Atlanta Hawks Rumors
I’m also going to miss getting to watch Kyle Korver shoot the ball. There was this one shooting drill we had in practice, and Kyle would just dominate everybody. It took me a while to even build up the courage to challenge him. I practiced for a couple of weeks and was hitting most of my shots, so I called Kyle over and said I was ready to take the throne. I told him I’m the Black Kyle Korver. We each took turns putting up five threes, and when I made four out of five, he’d make five out of five. If I hit three out of five, he’d make four out of five. No matter how many times we played, Kyle always found a way to beat me by one if I missed a shot. He told me to try again next year when I was ready. Well, I’m telling him now that Black Kyle Korver will get his revenge. It’s on. Finally, to the fans, thank you especially.
Kenny Atkinson pushed me to take my game to another level. Darvin Ham shared the tricks he picked up during his long NBA career to help me develop my skills around the basket. And then there was Quin Snyder, who was the first coach who took me under his wing while he was an assistant here. The big difference between regular NBA players and superstars isn’t just talent, but the way they train. Quin and I just kind of clicked right away when I came to the Hawks, and he began working with me to develop skills that I hadn’t really touched before. His belief in me built up my confidence so much.
The Hawks have not renewed the contracts of long-time head athletic trainer Wally Blase, assistant trainer Pete Radulovic and team security officer Andre Cottle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
Jon Horford, the brother of all-star center Al Horford, will play for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League next week. Jon Horford completed his eligibility at Florida last season and was not selected in last month’s NBA Draft. He played four seasons at Michigan before transferring after the 2013-14 season. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward averaged 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.0 minutes over 31 games for Florida, the alma mater of Al.
Tiago Splitter: I want to announce that I have completed my cycle in San Antonio Spurs. This way, I end a glorious stage with the Spurs Family, that I started 5 years ago, and in which I’ve accomplished something as unique and amazing as winning a Championship. From the first moment when I came to this city, I felt the love and warmth of its people, so I can only thank you all. Here I grew up as a player and person. During these years, we went through unforgettable moments, the hardest and the happiest ones. I’ll take them for my whole life. I would like to express all my Respect, Admiration and Gratitude to my coach and mentor Gregg Popovic for his confidence and tremendous professionalism.
Hawks unrestricted free agent John Jenkins has received interest from as many as six teams, according to a person familiar with the situation. The shooting guard became a free agent after the Hawks opted not to pick up his option last season.
Mike Muscala will play for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Hawks center is entering his third year and will likely have a greater role during the upcoming regular season with the departures of centers Elton Brand and Pero Antic.
Millsap will remain with the Atlanta Hawks after agreeing to a three-year deal worth about $59 million, a source told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday. The deal, which cannot be finalized until July 9, has a player option in the final year, according to the source, giving the 30-year-old Millsap the potential of seeking another lucrative contract after the NBA’s salary cap sees a substantial increase in 2017.
Tony Jones: Breaking: Paul Millsap signs deal to stay with Atlanta Hawks, NBA source tells the Salt Lake Tribune
Shams Charania: Free agent Paul Millsap has reached agreement with Atlanta on a likely two-year deal, third year option, league source tells RealGM.