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Hawks Players Reportedly ‘Screamed in Jubilation’ Over Dwight Howard Trade

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Dwight Howard’s exit from yet another NBA team was, again, reportedly celebrated by not only fans, but his former teammates.

Sound familiar?

ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe is reporting that he had heard of “Hawks players learning about the trade and screaming with jubilation into their phones.”

Lowe went into more detail on his podcast:

“You ask, why? And one account was that Dwight [Howard] would give these speeches before a game about how everyone is playing hard, we want unity, we’re going to, and then go out and play like a “blah” game where he demands post touches and doesn’t rotate as hard as he could.

And everyone is like: ‘Why are YOU speaking in the locker room?’ But that’s all anecdotal.

It’s just crazy how these stories come out after every stop in his career.”

Howard’s exit from the Orlando Magic, the team that drafted him, had some drama attached to it and his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, specifically his relationship with Kobe Bryant, made negative headlines as well.

 

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Hawks’ Trae Young Eager to Learn from Jeremy Lin

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Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Trae Young is excited to start his rookie season, and is eager to learn from experienced players, such as his teammate, veteran point guard Jeremy Lin who was acquired this offseason.

“From what I’ve heard, he’s going to be a great mentor for me,” Young said, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. “We’ve been talking. He’s a good dude. He’s been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. He’s seen it all, so I’m looking forward to picking his brain.”

Lin is widely believed to be the Hawks starting point guard this season, but that won’t deter Young, who is looking at the big picture for Atlanta.

“I think we’ll work really well together,” Young said. “This is a rebuilding team, and we’re going to try some things. Some are going to work, some aren’t, so we’re just going to work together and do whatever we can to turn this franchise around.”

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Hawks Waive Carmelo Anthony

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The Atlanta Hawks have officially waived Carmelo Anthony, as many around the league have expected since he came over from the Oklahoma City Thunder via trade.

Anthony finalized a buyout deal with the Hawks, agreeing to give back the equivalent of the veteran’s minimum salary, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anthony is now ready to sign with the Houston Rockets, which many expect him to do.

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Carmelo Anthony Says Thunder ‘Wasn’t a Good Fit’

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Now that Carmelo Anthony is likely on his way towards a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks so he can ink a deal with the Houston Rockets, Anthony is reflecting on his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“At the end of the day, it wasn’t a good fit,” Anthony said, according to ESPN’s Jemele Hill.

“I think last year — and I haven’t talked about this before — everything was just so rushed, going to the team for media day and the day before training camp. Them guys already had something in place, and then I come along in the 25th hour like, oh s%#t, Melo just come on and join us.

Like, you can figure it out since you’ve been around the game for a long time. That’s why it was so inconsistent. At times, I had to figure it out on my own rather than somebody over there or people over there helping me.”

Naturally, Anthony won’t admit that his lack of acceptance of a role that didn’t make him the focal point also was an issue, but Anthony didn’t seem like he wanted to fit with Oklahoma City.

Either way, both Anthony and the Thunder are better off now that the two have split.

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