Atlanta Hawks: Hawks at Sixers and Al Horford’s big contract weekend

So with three days until the deadline, what’s going to happen with Al’s contracts extension? It apparently epends on where you read it.

Last week, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported a deal was “probable” despite “persistent chatter in recent days that Horford and the Hawks have made little recent progress in negotiations.” I’m guessing the “persistent chatter” might have something to do with Horford himself saying a couple weeks ago there had been no movement. That really wasn’t such a big deal since there was plenty of time left for a deal (the bigger deal would have been if the sides weren’t talking) but for some reason that note caused a bit of a stir.

A few days ago NBA.com’s David Aldridge reported it was 50-50 the Hawks and Horford would reach an agreement. But yesterday CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger called the chances of a Horford extension “a long shot at best.”

Berger also reported “a person familiar with the discussions told CBSSports.com that talks are scheduled this week between Hawks management and Horford’s agent, Arn Tellem.” Well, I think Horford qualifies as a person familiar with the discussions, and he said the other day the Hawks and Tellem are meeting this weekend.

Anyway, Horford has said all along he’s not sure what’s going to happen but would like an extension. He reiterated that stance today.

“I am positive and hopeful that we can get something done,” he said. “I love being here and I hope that I can stay here for a long time.”

Agents squabble over Al

More recent “chatter” (indirectly) regarding Horford, though I’m not sure if it’s persistent: Sam Amick reports at FanHouse that agent Aaron Goodwin plans to file a complaint against Tellem.

Goodwin alleges Tellem (who also reps J.J.) poached Horford as a client just as Al was headed to possible negotiations on the extension. Goodwin told Amick there were some “improprieties” in how Tellem came to represent Horford but did not elaborate.

Horford said he terminated his contract with Goodin in May and hired Tellem in late June. The first he heard about Goodwin’s beef was through Amick’s story.

“I don’t understand what’s happening with that,” Horford said. “I talked to a few [agents] before I made the decision, so it wasn’t like I was for sure going with Arn. I haven’t talked to Aaron. We had a good relationship; I just made a business decision. So you can say I was caught off guard by this whole thing.”

Amick noted the Players Association has a code of ethics that addresses client poaching “but regulation has never been realistic because of the immense detective work that’s almost always necessary to come to an accurate ruling.” I don’t think this stuff rates with fans but obviously it’s a big deal among agents.

Mo adjustments

With Mo back in Atlanta tending to his surgically-repaired knee, L.D. basically has to find a backup for Marvin when he doesn’t have one.

“It puts us in a little bit of a dilemma,” L.D. said today. “We are probably going to have to play Joe more at three. Occasionally we are going to have to slide Josh down there. We can’t wear Marvin out at that spot. We will probably end up playing Joe more at three than anything else.”

Asked if all the shuffling might mean more time for JC2, L.D. said: “I’m not sure.”

Etan and Pape were the inactive guys at Memphis. Pape isn’t on the trip (and hasn’t practiced yet anyway) so Etan will dress out tonight.

Speaking of Etan, it’s worth checking out his blog post at HoopsHype.com. The Hawks knew they were getting an outspoken player when they signed him and this is the first taste of what that means.

Philly’s young guns

The Hawks might see Sixers youngsters Evan Turner and Jrue Holliday on the court together. The Philly Inquirer’s Mario Aguirre reports that tandem showed some promise in the fourth quarter against Miami Wednesday after Holliday struggled at the start.

MC

254 comments Add your comment

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
7:42 pm

come on josh pump fake and drive the damn ball

lukas

October 29th, 2010
7:42 pm

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
7:43 pm

yea i found a link

~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

October 29th, 2010
7:43 pm

3 hawks right at the ball….and Philly gets possession…

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
7:43 pm

lukas

October 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

Somebody should tie an electric shocker to Josh that activates every time he shoots away from the basket.

i_am_soulstar

October 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

rookie mistake by Teague

deb1820

October 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

Thank you JJM and lukas

Sleepy

October 29th, 2010
7:48 pm

nba league pass broadband is free until tuesday you can check out all the games in hd

i_am_soulstar

October 29th, 2010
7:48 pm

Hawks Fan in New Orleans,

Not sure if I ever saw it, but anything to get him to even entertain the notion of lateral movement.

lukas

October 29th, 2010
7:49 pm

You are welcome, deb.

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
7:49 pm

lmaoooo hook shot

Melvin

October 29th, 2010
7:49 pm

Yes sir, I like the way these Hawks are playing tonight…

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
7:50 pm

yea all nba league pass are free except the hawks because its blocked out if you live in atlanta

Melvin

October 29th, 2010
7:53 pm

I will admit. Powell may be a better player than I thought.

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
7:54 pm

I believe that I can faintly hear the “Nooooo’s” all the way down here in Florida each time Josh spots up from the outside.

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
7:54 pm

lol josh be creeping for that ball

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
8:01 pm

Josh complaining instead of getting back on D.
Leads top a lay-up!

Baaad …..

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:02 pm

smh come on hawks

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
8:03 pm

Porous defense from the Hawks.
They seem disinterested or tired?

i_am_soulstar

October 29th, 2010
8:04 pm

Where’s the motion??

Hmmm

October 29th, 2010
8:05 pm

drmaryb (*_*), That’s the older article. They came out with one in 2008 from the LA times around the time mike was first traded here.

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/15/sports/sp-dwyre15

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“I’ll call him, wish him happy Father’s Day,” Henry said. “He’s a father now too. And I’ll get a call from him, sometimes the day before if he is traveling. That’s usually how it is.”

Mike agreed that Father’s Day is different now that he acknowledges he has one.

“We’re good now,” he said. “He calls. He calls the children. For a while, there was nothing. But you let things go. It was a long time ago.”

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
8:06 pm

I agree that the confederate flag has a racial connotation. It has no place in our society as it only serves to divide.

I say that to point out,however, that Etan’s blog has a comments section. Responses to his blog belong there rather than on this blog; except where he comments on basketball.

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:07 pm

great passes from josh horford and marvin needs to score

Hmmm

October 29th, 2010
8:14 pm

Offensively a good half! But the defense….Iggy got off, I didn’t like that. Also Bibby got mismatched a few times. That was uncool too lol.

Hmmm

October 29th, 2010
8:17 pm

My Goodness! Look at our point distribution! It’s a thing of beauty!

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 29th, 2010
8:18 pm

Maybe Drew should hire Woody as defensive coach – just kidding.

J from the A

October 29th, 2010
8:19 pm

OK. I am officially off the “letting Smoove shoot the long jump shot” bandwagon.

I don’t mind Smoove shooting a couple here and there, but some of the jump shots he has been taking have just been bad shots.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
8:24 pm

Magic taking their talents to So. Beach tonight, but:

No Magic going on in So. Beach so far.

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:24 pm

Lol man Nique is brutal on the mic…. Good half offensively but the defense was terrible near the end of the second quarter. I’m kind of surprised the guards didn’t attack Bibby more..I don’t like Josh defending Iggy either…Good game so far though.

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:26 pm

Yea Josh and those jumpers have been annoying again tonight. When he took that 3 I just shook my head. I really wish he understood that he is better near the rim and not out there taking jumpers. Dude has been in the league long enough to get this now.

hawks_4_life

October 29th, 2010
8:27 pm

Who do you hate more the heat or magic?

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:27 pm

lmao Nique has had the same above the rim points for 3 years now.

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:29 pm

what a block

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:30 pm

~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

October 29th, 2010
8:30 pm

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Hawes got murdered…..then traveled out of fear

~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

October 29th, 2010
8:31 pm

J from the A

October 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

I hate the Heat more than the Magic … but according to Etan, the reason why I feel this way is probably because I am a racist … smmfh

northcyde

October 29th, 2010
8:34 pm

I see the decision by Fox Sports Network to broadcast more Memphis Grizzlies games is going to KILL ME in regards of watching the Hawks.

NOTE TO SPORTSOUTH . . . While people in Middle Tennessee don’t give a damn about the Hawks, they REALLLY don’t give a damn about the Grizzlies. So if my cable listing says that the Hawks will be on, PLEASE SHOW THE DAMN HAWKS!!!

Don’t tell me that I’ll have to watch the entire season on my laptop?

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
8:36 pm

A chicken and egg question: Is Al just this good, or is Hawes just that bad on defense?

I forgot Marvin was on the court until he attempted the 3pt.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
8:37 pm

What the hell does Marvin do all Summer?
He sure isn’t putting up 1K made shots per day, definitely not from 3 pt land.

He has got to hit at least half those jumpers!

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

Looks like its only a cramp that josh has

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

YEAH Horf – show “Smoove” how to take it to the hoop. Take notes and become J Smash – shaving legs and stuff is not a good look = FINESSE. Atown has enough metro sexuals, lol.

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
8:39 pm

I think Josh plays better against Philly than any other team. Every since he re-signed, He’s always had great games against them.

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:42 pm

Marvin is looking like the Marv from last year, missing wide open jumpers

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:42 pm

man we should be blowing this team out

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 29th, 2010
8:43 pm

Remember J.J.M – this is a road game – at home this may well be a blow out in our favor. A road win is a road win no matter how close, IMO.

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:43 pm

drmary whatever Marv is doing all summer it doesn’t look like it helped his game . Dude just cant put together back to back good games

Sautee

October 29th, 2010
8:44 pm

LOL at Nique: OOgadalla

Ramon, it says a lot more about Hawes poor defense.

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:45 pm

*sighs* iso joe