Atlanta Hawks: Rick Sund likely to stay but future role uncertain

Hawks general manager Rick Sund is likely to remain with the franchise after his contract expires at the end of this month but his future role in the front office still isn’t clear.

Sund said he’s still in discussions with Hawks co-owners Bruce Levenson and Michael Gearon Jr. about continuing to work for the Hawks in some capacity beyond the draft.

“All I’m going to say is Bruce and I are kicking around a few ideas and when something gets totally resolved we will let you know,” Sund said today after the team worked out draft prospects.

Sund wouldn’t elaborate beyond that statement. He has continued in his GM role as the Hawks prepare for the draft.

It’s believed Sund has expressed interest in an advisory role with the Hawks. He also has considered retirement so he can spend more time in the Seattle area, where he still owns a home.

The Hawks reportedly denied the Trail Blazers permission to interview Sund after Atlanta’s season ended; Portland eventually hired former Clippers GM Neil Olshey. Philadelphia media has speculated Sund could be a candidate to replace Rod Thorn, who is stepping down as Sixers GM and president.

Sund, 61, succeeded Billy Knight as Hawks GM in 2008. The Hawks had their streak of second-round playoff appearances snapped at three with the loss to Boston.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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GMAN

June 16th, 2012
12:34 pm

random

June 16th, 2012
12:38 pm

Ronnie

June 16th, 2012
12:41 pm

This news will surely fire up the fanbase, no?

Runner-

June 16th, 2012
12:50 pm

The mediocrity continues!!

Blodus

June 16th, 2012
12:52 pm

Wow..This is the most boring franchise in the world!!!!!

Blodus

June 16th, 2012
12:57 pm

Can they just move this team to Seattle and maybe we can start over? Please? It would work for the best.

Grandad

June 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

MC

Will the Hwks allow you to report on the workouts ?

Paddy

June 16th, 2012
1:23 pm

If Sund chooes to live in Atl over Seattle, we know we have he wrong GM. That is a no-brainer!!

Blodus

June 16th, 2012
1:25 pm

We already know we have the wrong owners and GM and half of the players.

KevinM

June 16th, 2012
1:37 pm

MC, so is this the part where the owners have zero interest in providing interviews? With Sund in neutral, it would nice to hear that ’someone’ in the organization is putting together ideas on how this team is better come training camp.
Perhaps a questionaire about the priorities for this offseason?

Sund sounds retired already. Kicking ideas around? What, to work from Seattle on the back porch?

KevinM

June 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

So while the Hawks are in limbo, and have no interest in promoting the goings-on, looks like Boston is trying to get lil Doc on their roster:

“The Celtics hold the twenty-first and twenty-second picks in the first round. However, league sources believe Boston will package the picks together to move up in the draft or trade away one of the picks in a separate deal. The Celtics don’t want to bring in two rookies.”

Slimjr

June 16th, 2012
2:43 pm

Retire Grandpapa!

Retire Grandpapa!

Retire Grandpapa!

Slimjr

June 16th, 2012
2:45 pm

Y-A-W-N…………………………….ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Slimjr

June 16th, 2012
2:47 pm

Hey Sund here’s an idea. Go fishing……Port side!

ryan

June 16th, 2012
2:54 pm

I wish the Hawks just moves away we are going loose Josh Smith anyway i am ready for the Falcons and football to start .

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 16th, 2012
3:04 pm

Its hard out here for a Hawks fan.

Sautee

June 16th, 2012
3:12 pm

So, is Pendergraph the GM, and no one is saying so?

MC, throw us a bone. This one’s old and rotting and smells awful.

Sautee

June 16th, 2012
3:12 pm

But, hey, thanks for the new blog.

The Big Picture

June 16th, 2012
3:14 pm

1) 1-4 we are as solid as it gets: Teague, Joe, Josh and Horf – we had a stellar center in Jason Collier, but he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly and we haven’t been able to replace him – athletic centers who can pass, shoot and run the floor like Collier, don’t grow on trees

2) the team is in a state of flux and cost saving mode because they are ‘FOR SALE’

3) now that George Shin is out of the league, we have the dubious distinction of having the worst ownership in the league – which is a deterrent to attracting good players

……..Sund is not the problem – he’s not the reason why J-smoove jacks up 20 footers at the most inopportune times – and sulks and pouts to the refs when he should be getting back on D – if that’s coaching and Drew or Joe won’t straighten him out then we need to get a coach who will but ASG doesnt want to spend money on that type of coach and that type of coach doesnt want to deal with the uncertainty of being on the ASG payroll

Dawg

June 16th, 2012
3:34 pm

What was his role anyway? Sell draft picks? Draft no one? Trade Bibby for 2 #1’s?

The Hawks fans deserve better. Can’t the ASG have to answer to someone? Can’t a reporter ask them anything?

Being a Hawks fan is horrible. While other teams are trying to figure out how to improve, the Hawks are simply trying to stay in business enough to play the game. The Hawks are cheap, cheap, cheap.

Ra'mon

June 16th, 2012
4:01 pm

So while most teams have already started and completed the search for front office positions, the Hawks aren’t even aware if they will need to hire someone for the GM position. And if its a situation where they think they will just promote from within, that isn’t depressing news towards us. They hired a head coach from with in, while the same summer Chicago hired a coach of the Year. If Pendegraph has been handling the drafts for the Hawks the last few years, he would’ve been the last person to be my choice for general manager. The Hawks say they want elite results, but they continue to reward sub-par performances with promotions.

Slimjr

June 16th, 2012
4:06 pm

Solid?

How does this sound? The streak will continue……………..

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Slimjr

June 16th, 2012
4:08 pm

The Hawks are like DC..Absolutely clueless….

Slimjr

June 16th, 2012
4:12 pm

How much is that #23 pick worth anyway? Might as well sell it for cash?

why not hire

June 16th, 2012
4:14 pm

phil jackson to take his place and have a manager replacement in waiting?

WhoDat

June 16th, 2012
4:16 pm

good move, steady as she goes, stay the course.
next year is the one.
Go Hawks!

cp

June 16th, 2012
4:16 pm

I wish they would just promote Pendergraph and get it over with.

Ronnie

June 16th, 2012
4:50 pm

“phil jackson…”

LMAO *hangs up phone*

ant banks

June 16th, 2012
5:01 pm

LOL. the hawks denied sund permission to talk to the trailblazers in the last 2 months of his contract. smgdh @ these mofos. lol

will

June 16th, 2012
5:42 pm

Sund, please leave and take ASG to Seattle w/you. Bye, Bye, Please!!!!!!

Paddy

June 16th, 2012
5:49 pm

ASG denies Sund an interview w/ trailblazers, two mons ago and then do not give him a new contract. How do these guys sleep at night?

Rod from College Park

June 16th, 2012
6:20 pm

Rod,

“Marvin was averaging 14 and 6 as a 21 year old, so Sund thought he would improve. Therefore, I have no problems with Sund re-signing Marvin. I just didn’t like Sund’s negotiation tactics”.

Well I guess I am just a genius then because I said before we drafted him and before we signed him to that second deal that he was garbage. There is reason that everyone who plays in that spot Marvin has on this team usually puts up career numbers. Remember when Chills played there he shot 50% from the field, and stayed on the glass. Flip Murray had career numbers, Jamal was six man of the year. That is no coincidence. It speaks to the talent on this team. Marvin gets all of his points because of the other talented players on this team. Again, I assure you there is not another player in this league that gets as many clean looks at the basket as Marvin Williams. Career playoff stats, 7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 38.6 ppg in 5 years. Those numbers tell the story. The guy is, was ans will always be a bust. Sund was an idiot for resigning him.

UGA

June 16th, 2012
6:36 pm

We should look to trade #23 to Golden State for their #30 and #35. Just an idea, then we could grab both Wroten and Ezeli from Vandy……..just an idea…..

UGA

June 16th, 2012
6:38 pm

Plus that would lower our cap some……Lang Greene said today he’d like to see us make a run at Brandon Roy, me too! I think he is healthy.

Slimjr

June 16th, 2012
6:53 pm

FTPB

O’Brien

June 16th, 2012
10:56 am

MsDee,

From MC’s blog;

“The sessions are closed to media but the Hawks said they would make players available for interviews following their workouts..

MC will not get a chance to see the workouts, but he will get to interview them.” Tragic…

hawksfancents95

June 16th, 2012
6:54 pm

if sund stays it is the perfect symbolism for the hawks organization, they are not in or out they are content with hanging around in neutral. whats the point of having him be an advisor or some bs role, get a new young gm from SA front ofice or someone who has been around mark cuban for a while and make them our new gm and pay them minimal salary.this non chalant attempt to establish a front office has to stop, i cant wait till mega millions gets to over 300 mill again to buy this franchise and win us the o’brien.

hawks21

June 16th, 2012
7:28 pm

Did u forget we were a BAD miss call (NBA confirmed it); away from coming home for game 7 against Boston! I know that everyone is tired of the Hawks. But look at other teams, i.e. Wizards,Kings,Bobcats! How do you think THEY feel. At least we are mad about losing in the playoffs. Sund hands are tired (ASG). But look @ some options. Trade Josh & Teague for a top 5 pick w/SF or PF/same 2 to LA for Bynum & 2 rd/Josh & 1 rd pick to Net (Brooks) & 1 rd pick?????

Paddy

June 16th, 2012
7:41 pm

If the ASG thought Sund failed as their GM, why now use him as an advisor? How do yo think the new GM is going to like that senario?

Paddy

June 16th, 2012
7:44 pm

Is Billy Knight still in the NBA somewhere?

BILLY KNIGHT

June 16th, 2012
7:51 pm

Paddy im still chiling and walking my dog in the Parks of the ATL.

Thanks for being considerate.

steven a smith

June 16th, 2012
7:53 pm

If he were a good GM., he would be in demand. Enough said. The Orlando Magic are not looking at anyone in the Atlanta Hawks organization to fill their vacancies.

Ra'mon

June 16th, 2012
9:29 pm

O’B, and Grandad,

Would either of you be for trading our pick and Zaza for Houston’s two first rounders? Or would you be for trading Teague and Zaza for both of their picks while keeping our pick? I really believe Houston (rumored to be trying to trade BOTH of their picks) would take either of those trades. I think Marshall, Zeller, Jones, and Moultrie each will be big contributors at the next level. And the Hawks will be in a great position to get at least two of those players (or Austin Rivers if he slips).

tjhook

June 16th, 2012
9:35 pm

The Hawks need a veteran playmaker at point guard. Teague does not have a strong enough personality to limit iso-Joe and force Josh Smith play down low more often. Everybody knows the head coach won’t put his foot down on the heavy hitters. I recommend they pursue Andre Miller in free agency and put Teague and Marvin Williams together for a trade to a lottery team.

Ra'mon

June 16th, 2012
9:54 pm

TJhook, I agree with you about Andre Miller!

glw

June 16th, 2012
9:58 pm

Ra’mon,

dont know how others feel about it, but unless its a trade to bring in a superstar, we need Zaza, he’s the only true center we got.

tj hook,

I do agree Teague’s personality will make it hard to be the true leader we need, but not sure Andre Miller would be any different. I doubt they would follow his lead. Maybe a Steve Nash would, but of course he aint comin here.

ant banks

June 16th, 2012
10:10 pm

i have NO confidence in the hawks scouting department. name one pick that they nailed. neither do i have confidence in the coachin’ staff to be able to coach up players….smgdh

XHawkfan

June 16th, 2012
10:26 pm

There are a few very good young possible GM’s out there but Hawks have no interest. They’re happy just making play-off and coming home. ‘Hell no to SUND!!!!
Mark Bradley already has thrown out some good names for GM..take his advise and at least look around.

prison mike

June 16th, 2012
10:31 pm

“If he were a good GM., he would be in demand.”

Hello, Mcfly he’s getting heavy interest from various clubs including Portland and Philadelphia. With that, I need a GM that likes to take risk.

UGA

June 16th, 2012
11:03 pm

The Hawks are not making any blockbuster trade, the core will stay as is. We gotta add a good pick and look at affordable free agents. Need to start discussing:

Josh Howard
Michael Redd
Randy Foye
Keyon Dooling
etc.

cp

June 16th, 2012
11:09 pm

Gotta love how Hawks fan think certain players on the team are garbage yet think a team is going to give up something of value in a trade for our garbage smh lmao.