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

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
8:45 pm

Josh got hurt making a hustle play.
Dang! I hope he is ok?

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:46 pm

time to give joe a rest

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
8:47 pm

J.J.M., remember we spotted them 9 points to begin the game. Since then we are 18 points better.

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
8:47 pm

Marvin is still on pace for a double double. With the bad shooting night, if he walks away with 10/10 tonight, I’d be perfectly fine with that.

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:48 pm

Other than that one bad foul, Teague has played some nice defense.

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
8:49 pm

CP, Bibby has played decent defense also.

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

lol as soon as I give him props he makes another bad foul lol

Melvin

October 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

Hawks are going to need Jamal scoring off the bench. I wouldn’t trade him unless we get a sweet deal in return..

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
8:54 pm

smh everytime we expand the lead here comes the 76ers

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
8:55 pm

Iso – Joe is fine. It is a great play, Is – Jamal is fine too!
When you get the right match-up go for it, it’s no different than posting up a smaller player.

Mark Jackson would post up every guard in the league for 24 minutes every time down the floor, til the league made the “Mark Jackson Rule”:

24 second shot clock!

But that dude, would run every team play with his back to the basket in the post.
LOL! He is a “worser” commentator than Nique’ by far!
But, some timely Iso’s are fantastic! That’s how we swept the Celtics last year. They couldn’t stop Joe and Jamal!

So, don’t get it twisted, IMHO

i_am_soulstar

October 29th, 2010
8:56 pm

Come on Teague, stop falling for the same trick dude.

Ree Roe

October 29th, 2010
8:57 pm

Somebody please tell Teague to stay on his feet.

-REEspect Roe!!!

cp

October 29th, 2010
8:58 pm

I really like this Josh Powell acquisition and ZaZa is playing hard as hell

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
8:59 pm

Hopefully the Hawks have just weathered the 3rd quarter letdown with a 10 point lead. JT0 gave back several of the points all be himself when he sent their jumpshooters to the FT line.

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
8:59 pm

Drmary, I agree its a great play. And it is a very effective play. At the same time, it shouldn’t be the primary play that you run.

Does anyone else look at Durant (a player’s game I love) and wonder if he is better than what McGrady was before the injuries piled up? Before McGrady started having back problems, there wasn’t a way he couldn’t score. He could beat you off the dribble, post up, and his shooting was automatic.

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
9:01 pm

time to put the starters back in

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
9:05 pm

You can’t question many things the Lakers do. But Powell is proving to be a really good player that they let go.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
9:06 pm

Josh Powell could be our Udonis Haslem, an un-drafted banger!

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
9:07 pm

Drmary, I like that comparison! And he’s cheaper, lol.

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

Miami is defending Orlando the way you have to so far.

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

Zaza and Powell seem to be the remedy to the Hawks 3rd quarter letdowns. A nice luxury for Drew to leave JJ, Josh & Al on the bench well into the 4th quarter. They can come back in and clean up the leftovers.

G Money

October 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

SIGN HORFORD NOW!!!!! WITF ARE YOU THINKING!!!!!! IT IS A NO BRAINER. SIGN HIM LONG TERM!!!!!

Sautee

October 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

Ramon,

I haven’t checked the stats, but I think Durant’s a better shooter than T-Mac ever was. Or so my eyes say.

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
9:09 pm

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
9:09 pm

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
9:10 pm

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
9:15 pm

Sautee, starting from when he signed with Orlando, they’re shooting percentage is very similar. McGrady normally had more attempts because he didn’t as much offensive talents (Grant couldn’t get off trainer’s table) than Durant has had. But its very close. And McGrady drew more fouls.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/stats?playerId=532

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/stats?playerId=3202

Ramon

October 29th, 2010
9:15 pm

McGrady averaged more assists also.

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

October 29th, 2010
9:16 pm

Josh Smith:

-still taking long jumpers/threes

-noticed him try to take it coast to coast like he’s a guard or got handles…and dribbled it off of his knee out of bounds

-silly foul….and silly tech after that foul

TEAM CAPTAIN!!!!!

drmaryb (*_*)

October 29th, 2010
9:17 pm

Iso-Joe TIME!

take us home big fella! This yo’ team!

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

October 29th, 2010
9:18 pm

horford wide open

Wabe

October 29th, 2010
9:18 pm

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 29th, 2010
9:18 pm

Whats hap’nen captain Smash?

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
9:19 pm

Wabe

October 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

They’re taking a bit too much time getting into what they need to get into…

Shotclock keeps winding down on them…

Melvin

October 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

Too much Iso Joe the last few possessions…

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
9:21 pm

why dont the hawks post horford up?

barry

October 29th, 2010
9:22 pm

sixers fan here in MD watching game on League Pass wondering how in the world Wilkins got the job as the analyst over Glenn? the grammar, the enunciation, the shallow and incorrect insights are appalling. what did the good people of the ATL do to deserve this?

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
9:23 pm

Dwayne Wade just hit a nasty and-1. Heat up by 7 just before half.

Wabe

October 29th, 2010
9:23 pm

I think Drew’s keeping it in Joe’s hands hoping he can either find a good look for himself or set somebody else up…

It’s not your typical ISO JOE…

He’s getting the pick at the top to force a mismatch. But, he’s either taking too long getting into what he wants to do or he’s tryin too hard looking for somebody to dish the rock to.

Not sure.

Ree Roe

October 29th, 2010
9:23 pm

Too much iso guys, mix it up with the motion offense

-REEady Roe!!!

Shaun

October 29th, 2010
9:24 pm

Glenn left. Smitty took over. Smitty left. Wilkins took over.

J.J.M.

October 29th, 2010
9:24 pm

nothing but jump shots

Wabe

October 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

Offense looks a bit rough…

Jamal hasn’t really seen too many looks outside of that one he just forced up.

Shaun

October 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

And personally, I’d rather have the face of ATL basketball as analyst then the stinger.

JustAThought

October 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

Hahahahahahahahahaha! All you hawks fans must be holding your breathe (and scared to fart) waiting for the Al to re-sign………….I suspect they are asking more (and they should) than the suck-ass ownership is looking to pay. Good luck Al…….with your decision that is:(

Rev in Tampa

October 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

Josh just got robbed on that rebound. He had position but was called for foul

Melvin

October 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

Is there a reason why Josh jersey is rip up…. Niconi is a dirty player

Wabe

October 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

Wayyyyyyyy too much ISO JOE…

With you Melvin