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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’ Kevin Huerter Says Team Focused on Improving

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Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kevin Huerter knows that the team is on the rise, but says that they aren’t focused on making the playoffs, instead looking to make an improvement.

“Honestly, no,” Huerter said, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hypewhen asked if the Hawks have talked about possibly making the playoffs.

“Playoffs, for us, isn’t really a word we talk about – all we talk about is winning more than 29 games. We know how honestly close we were last year – we weren’t too far off from that eighth seed – but we’re probably not going to talk about it for most of the year. It’s not something we talk about in the locker room, trying to sneak in [to the playoffs]. It’s literally just, “We’re going to win more than 29 games and continue to get better.” Then whatever happens, happens.”

While a playoff trip would certainly be exciting, the Hawks just want to trust the process of their development.

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Hawks Acquire Chandler Parsons from Grizzlies for Solomon Hill, Miles Plumlee

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The Atlanta Hawks have acquired forward Chandler Parsons from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Soloman Hill and Miles Plumlee, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Memphis has been trying to unload Parsons following the ill-advised decision to give him a four-year, $94.4 million deal to take him away from the Dallas Mavericks.

Parsons is due $24.1 million during the last year of his contract.

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Knicks, Hawks Considering Trade for 3rd Overall Pick

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The New York Knicks are considering trading out of the 3rd overall slot in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz.

The Knicks are considering dealing the 3rd overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the Hawks’ 8th and 10th picks.

It is rumored that R.J. Barrett will be taken with the 3rd overall pick, assuming that both Zion Williamson and Ja Morant are both off the board.

The New Orleans Hornets are expected to take Williamson, while the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to take Ja Morant.

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