than his shooting stroke. “Everyone talks about his shooting, but I just loved how he played,” Korver said. “Like, his IQ was so high. No one thinks of him as this big athlete, but he was getting steals and he made plays at the right time. And he’d get rebounds. “I loved how he played, not just how he shot. He’s just one of the best, like a savvy, get-it-done kind of player.” Boston Globe

February 13, 2015 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN HAWKS HISTORY

While arguably the most popular, Dominique Wilkins is not the best player in franchise history.

   

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