Atlanta Hawks: Still no decision on GM Rick Sund’s return

Nearly three weeks after the end of the Hawks’ season, general manager Rick Sund’s future with the team remains up in the air.

Sund’s contract expires at the end of June and he’s had discussions with the team’s owners about re-signing. But Sund said today no agreement has been reached to return for a fifth season.

“We have had a little bit of discussion but we’ve been focusing so much on putting closure to the season,” Sund said. “Nothing has been resolved at this point. We will have some more discussions and then the process will play itself out at some point and time. I’m here until July 1.

“Have I thought about it? Yes. Have I focused on it? No, because we just have too much that had to be done here in the last two weeks.”

Sund is scheduled to leave tomorrow for the scouting event in Minneapolis. He said he also still has to conduct exit interviews with a couple players.

Sund declined to comment on the details of his discussions with Hawks owner or say which factors play a role in his decision.

“I’m not going to talk about it until the process plays itself out,” he said. “It will probably happen relatively soon.”

In addition to re-signing with the Hawks, Sund’s potential options include an advisory role with either the Hawks or another club. Sund, who turns 61 next week, also could opt for retirement.

Sund replaced Billy Knight in 2008. The Hawks had their streak of second-round playoff appearances snapped at three with the loss to Boston.

Sund described Atlanta’s regular season as “unbelievably great” in light of the significant injuries suffered by key players. He said the playoffs were “disappointing” because the goal is to be one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

“Having said that, we have to look at our club and say where are the areas we can improve, what can we do without taking a step back,” he said. “So we will have to explore all opportunities.”

Check back later for more from my interview with Sund.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

175 comments Add your comment

Slimjr

May 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

1st again?Nice!

High-sider

May 30th, 2012
5:04 pm

Who’s up for a Jamal Crawford discussion? Forget Rick Sund. [LOL]

Slimjr

May 30th, 2012
5:04 pm

14-25 against the winners is great? Mr. Sund you are full of the smelly stuff…..LOL!

Hey please do yourself and the Hawks fan a favor and retire!

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:04 pm

“Having said that, we have to look at our club and say where are the areas we can improve, what can we do without taking a step back,” he said. “So we will have to explore all opportunities.”

So all of you Cap Flexibility fans can start your belly-aching now. The goal is to maintain the minimum standard (likely 4-6 home playoff games).

Go get Pau Gasol.

Mike

May 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

So in other words, they have no idea what to do with Sund when wait until next month to play his fate out and its about 3 to 4 weeks away from the draft (with the lottery tonight). I am starting to think that ASG loves having ppl complain about them and that Josh isnt going to get trade during the draft.

Slimjr

May 30th, 2012
5:06 pm

The streak will continue for sure:

44/2056

PMC

May 30th, 2012
5:06 pm

Read: Rick Sund hasn’t yet decided if he wants to work for peanuts or not.

Slimjr

May 30th, 2012
5:07 pm

Hey Josh run dont walk outta here!

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:09 pm

“We have had a little bit of discussion but we’ve been focusing so much on putting closure to the season,” Sund said. “Nothing has been resolved at this point.

And yet they made a decision to pick up LD’s option? Seems kind of strange to make a decision on the head coach if they are still closing out the previous season (including holding exit interviews). I guess the opinions of that last group of players is about as valued as the opinions of this blog community.

Rod from College Park

May 30th, 2012
5:10 pm

“Sund described Atlanta’s regular season as “unbelievably great” in light of the significant injuries suffered by key players. He said the playoffs were “disappointing” because the goal is to be one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.”

At least he admitted that the playoffs were dissappointing. That’s a step in the right direction.

cp

May 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

Even if he doesnt decide to come back I see the Hawks promoting Pendergraph (spelling)

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

Playoff revenue was cut in half this season (compared to the previous 3), I seriously doubt that anyone in the front office is feeling too good about the playoffs.

Ra'mon

May 30th, 2012
5:13 pm

Guys, when I really think about it Gearon’s comments about Garnett messes up so many things. KG is the one stretch 4 who the Hawks could’ve signed this off season to move Josh to the 3 and drastically improve their rebounding and defense. Josh would be able to play on the block and post up the 3, because he would’ve had KG and Al at the high posts, with Joe in the weak side corner. A REAL management/ownership would have amnestied Marvin’s contract, so that the salary cap space could’ve gone to KG to sign a 2 year deal. And you still would’ve kept your draft pick to select a rotational player in the post. But now that Gearon’s made it personal with KG, he will not consider signing here.

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:13 pm

cp, I agree. That would be the status quo move to make.

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

Ra’mon, I don’t think KG would consider signing here because Boston will likely look to keep him, he likely feels the same way about Hawks fans as Josh (don’t fill their arena and don’t provide unconditional love to their players) and he likely wants to win another ring and there are a hlaf-dozen teams that have a far better chance than the Hawks. gearon’s comments wer stupid, but even if he didn’t say them, would KG choose the Hawks over the Celtics, Mavs or even a retunr to the T’Wolves (KG, LOve & Rubio would be pretty sweet and a great farewell story)?

RaJaH

May 30th, 2012
5:20 pm

Ok so we bring Drew back but we still dont have a GM. Then again, the GM didnt want to hire coach Drew in the first place.
And consultant? Lol!?! Hawks fans have to laugh to keep from crying these days!

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:20 pm

MC any news on Horford or Zaza and their injuries? Is Al still rehabbing and has Zaza recovered?

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:20 pm

FTPB:

OB, absolutely not. Blatche is a knucklehead who produces every 5th game and Rashard is a modern day Brad Sellers but less healthy at this point. Neither are as productive as Marvin and they are paid far more.

Get me Pau Gasol. A top 5 6′11″ or taller player in the NBA. If he is available, make that a priority. Cap flexibility? In the next 2 years, it is highly unlikely that cap flexibility will deliver a player better than Gasol. If the ultimate goal is to improve the roster (by trade, FA signing, cap flexibility, draft picks, cloning or whatever), there is very little risk with a premier big man with only 2 years left on his contract.

Link Report this comment Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
4:58 pm
Rashard is paid far more, Blatche about the same (as Marvin).

I’d rather see the Hawks bring back RandMo and Antoine Walker than have Lewis & Blatche join the team.

Astro Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:22 pm

Trying to get a few days worth of basketball talk in before the “Old Hawks Bench Guards” drama continues.

Ra'mon

May 30th, 2012
5:27 pm

AJ, I understand that, but I think he would have considered it. Because with KG minus Marvin, the Hawks are easily the second best team in the East, and far better than Boston and Chicago. He also would’ve brought that nastiness to the Hawks team and it would have paid dividends. Also Stephen A Smith said the other morning that Boston will not try to bring back KG and Ray Allen this off season. And KG likely knows wherever he goes the fans will follow.

High-sider

May 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

@Rick Sund

““Having said that, we have to look at our club and say where are the areas we can improve, what can we do without taking a step back,” he said. “So we will have to explore all opportunities.”” – Michael Cunningham quoting Rick Sund

Rick Sund, the Atlanta Hawks averaged 82.2ppg in the [2012] playoffs. Don’t you think scoring should be targeted as one of the areas of improvement. Rick Sund, why don’t you “explore the opportunity” of re-signing and/or reacquiring Jamal Crawford to help the Hawks with scoring? You do know who Jamal Crawford is, right? As a Hawks player, he [Crawford] was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 2009-2010 regular season.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 30th, 2012
5:31 pm

Sund described Atlanta’s regular season as “unbelievably great” in light of the significant injuries suffered by key players. He said the playoffs were “disappointing” because the goal is to be one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
****

LOL there u have it folks. The goal is not to win a ring. The goal is to be one of the best teams in the East. This has been confirmed by an owner AND now our GM (who has implied this for all 4 years)

High-sider

May 30th, 2012
5:32 pm

@Rick Sund

Why don’t you retire so I can have the Atlanta Hawks GM position?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 30th, 2012
5:33 pm

So no one in this FO want to win a ring. What a joke. This franchise is run by a bunch of arrogant defiant losers

Wink

May 30th, 2012
5:37 pm

Sund described Atlanta’s regular season as “unbelievably great” in light of the significant injuries suffered by key players. He said the playoffs were “disappointing” because the goal is to be one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference…..bam there you have it….championship not even considered!

Ra'mon

May 30th, 2012
5:40 pm

High Sider, if you’re trying to improve team scoring, shouldn’t you look to bring in a high assist point guard over an isolation two guard, to help jump start the team, because scorers have more bad days shooting than facilitators have bad day passing the ball. So I would attempt to sign Nash, Felton, or acquire a pass first point guard via trade or draft before signing an isolation player. A good point guard raises the scoring average of most who play with him. And that’s what the Hawks need more than Jamal.

Grandad

May 30th, 2012
5:42 pm

The realization amongst the owners …
[not excusing their inept tenure]
is … discerning the simple fact
that Sund has not a clue.
LD may never win a championship.
I acknowledge that concept.
We are stuck with the owners for the time being.

But;
Sund cannot differentiate a butterbean from Betty Jean
when it comes to player evaluation !

[please - Pendercrap noooooooooo!]

Sautee

May 30th, 2012
5:45 pm

Grandad, was that a reference to Kobe’s dad? ;-)

Sautee

May 30th, 2012
5:47 pm

Oops, sorry, Joe Bryant was Jellybean. I was mixing him up with Bob Love.

Sautee

May 30th, 2012
5:49 pm

Ramon, that’s a good point, IF we will allow a PG to control the ball.

That’s a big if.

Grandad

May 30th, 2012
5:51 pm

Sautee

Butterbean

-capitalized-

Was the pseudo boxer / brawler.

Grandad

May 30th, 2012
5:51 pm

butterbeans

little b

give me gas

Sugar Ray

May 30th, 2012
5:55 pm

“Pau Gasol is not a top level player. He is the 3rd best player on a team that got bounced in the second round the last two years. Kinda like Joe or Al depending on who you like better.”

Najeh,

In fairness for Pau, LAL ignored the offense that made them champions and went to pick-n-roll offense, reducing him to a stretch 4 and handing the keys to Bynum, who still struggles to pass out of double teams. If Pau is still motivated to play, most teams could still run an offense through him and he would still hit over 50% of his shots and get double digit rebounds, which is more than we can say about most bigs in the league.

Grandad

May 30th, 2012
5:56 pm

I would trade JoeJ`s contract in a Hb,
for Whosamit`s contract and Blatch.
`Cause whosamit’s contract runs out this yr … correct ?

Oh yeah Rashard Lewis … couldn`t think of his name ?

Durrtydogg

May 30th, 2012
5:57 pm

I really really really hate this team.

Grandad

May 30th, 2012
5:58 pm

Paugasol *is* a Top notch / Top level Player !

-was and is-

Future Hall 0` Famer !

Just Joe

May 30th, 2012
5:58 pm

Rashard Lewis’s $23M contract can be bought out in June for $13.7M.

Grandad

May 30th, 2012
5:59 pm

Pau Gasol

typin` tooo fast !

Sugar Ray

May 30th, 2012
6:00 pm

“He said the playoffs were “disappointing” because the goal is to be one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference”

The fact that no one in the organization has the cojones to say “the goal is to be NBA Champions” tells you that they know they don’t have the horses to make a serious run… which is why no one should be untouchable and nearly all trades should be explored.

Durrtydogg

May 30th, 2012
6:02 pm

We need a point, shooting guard, small forward and center. Al Horford is all we got.

Sugar Ray

May 30th, 2012
6:04 pm

“Paugasol *is* a Top notch / Top level Player !

-was and is-

Future Hall 0` Famer !”

Agreed, GD (as long as he is still motivated to play after the 5-year circus in LA)

ryan

May 30th, 2012
6:22 pm

I have a feeling nothing will change its going to be boring summer just don’t trust ASG to make any big moves .

High-sider

May 30th, 2012
6:28 pm

@Ra’mon

“High Sider, if you’re trying to improve team scoring, shouldn’t you look to bring in a high assist point guard over an isolation two guard, to help jump start the team, because scorers have more bad days shooting than facilitators have bad day passing the ball…” Ra’mon

Knowing what I know now, if I had to choose between Michael Jordan ["an isolation two guard"] in his prime and John Stockton ["a high assist point guard"] in his prime, I think I’m going to choose Michael Jordan over John Stockton. Trust me this isn’t a “racial decision” as I am the “new black bigot” to some [bloggers] on this blog. I would also take Kobe over Nash and D-Wade over Rondo.

Jamaaliver

May 30th, 2012
6:30 pm

Trade Josh Smith & Marvin Williams for Gasol.

A trade so good even Magic Johnson endorses it!!! :)

Ray

May 30th, 2012
6:36 pm

@ Jamalliver

NO! You can get so much more for Josh Smith than that I don’t think people realize how old Josh is and why he’s not near his prime yet.

When you got people like Doc Rivers saying something about you it means you’re worth a lot more than most people let on.

Just Joe

May 30th, 2012
6:46 pm

Joe to Washington for Lewis and the 32nd pick. Draft SG Kevin Murphy at 32. Sign a free agent SG like JR Smith or Gerald Green with part of the MLE. Hawks haven’t taken much of a step back at all.

Ray

May 30th, 2012
6:50 pm

@ Just Joe I like that trade, but only on paper cause you never know.

I say trade Joe to a team like NO for their No. 10 (like it would ever happen).

Rufus1

May 30th, 2012
6:56 pm

doc

May 30th, 2012
6:56 pm

Probably not so big a deal about Sund bird isn’t signed yet either though he is committed to stay whereas my bot rick isn’t:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bird-wants-come-back-pacers-195318762–nba.html;_ylt=Apfts20zzooEJ8xSDM9F4Gu8vLYF

Grandad

May 30th, 2012
7:09 pm

Just Joe

-atta boy-

Kevin Murphy;
I keep hearing names such as Doron Lamb, J.lamb [UConn], J.Jenkins,
and Dion Waiters 2 the [2] guard position … rightfully so.
But,
this young man from Tn Tech [northcyde] should know all about him,
is as pure as any.
I`ve watched film and this kid has perfect form, a perfect release,
stands 6-7, put up 50 one game … and what he has (his shot)
is *God given.
Like King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes;
* `tis a blessing, enjoy it … paraphrase.
*[everything comes from God]::
white skin, dark skin, black skin,
even;
Manute Bol`s purple skin ! …(-&-)… Kev Murphy`s shot !