Atlanta Hawks
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Rudy Gay
Woj: Jazz sending Rudy Gay to ATL in Collins trade
Mon, Jun 26, 2023, 1:06 PM
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks have acquired Rudy Gay and a future second-round pick from the Jazz in exchange for John Collins.
Analysis: In order for the two teams to make the deal happen, Gay had to exercise his player option worth more than $6.4 million for the 2023-24 season. He's done that, and the transaction will become official by league standards on July 6. While Gay could potentially provide the Hawks with additional frontcourt depth, this was a move made by the Hawks in order to get under the luxury tax. The veteran forward wasn't a fantasy factor in Utah, and that's unlikely to change in Atlanta.
John Collins
Report: ATL gauging John Collins trade scenarios
Sat, Jun 17, 2023, 12:22 PM
Yahoo Sports
According to Yahoo Sports' Jake Fischer, the Hawks "will continue to explore" trade possibilities for John Collins.
Analysis: It feels like Collins is always the subject of trade rumors, so the latest report is no surprise. According to Fischer, the Hawks and Mavericks had some "preliminary" discussions regarding a deal in which the teams would swap first-round picks and veterans. In the reported deal, Atlanta would send the 15th overall pick and Collins to Dallas in exchange for the 10th overall pick and Davis Bertans. However, the Mavericks are said to be far more interested in Clint Capela, as this would be a needed upgrade at the center position for Dallas. While the proverbial writing on the wall may be that Collins gets dealt, we've been here before regarding trade rumors.
Trae Young
Report: LAL had 'internal discussions' about Young
Tue, May 23, 2023, 9:34 AM
The Athletic
According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, Lakers decision-makers have had "internal discussions" about what a potential trade offer for Trae Young would look like.
Analysis: Front offices often have internal conversations about players on other teams, but the optics surrounding this report make it so interesting. Young was in attendance for the Lakers' Game 4 loss to the Nuggets on Monday, and like LeBron James, he is represented by Klutch (as is LeBron James). That said, it would cost a lot for the Lakers to cobble together a deal for Young, given the team's current lack of assets. Not to mention, Atlanta may be unwilling to entertain the possibility of moving its star point guard. Young appeared to work well with new head coach Quin Snyder, who joined the team mid-year. So there may be a desire to see how the Ice Trae/Dejounte Murray pairing will work when they've been able to go through a full offseason/training camp with their current head coach.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray posts 14/7/11 line, ATL eliminated
Thu, Apr 27, 2023, 10:38 PM
Dejounte Murray struggled with his shot in Game 6 but finished with 14 points (5-for-13 FGs), seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on Thursday against Boston.
Analysis: Murray couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half, as he was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting. He was still able to contribute seven assists before the break, and he made up for the poor shooting start with a solid second half. He scored all 14 of his points and shot 5-for-8 after halftime. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for them to stay alive. Atlanta will likely be making some big roster changes this summer, and Dejounte Murray seems like the only player outside of Trae Young that will be safe from a trade. He should be in for another solid fantasy season next year.
De'Andre Hunter
De'Andre Hunter posts 20/6/1/1/1 in Game 6 loss
Thu, Apr 27, 2023, 10:34 PM
De’Andre Hunter provided a solid boost on Thursday with 20 points (7-for-17 FGs), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers against Boston.
Analysis: Hunter was the second leading scorer for Atlanta in this game, and he proved his value in this series. He had some solid offensive performances throughout the six games, but it was his defense on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that was most valuable. Unfortunately, he can’t guard both at the same time. The Hawks will likely make some big roster moves this summer, but if this series was an indicator, Hunter will likely be back with the team. He hasn't really been great for 9-cat formats, but his defense is vital to their success.
Trae Young
Trae Young drops 30/10, Atlanta loses series 4-2
Thu, Apr 27, 2023, 10:31 PM
Trae Young lit up the Celtics for 30 points (9-for-28 FGs), three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks, four 3-pointers and five turnovers in a 128-120 loss on Thursday in Game 6.
Analysis: Trae did everything he could from the start of the game, scoring 25 points in the first half alone. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get much going in the second half, as he shot 1-for-13 after the break and only added five more points. He credited Marcus Smart's defense after the game, but fatigue may have played a factor as well. He played over 40 minutes in each of their final three games, which isn't easy for a smaller guard to do against a physical defense. The Quin Snyder era showed some promise in a small sample size, and if they can figure things out this summer, Trae will have a chance to get back to elite fantasy production next season.
Trae Young
Trae-mendous: Young stuns Boston w/ game-winning 3
Tue, Apr 25, 2023, 9:02 PM
Trae Young finished Tuesday’s win over Boston with 38 points, 13 assists, four rebounds, two steals and five triples.
Analysis: Young struggled in the Hawks’ first two games of the series in Boston, averaging 20/3/7 on 35% shooting. He bounced back with two straight 30-point performances and 24 total assists while shooting 47.9% from the floor on his home court. In Tuesday’s win-or-go-home Game 5, Young led his team to a come-from-behind victory. Down 117-116 with just seven seconds on the clock, Young casually dribbled up court and sank a 30-footer before delivering his trademark “Ice Trae” shoulder rub. The Hawks will head home down 3-2 with a chance to force Game 7 with another improbable win. We can expect another monster game from Young who’s caught fire.
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdan Bogdanovic 'more than likely' to start Tue.
Tue, Apr 25, 2023, 5:12 PM
Coley Harvey on Twitter
Hawks coach Quin Snyder said it's "more than likely" that Bogdan Bogdanovic will start Tuesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.
Analysis: With Dejounte Murray suspended for bumping into an official at the end of Game 4, the Hawks have a massive hole to fill in their starting lineup. Bogdanovic is the "likely" choice to fill the void, which would boost his DFS value. Saddiq Bey is another player who could benefit from Murray's absence, even though he'll come off the bench.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray suspended one game for pushing ref
Mon, Apr 24, 2023, 4:21 PM
Marc Spears on Twitter
Dejounte Murray has been suspended for Game 5 in Boston for “making inappropriate contact with and verbally abusing a game official.”
Analysis: There it is. Less than 24 hours after the Hawks dropped Game 4 at home, they find out they’ll be without Murray in Boston. Down 3-1, the odds of extending the series were already slim, and now they’re practically non-existent. Bogdan Bogdanovic will likely slide into the starting unit and try and provide a huge 3-point boost.
Dejounte Murray
Report: NBA investigating Dejounte Murray for bump
Sun, Apr 23, 2023, 11:53 PM
According to ESPN's Tim Bontemps, the NBA is investigating Dejounte Murray for his actions after Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Celtics.
Analysis: In a video shared on social media by a fan in attendance, Murray appeared to bump official Gediminas Petraitis as he was walking off the court after time expired. Shortly thereafter, he turned around and yelled at Petraitis, although there was no audio of what was said. Making contact with an official is clearly something a player cannot do, so the question now is whether or not Murray will be available for Tuesday's Game 5 in Boston. The Celtics can close out the series with a win.
Trae Young
Trae Young puts up game-high 35 points in Game 4
Sun, Apr 23, 2023, 8:56 PM
Trae Young shot 11-of-26 from the field and 9-of-11 from the foul line in Sunday's 129-121 loss to the Celtics, accumulating 35 points, three rebounds, 15 assists, two steals, and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
Analysis: Young may not have shot the ball as well as he would have liked, but this was still a very good floor game for him. He surpassed the 30-point mark for the second consecutive game, and the 15 assists were countered by just one turnover. Atlanta's offense wasn't the problem in Game 4; the defense was. Boston shot nearly 52% from the field and made 16 3-pointers, proving to have too much firepower for the Hawks to deal with. In order to extend the series past Tuesday's Game 5, the Hawks are going to need stellar performances from Young and Murray, at a minimum. Murray shot 9-of-20 from the field in Game 4, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, one blocked shot, and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
De'Andre Hunter
De'Andre Hunter scores series-high 27 PTS in Gm 4
Sun, Apr 23, 2023, 8:50 PM
De'Andre Hunter had his best game of the series in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Celtics, accounting for 27 points (11-of-17 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Analysis: After scoring 11, 18, and 11 points in the first three games of the series, Hunter took things up a notch Sunday night. Not only was this the first time in the series that he scored at least 20 points, but it was also his first outing shooting better than 50% from the field. With John Collins (5/5/1/0/1 with one 3-pointer) continuing to struggle offensively, the Hawks needed someone to step up. Hunter did so offensively, with the issue for Atlanta in Game 4 being their inability to get stops. The Hawks will look to avoid elimination when the series returns to Boston for Game 5 on Tuesday.
Trae Young
Ice Trae drops 32 as Hawks take Game 3 vs. Boston
Fri, Apr 21, 2023, 9:31 PM
Trae Young finished with 32 points (12-of-22 FG), six rebounds, nine assists, a steal, two blocks and two triples in Friday’s win over Boston.
Analysis: Young shot the ball poorly in Games 1 and 2, but he bounced back with an efficient showing in Friday’s win, bolstering his final stat line with some quality peripheral stats. After playing like “Ice Cold Trae,” he was back to just plain “Ice Trae” as he hit clutch baskets in the fourth quarter, including a big three and a crucial floater. He and Dejounte Murray will need to be at their best for Game 4, as the Hawks will have a chance to even this series at two games apiece.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray goes for 25/6/5 in Friday's win
Fri, Apr 21, 2023, 9:24 PM
Dejounte Murray totaled 25 points in Friday’s win over the Celtics, adding six rebounds, five assists, a steal and two triples.
Analysis: Murray was an efficient 11-of-21 from the floor, and he stayed aggressive on offense in Game 3. After averaging just 17.8 field goal attempts in the regular season, Murray has shot an average of 23.3 times in this series, and he’s been the team’s leading scorer in two of three games. Murray has averaged 26.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.7 steals and 3.0 triples thus far, and he’ll look to stay hot in Game 4 as Atlanta looks to even up this series.
De'Andre Hunter
De'Andre Hunter pulls down career-best 12 rebounds
Tue, Apr 18, 2023, 8:36 PM
De’Andre Hunter went for 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two triples Tuesday in a loss to Boston.
Analysis: After a so-so effort in Game 1, Hunter was phenomenal in the Game 2 loss, delivering his second double-double of the season and pulling down the most boards in any game of his career. For the most part, you can set your watch to Hunter’s production, as he typically goes for 14-18 points with 3-6 boards and few other meaningful counting stats. We’re not going to get worked up over his “big” double-double in the losing effort.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray cooks, Hawks get cooked Tuesday
Tue, Apr 18, 2023, 8:24 PM
Dejounte Murray was lights out from beyond the arc Tuesday, cashing seven triples and finishing with a game-high 29 points to go with six rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Analysis: Murray was masterful in this one, and his electric shooting performance marks only the second time in his career he’s hit at least seven threes in any game and the first time he’s done so in the playoffs. Murray led his team in scoring for a second straight game after going for 24/8/6/3 in Game 1, though he hit no three-pointers in that one. The Hawks are down 0-2 in this series heading home, and Murray will need to be at his best if Atlanta hopes to make up some ground against the Celtics.
John Collins
John Collins scores 12 in Game 1 loss in Boston
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 5:49 PM
John Collins played well on Saturday and finished with 12 points (5-for-7 FGs), four rebounds, one assist and two blocks against Boston in Game 1.
Analysis: JC was the only Hawk to play well in the first half, as he scored all 12 of his point and swatted both of his shots before the break. However, Atlanta didn't go his way in the second half, as he only saw one shot attempts after halftime. Over the last few seasons, Collins has been more and more disappointing in terms of his production, even if he is a solid basketball player. Atlanta will likely need him to do more on the boards than what he has given them this season if they want to have a chance to beat Boston.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray posts 24/8/6/3 line vs. Boston
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 5:43 PM
Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with 24 points (10-for-25 FGs), eight rebounds, six assists and three steals against the Celtics in Game 1.
Analysis: Murray struggled early in this game, but he was able to lead a big run for Atlanta down the stretch, which helped make his line a little prettier. Unfortunately, it was a little too late for it to matter, since they trailed by 30 at halftime. That should give them confidence going into Game 2, since Murray was able to get things going. They may look to him earlier in the game, especially with how Trae Young struggled. Dejounte should be in for more strong performances in this series.
Trae Young
Trae Young shoots 5-for-18 in Game 1 loss to BOS
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 5:40 PM
Trae Young struggled mightily in Game 1 on Saturday and finished with 16 points (5-for-18 FGs), three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers in a 112-99 loss to Boston.
Analysis: Atlanta fans are getting PTSD to last season's playoffs, when Trae was completely shut down by Miami's defense. For the second year in a row, the Hawks are matched up with a physical team that has the perimeter defense to take him out of the game. If Atlanta is going to make this series competitive, they're going to need Trae to be better. They won the second half 55-38, but they made their big run with Young on the bench. That can't happen without the franchise player if they want to play more than three more games.
Saddiq Bey
Saddiq Bey leads strong bench effort for Atlanta
Tue, Apr 11, 2023, 9:27 PM
Saddiq Bey provided a boost off the bench on Tuesday with 17 points (7-for-17 FGs), six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers against the Heat.
Analysis: Atlanta won this game for two reasons: rebounding dominance and bench play. They outrebounded the Heat 63-39 and grabbed 22 offensive boards. Bey grabbed four of those and added led the bench in scoring. Four player saw minutes off the bench for Atlanta. Bey, Bogdan Bogdanovic (14), Onyeka Okongwu (12) and Jalen Johnson (10) all scored in double figures to combine for 53 points. If the Hawks want to have a chance at beating Boston, their bench will have to continue this production throughout the first round.


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