- The Atlanta Hawks are interested in Anthony Randolph, a four year forward who is set to turn 23 years old next week. Yahoo! Sports reported that the free agent was in town this weekend meeting with Hawks officials. Randolph played 34 games last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, started five games and the 6'11" forward averaged 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds this season. It is believed that in the right place Randolph's career could really take off. The Dallas Mavericks are also a team that is looking at him, it is unknown if they may have an advantage over Atlanta for Randolph with him being a native of the Dallas area.
- Jordan Farmar has reportedly agreed to have his contract reduced to $1.5 million as a part of a buy out with the Atlanta Hawks come July 11. Once the buy out takes place and Farmar clears waivers it is being reported that he will likely sign with Efes Istanbal, a team in Turkey. The contract is supposed to be worth $2.5 million per season for two seasons plus an option season. Jordan Farmar was acquired by the Atlanta Hawks from the Brooklyn Nets in the Joe Johnson deal.
- Speaking of the Joe Johnson deal with the Brooklyn Nets, point guard Deron Williams has sited that trade as a deciding factor in his return to the team. Williams told the New York Daily News, " I was really close to going to Dallas. I actually thought that was where I was going to go." In reference to the trade he said, "I saw that we just made a trade for Joe Johnson and I felt like that team for a longer time would be the better team." "I've never played with anybody like him, a guy on the wing that can get his own shot and also get me involved and is a good defender. We could be one of the top back courts in the NBA for sure," Williams said when talking at Team USA training camp.
- Atlanta Hawks free agent Kirk Hinrich, according to multiple reports, is set to make his return back to the Chicago Bulls. Hinrich is said to be eligible for a mid-level exception of about $3 million per season over two seasons from Chicago. Out of Kansas, Hinrich was drafted seventh by the Bulls in 2003 and is now expected to help with point guard duty along side Chicago's new and 29th draft pick Marquis Teague. Hinrich will probably be the Bulls' starter until their star, Derrick Rose, is healthy and then he can mix in at the one and two positions.
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