September 23, 2020, 6:58 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Hawks hired former NBA player and Spurs G-League GM Landry Fields as their assistant GM on Wednesday.
Fields played for the Knicks and Raptors across five seasons in the association from 2010-2015 and has proven enough in the G-League to get a promotion to the big league. He joins a staff comprised of Travis Schlenk (GM/President of Basketball Ops), Rod Higgins (VP of Basketball Ops) and Dominique Wilkins (VP of Basketball Ops).
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 8, 2020, 4:45 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young is partnering with Georgia Peanuts and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to deliver 7200 jars of Peanut Butter to metro Atlanta School Food Pantries.
Trae Young continues to thrive in his role as one of the elite young players in the league, doing his bit for the local community. On the court, Young has developed into the unquestioned leader of the Hawks and it is fantastic to see him carrying that influence into his off-court role. He finished this season as a top-10 fantasy player in 8-category formats and those keen on selecting him next season are likely to have to part with a high first-round pick.
Source: Trae Young on Twitter
September 2, 2020, 9:43 amTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Hawks GM Travis Schlenk and the front office decision-makers have been able to interview some of the NBA Draft prospects, but as of now, workouts are off limits.
“We have the sixth pick and then we have the 50th pick," Schlenk said. "But we’ve talked to almost every kid, probably, that’s going to get drafted in between those two spots.” With the likes of Trae Young, John Collins, De'Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and other youngsters, Atlanta might explore trading the pick, if it were to help bring back another veteran. But they can always keep it and add another intriguing piece to a cast with some high hopes. Right now though the Hawks, like most everyone whose season is over, are just waiting to see where the NBA offseason will go from here.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 19, 2020, 9:11 amTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
The NBA and the NBPA announced an agreement on Tuesday evening for the eight teams that were not invited to the league’s restart to have voluntary group workouts at their facilities beginning in mid-September.
Since the NBA season was halted on March 11th, teams not on Disney’s campus have only been allowed individual-player workouts. The new plan has two phases where players and staff from each team will first go through daily COVID-19 tests (September 14 to September 20), with individual workouts continuing at team facilities, and then (September 21 through the end of the workouts on October 6th) teams will be cleared to hold group activities, including skills and conditioning sessions and intrasquad scrimmages. Each of the eight teams will be required to establish campuses in their home cities, including living arrangements for players and staff that separate them from the general population. Player participation in these offseason activities will be entirely voluntary and will include players who are under contract, plus up to five players who are not currently under contract with an NBA team but were part of the team’s G League affiliate this past season.
July 6, 2020, 7:19 pmJeff TeaguePG, Atlanta Hawks
Jeff Teague’s production fell off in a big way following a January trade from the Wolves to the Hawks, causing him to end with top-160 value in 8-category leagues.
The Wolves began starting Jarrett Culver over Teague, eventually leading to the swap with the Hawks. Teague possessed just top-180 value in 9-category leagues and his production suffered even on a per-minute basis with the Hawks. During 34 games with the Wolves, he averaged 13.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists. Over 25 contests with the Hawks, he managed only 7.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest. While Teague was stuck behind Trae Young and can sign elsewhere in free agency, it’s fair to ask whether his best fantasy days are behind him.
July 6, 2020, 10:07 amTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young finished the season as a top-20 fantasy player.
Going into the season with top-20 ADP, Young proved owners right by putting up top-10 8-cat and top-20 9-cat rankings on a per game basis. Finishing the year top-five in scoring with 29.6 points per game, Young proved there isn’t a shot he won’t take making himself one of the most exciting young players in the league. The dramatic scoring increase from his rookie season comes along with knocking down 3.4 threes per game on 44% shooting from the field. Not just a scoring threat, Young is second in the league in assists with 9.3 per game. While these numbers carry his stat lines on a nightly basis there is much more to be desired from the point guard. He also leads the league in turnovers with 4.6 a night and has below average rebounding and defensive stats. The high turnover numbers are to be expected being the primary play maker on an inexperienced, bad team. As the scoring and assist numbers figure to stay consistent Young can crack the top-10 in both formats if he can improve on his assist and steal numbers next season.
June 6, 2020, 9:40 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
The eight NBA teams left out of the remainder of the season proposed to play a summer league with televised games to help the development of younger players.
The teams are concerned that the extended time off from playing organized basketball for their young players. Hawks owner, Tony Ressler told Ramon Shelburne that "Nine months is too long without organized basketball. I think the league has heard that loud and clear. We are pushing to remain competitive. That's what our players want. We were desperate to have something that helps us to stay competitive." It's encouraging that the eight NBA teams seem to be on the same page with playing games before the start of the 2020-2021 season. This would likely only include younger players, so it would be an interesting opportunity to monitor emerging prospects.
April 27, 2020, 2:11 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
While it had been reported that the Hawks could open their practice facility for individual workouts as early as Friday, GM Travis Schlenk said that there are no plans to do so.
Schlenk said, "We have not gotten anything official from the NBA yet… I can tell you though, if we do receive a memo between now and then, we currently have no plans to open up our facility on Friday." The NBA reportedly gave clearance to teams in cities and states with eased stay-at-home restrictions to open facilities on May 1, but the Hawks are going to take a more cautious approach. If Georgia's reopening goes well it's possible that the team opens things up quickly but Schlenk cautioned that the last thing they wanted was to jump right in and experience a second wave of COVID-19.
Source: Matt Stewart on Twitter
April 8, 2020, 4:12 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA and ESPN are close to finalizing a televised Horse competition that expects to feature Trae Young, Chris Paul, Zach LaVine and others.
It is also believed that there will be some participants from the WNBA as well as recent NBA alumni. The NBA has been trying to find any way to get their product back on television and this seems like the easiest way to make that happen in the current environment. The NBA might still be a ways away but NBA fans will be able to watch some of their favorite athletes in a good old fashioned Horse competition.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 10:56 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young took the game into his hands on Wednesday night, scoring 42 points on 12-of-25 shooting (6-12 3PT), grabbing two rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists.
Young's efforts came up just short as the Hawks lost to the Knicks in OT, but it's clear that Young is a baller. He can shoot lights out, and facilitate others with his fantastic vision and passing. Young will be an elite player for years to come.
March 9, 2020, 11:07 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young scored 31 points on 11-of-25 shooting to go with 16 assists, four rebounds and six triples in a 143-138 double-overtime victory over the Hornets on Monday.
Young shot 6-of-13 from deep, bouncing back after shooting 1-of-10 from beyond the arc on Saturday. Young was battling an illness on Saturday and it looks like he is feeling better after this big stat line in 44 minutes. Young will be a top-20 player with first-round upside ROS.
March 7, 2020, 11:08 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (illness) scored 16 points with five rebounds, four assists and five turnovers in a 118-101 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday.
Young shot 4-of-16 from the floor and 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in his return from his one-game absence with flu-like symptoms. Young is outside the top-60 over the past two weeks, but he's still inside the top-20 on the season and has been a top-10 player for stretches during the season. He should bounce back to producing top-20 value any day now.
March 7, 2020, 6:35 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (illness) is well enough to give it a go and will play on Saturday.
Young missed Friday's game with the illness but should be ready to rock his game once again now that the medical staff has cleared him to play.
Source: Sarah K Spencer on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 1:43 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (flu-like symptoms) is being listed as questionable against the Grizzles on Saturday.
Young missed Friday's game which allowed Jeff Teague to start and play 28 minutes but it was Kevin Huerter (14 points, 11 assists) and Cam Reddish (28 points) who really shined in his absence. Check back for another update prior to game-time.
March 6, 2020, 5:39 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (illness) will miss Friday's game against the Wizards.
Jeff Teague will get the start in lieu of Young. He could be in for a nice night of DFS numbers, and John Collins will be putting up plenty of shots vs. the Wizards in what should be a high-scoring affair. Young will have the chance to return on Saturday against the Grizzlies.
Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter