Atlanta Hawks: Assistant GM Dave Pendergraft on the draft

Hawks general manager Rick Sund gives much of the responsibility for the NBA draft to assistant GM Dave Pendergraft and director of basketball operations Mike McNieve.

Some excerpts from Pendergraft’s chat with reporters:

On having lots of open roster spots:

“That’s what I tell the [draft-eligible] players. Come July 1 we will have only six guys under contract. In a perfect world our 23rd pick becomes a rotational player and our 43rd pick will be talented enough to join our roster. That’s the best-case scenario. We feel like we will be able to get a good player at both positions.”

On chances of getting rotational-quality player with 23rd pick:

“That’s our hope. At 23 there are some guys that have potential and you have to wait on it and then there are several guys that might not have as much potential but you can put them in the game the first two or three years, whether it is four-year players or physically they are more mature. It’s just going to depend on who’s there. We would like to get a player that can come in and play for us next year.”

On if the potential 2013 free agency of Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia will influence the selection:

“You always look to the future on the decisions you make. But rarely where you are picking where we are picking do you take a player on positioning. You take the best player, the best talent you can get at that time. You always look to the future and [if] there are two players that are basically equal talent and you feel just as good about then maybe you will look to the future and maybe for the organization this is the right thing to do. Not every year is the same. The decision that we make the last week in Thursday, it will be well thought out with [consideration of] the six players that we have [under contract], free agency in mind and the best player that we feel like is left on the board.”

On which college skills and production are good predictors of NBA success:

“Shooting and rebounding. Generally if you shoot well in college that’s an NBA skill that comes to the next level. And if you rebound the ball well in college that’s generally a skill that comes with you as well.”

On building a roster for summer league:

“We are an attractive destination just because of our roster spot. We’ve got some of the better players that were in the D-League last year. Statistically, they were some of the better players. We are going to wait and hold a couple spots to see who falls through the cracks in the draft like we always do. The good thing about this year’s summer program is there is a lot of interest in it.”

On if Sergiy Gladyr will join the summer league team:

“We don’t know yet. Pape Sy will. We will play him at a different position in the past. We experimented with moving him to the point but the learning curve wasn’t fair for him and his natural position is probably a two. We are going to bring him over and he will be involved with us this summer. Sergei, we don’t know. We are going back and forth with his agent. He has made strides in the ACB. But is he ready? We are not looking for future prospects in our summer program this year. In the past we said, ‘Let’s just bring him in and watch him for 10 days and maybe down the road there will be a future.’ Well, there is some urgency in our summer league this year because of the roster spots. That being said, Sergei may be two or three years down the road and maybe next summer will be the best opportunity for him.”

On if he can say which players have committed to the summer league team:

“Not yet because still holding a couple spots. We will release that when we get it solidified, which we think will be 24 hours after the draft. The bad news is none of our Hawk players are playing. Most teams have two or three of their guys in Vegas playing and we will have all rookies.”

On the predraft workout process:

“Usually we want to keep the last week of draft open. But because of scheduling conflict we go into the last week and have Monday and Tuesday of draft week open. That’s the unusual thing this year as opposed to the last three years. I think our numbers will be up because, although we’ve seen a lot of players at the New Jersey combine and the Minnesota combine, we wanted to be sure that the No. 23 pick would at least come to Atlanta at some point and time. So to facilitate the workout and including our 43rd pick our numbers are probably a little higher than usual.”

On how workout groupings are decided:

“It’s totally the availability of the players. We are not a lottery team so there are probably a pool of 15 players that teams are picking where we are will bring [them] in. Most of the workouts are coming after the predraft camp. You try to match up guard to guard and big to big and then a combination of both. . . . You try to make it that way but there are things you can’t control, the players can’t control, the agents can’t control. It’s hard to make it work out. ”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

211 comments Add your comment

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

June 17th, 2012
12:00 pm

Ronnie

June 17th, 2012
12:04 pm

Doesn’t seem as truculent as his boss.

sas

June 17th, 2012
12:20 pm

you can still find talent at 23 spot.Josh Smith was about 18-19 pick but somehow I have no faith.I hope im wrong

Rufus1

June 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

Sund and Pendagraft….have done a decent job in the draft

Teague and Jordan Crawford were very decent picks. I think Royce White and Nicholson are on the top of their list, unless Terrance Ross falls to them.

He thinks “shooting and rebounding transfers to the NBA”….Toney Wroten will not be drafted at #23.

Hawk-eye

June 17th, 2012
12:41 pm

Keep the incompetent and broke ass owners out of basketball decisions please !!

Just Joe

June 17th, 2012
12:43 pm

I hope Malcolm Thomas is targeted for summer league. David Lighty too.

Melvin

June 17th, 2012
12:47 pm

With his continue emphasis on the 23rd pick, I don’t expect to see the Hawks trying to move up in the draft….

Rick James

June 17th, 2012
12:47 pm

I’ts awful when a team is not amoung the elite yet cant lose enough for its fans to know that help is coming in the draft.And since the team awarded its third best player with one of the worst contracts in the history of pro sports no help is coming through a trade..The next unwise move will be not extending Josh Smith and losing him through free agency or trading him for lesser talent…The band plays on.

aytunstoppable

June 17th, 2012
1:11 pm

Fab Melo. if he’s there you draft Fab Melo period.

Stan Williams

June 17th, 2012
1:17 pm

I agree Fab Melo would be the pick .

Grandad

June 17th, 2012
1:40 pm

Fab Melo is not a shooter / scorer.
Fab Melo has not been a rebounder.
Fab Melo would not be a rotation player for 2 or 3 yrs at best.
Fab Melo is Hasheem Thabeet at worst.
Fab Melo why ?
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Fab Melo questions ?

His true age ?
His motor ? … [translate = lazy]
Exactly what are his skills ?

Again I say – Fab Melo – why ?

BC

June 17th, 2012
1:47 pm

Spirit Group. So sad.

cp

June 17th, 2012
1:53 pm

I actually like Pendergraft. Dude has done a solid job at finding talent given where we have been selecting in the draft. Sounds like Jeff Taylor might be that pick at 23 if Boston doesnt take him. He is a senior who can probably play from day 1. I wouldnt be mad at the choice depending on who is left on the board. Doesnt sound like Melo will be the choice. Dude is a poor rebounder and from watching the combine they mentioned how he often forgot the plays at Syracuse although they didnt have many. If its about a player that will take some time to develop then it might be Q Miller or Wroten although he did mention shooting and Wroten is not a good shooter.

Im glad they see that Sy is not a pg. It was obvious early that dude is a 2/3. He didnt have the ballhandling skills or playmaking ability to be a pg. I think Sy might make the roster. One thing we didnt have on the second unit this past season was a solid perimeter defender. Thats the one thing Damien Wilkins did well for the Hawks the prior season. He didnt have much offense but he was a very solid defender on the perimeter. Sy has the tools to be a solid perimeter defender. Cant wait for this draft and the summer league. The summer league games will be shown on NBATV this year.

Slimjr

June 17th, 2012
1:55 pm

Rodney King [RIP]

cp

June 17th, 2012
1:55 pm

@Grandad. A lot of guys on here get caught up with having a 7 footer. And if you notice most times they dont seem to care if that 7 footer can actually play. They justlike them because of the size not the actuall basketball skills. I read that Melo has been less than impressive in his workouts.

cp

June 17th, 2012
1:56 pm

@Slim. I keep reading about how your boy Nicholson continues to impress in his workouts. I wont be shocked if he goes in the teens now.

Slimjr

June 17th, 2012
2:08 pm

cp, who ever drafts Nicholson, will have an impact player who will change the face of their franchise for years to come..

What an incredible skilled big man!

His foot work is a God given gift. His eye/hand coordination is God given gifts…

He’s special…The Hawks should trade down and draft this special basketball player..

“Shoot the J! Shoot it!” – Dave Chapelle

Slimjr

June 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

cp, Nicholson’s J looks better than most 2 guards from dream land? Huh? Yep

A beautiful smooth release and follow through..Picture perfect! Teach it!

“Shoot the J! Shoot it!” -Dave Chappelle-

Dawg

June 17th, 2012
2:24 pm

Someone said that Melo would only be a rotational player in a couple of years. For the Hawks to find a rotational player in a draft pick would be amazing.

Who has confidence in the Hawks?

cp

June 17th, 2012
2:41 pm

I like his game Slim. I just think he needs to get stronger.

doc

June 17th, 2012
3:03 pm

On chances of getting rotational-quality player with 23rd pick:

“That’s our hope. At 23 there are some guys that have potential and you have to wait on it and then there are several guys that might not have as much potential but you can put them in the game the first two or three years, whether it is four-year players or physically they are more mature. It’s just going to depend on who’s there. We would like to get a player that can come in and play for us next year.”

sounds like what they did with sheldon for sure and maybe with chills as both were four year guys about 24 coming into te league. if that is what he means fuhgidabout it.

msc

June 17th, 2012
3:06 pm

Im thinking J. Taylor, R. White or Nicholson.
Or Moe Harkless if he falls.

prison mike

June 17th, 2012
3:12 pm

It’s no way Nicholson get’s past either Boston’s picks. Get Plumlee in the 2nd round. The disparity between he and Melo will not be much at the next level.

Michael Gearon, Jr.

June 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

What do you mean “Assistant” GM??

KevinM

June 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

Slim, your guy is outdoing Melo. That might push Melo out of the 1st round. And I don’t like Melo on our team anyway.

But based on Pendergraft’s notes, I would say we need a scorer off the bench at 23. Lamb was here yesterday, Jenkins and Cunningham here today.
The best of that bunch might be the answer, but Jenkins is considered on boards as almost a given in the 1st round, where I’ve seen Lamb and Cunningham drop to the 2nd.
Give me Lamb, who has played in big games for 2 years now, with a FF and a NC under his belt. He quite possibly can get minutes behind both Joe and Teague.
#23 will be a bench guy, for Jeff Taylor is not going to be able to do much off the bench. If you think Taylor could start, I might be for him trying to win a starter’s slot.

Lamb gives you depth if you have Joe in trade discussions. We get something for Joe and should get an asset for him to add to the roster even if it would be a Gasol.

KevinM

June 17th, 2012
3:25 pm

Can Draymond Green work out better at SF than Taylor?

Ken Strickland

June 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

Ken Strickland

June 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

prison mike

June 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnbYDmZHi00

I like this guy in the 2nd depending who is still there. I want White in the 1st. His rebounding and interior defense is elite.

Rufus1

June 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

Draft the best player available…

At #23 the best basketball player won’t be a center…unless someone slips.

I think the Hawks need a SLASHER or LOW POST scorer more than a center….Also, I think the depth in this draft is at the PF/C rebound /shot blocker. Most ppl only talk about Melo and Ezeli but there are others in this draft… O’Quinn, Bernard James, Sacre, Roberson(Colorado) and Plumlee, who might be availible at #43

None of the 1st rd worthy wing players we will look at will be available at #43… I think Jared Cunningham was the best in the country at getting to the line(That is a skill we don’t have and is hard to get), we can’t pass on a player like that for a STIFF big man..

Best player regardless of position.

Slimjr

June 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

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2012 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks to hold workouts from June 16 – June 26
Jun 12th, 2012 at 5:33 pm by Daniel ChristianAnalysis

UPDATE: Hawks full workout schedule released, courtesy of Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The list from MC’s article has been recreated below, for you and your viewing pleasure:

June 16: Kris Joseph (F, Syracuse, Sr.), Doron Lamb (G, Kentucky, So.), Quincy Miller (F, Baylor, Fr.)

June 17: Jared Cunningham (G, Oregon State, Jr.), John Jenkins (G, Vanderbilt, Jr.)

June 19: Draymond Green (F, Michigan State, Sr.), Darius Miller (F, Kentucky, Sr.)

June 20: Will Barton (G, Memphis, So.), William Buford (G, Ohio State, Sr.), Eric Griffin (F, Campbell, Sr.), Khris Middleton (F, Texas A&M, Jr.), Jeffrey Taylor (F, Vanderbilt, Sr.), Hollis Thompson (F, Georgetown, Jr.)

June 21: Miles Plumlee (F, Duke, Sr.), Garret Stutz (C, Wichita State, Sr.)

June 22: Kevin Jones (F, West Virginia, Sr.), Andrew Nicholson (F, St. Bonaventure, Sr.), Mike Scott (F, Virginia, Sr.), Royce White (F, Iowa State, So.)

June 23: Festus Ezeli (C, Vanderbilt, Sr.), Scott Machado (G, Iona, Sr.), Fab Melo (C, Syracuse, So.), Henry Sims (F, Georgetown, Sr.)

June 24: Jae Crowder (F, Marquette, Sr.), Moe Harkless (F, St. Johns, Fr.)

June 26: Tyshawn Taylor (G, Kansas, Sr.), Tony Wroten (G, Washington, Fr.)

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“According to Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD, the Atlanta Hawks will work out 12 players for the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft.

Those players are: Doron Lamb (Kentucky), Darius Miller (Kentucky), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas), Quincy Miller (Baylor), Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt), Jeff Taylor (Vanderbilt), John Jenkins (Vanderbilt), Royce White (Iowa State), Moe Harkless (St. Johns), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Fab Melo (Syracuse), and Scott Machado (Iona).

According to a report from Jason Smith of the Commercial Appeal, the Hawks also plan on working out Will Barton (Memphis).

Now out of these 13 players, Darius Miller, Tyshawn Taylor, Green, and maybe even Machado seem like a stretch at the 23rd pick. The rest seem like viable first round options.

It’s become increasingly clear by looking at this list that the Hawks are focused on adding a small forward, with some interest in shooters and bigs as well. 8 of the 13 listed project as small forwards in the NBA, while the rest seem to be scattered amongst the positions.

The Hawks could honestly use some help at every position, but small forward appears to be the weakest by nature of the team. Marvin Williams, Jerry Stackhouse, Vladimir Radmanovic, and Tracy McGrady all spent time at small forward, as did Joe Johnson. That shouldn’t sit well with Coach Drew as 3 of those are washed up vets (Stack, Vlad-Rad, T-Mac), one is out of position (Johnson), and the other just isn’t that good (Williams). Adding a player like Moe Harkless, Jeff Taylor, Quincy Miller, or Royce White could provide some much needed depth at the struggling position, along with some fresh legs. It would behoove Atlanta to infuse this roster with more talented youth, as opposed to scrounging through a regular season with a bench full of veterans that half of this league’s fans have never heard of.

Not only does a youth movement like this instill confidence in the team’s player development capabilities, but it also makes the Hawks a little more frightening. While I love Willie Green, no one is scared of him or anyone else on Atlanta’s bench even putting the ball on the floor. Add some fresher, quicker, and bouncier legs, and that’s not the case, especially if they can shoot. Guys like Moe Harkless and Jeff Taylor are incredible slashers with supreme athletic abilities. Guys like Quincy Miller and Royce White are guys who can shoot from outside and put the ball on the floor.

If it was up to me, and thankfully it isn’t, I’d flip a few coins to decide between a few players. I love Will Barton, John Jenkins, Q. Miller, White, Harkless, and J. Taylor. I love Fab Melo and Festus Ezeli. All of these guys could become starters in the league one day, and each could very well develop their own little niche skill (if they don’t already have one).

I love that the Hawks are looking towards some critical needs, and hopefully management addresses more of them come free agency. Of course, trading up still isn’t out of the question, but this draft has so many potential “good not great” players that I’d be thrilled with several of the guys set to workout for Atlanta soon. The crazy thing is that so many teams will have an opportunity to add an instant impact player this late in the first round. It’s rare to find so many players of this quality at the 23rd pick. Hopefully the Hawks take advantage of it.”

The Hawks tryout Nicholson on this Friday the 22nd! Once they see him ball they will be convinced this is their guy!

They better!

Slimjr

June 17th, 2012
3:58 pm

“One June 22, St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson, listed as a forward at 6-9, 240, will visit. He averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds playing in the Atlantic 10 as a senior, when he was an honorable-mention All-America selection.”

Go get him Hawks!

Great links Ken!!!!!

Ken Strickland

June 17th, 2012
4:51 pm

SLIMJR-Thanks. If I was the Hawks GM I’d contact the Lakers to see if they would be interested in a MWilliams and JSmith fpr PGasol trade. That would give us the a rebounding, shot blocking inside/ourside scoring center we cove, and would allow us to move Horford to PF. We could then draft a SF with the #23 pick, and we should be able to get a quality SF with that pick.

That would give us a solid core of 7 players with C-PGasol, PF-AHorford, SF-Draft Pick, SG-JJohnson, PG-JTeague, backup C-ZPachulia, PF/C-IJohnson. We could bring over one of the Euro players we have stashed overseas, and try to resign PG-JPargo, maybe SG-WGreen., and our 2nd rd pick. Sign a backup SF and we’d have a solid, young, athletic, well balanced team.

If that didn’t workout, I’d go with the Big Lineup of C-ZPachulia, PF-AHorford, SF-JSmith, SG-JJohnson, and PG-JTeague, with MWilliams and IJohnson completing our core 7 players. I know some think Josh can’t play SF, but he played SF his 1st couple of yrs. With his weight loss and regained athleticism, he could do it.

While he wouldn’t be the idea SF, he’d create a ton of matchup problems for the opposition. I can’t think of any SF who could match his size, strength, and athleticism down on the block. From a DEF standpoint, defending SFs wouldn’t be anymore difficult for him than the PGs and SGs he was forced to guard under former HC MWooodson’s switching DEF. Just a thought.

northcyde

June 17th, 2012
5:24 pm

(( clapping @ Mr. Strickland ))

We are in total agreement with that trade.

Not in agreement with Josh Smith playing SF Josh Smith should only play PF if Joe Johnson is gone. Zaza is not a better center than Al Horford. And Josh Smith isn’t a better SF than Joe Johnson.

Playing Smith at SF should be a last resort, with the current construction of the team.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 17th, 2012
5:26 pm

“With his continue emphasis on the 23rd pick, I don’t expect to see the Hawks trying to move up in the draft….”

Of course, they could always move down and collect a few million dollars extra to pay the electric bills like they did in 2010.

tjhook

June 17th, 2012
5:32 pm

Everybody keeps harping on talent but what the team needs is leadership. MR. CUNNINGHAM, why won’t you write about that? The owners paid Joe Johnson big bucks because it was assumed prematurely that Joe would become more of an oncourt leader. Reality has shown that he is only a glorified mercenary. Josh Smith is a better player but not necessarily a more disciplined one. Bibby was immobile but he at least discouraged Smith from shooting so much on the perimeter before he was traded. Teague appears to have no confidence placed in him by Drew so we are leaderless on the court. This is why the team gets labeled as immature. There is a significant void in leadership. Knight recognized that when he first brought in Bibby and Hinrich didn’t fill that void.
I wanted Tony Parker but I would be more than happy if we brought in Andre Miller. The team’s core (Smith, Johnson, Horford, Pachulia) are in their best window now and Miller does what Teague does best (dribble penetration) and also is a better defender. It is in our best interest to trade Teague now- he’s talented but not an oncourt leader – not his fault but Van Exel has to stay in his ear constantly about being assertive. The Hawks need someone who can direct the team when they are in tight situations. We play the best teams close but have trouble with offensive structure when things get tight. See this year’s playoff series. LD should go for this since he will he has only a one year contract. THIS is what you should be asking the GM and coach before the draft. Stay with a young point guard or go with a proven one to lead this core.

tjhook

June 17th, 2012
5:34 pm

by the way: Jeff Teague and Marvin Williams to a lottery team. Sacramento, maybe?

northcyde

June 17th, 2012
5:44 pm

tj . . . I’ve never heard anyone call Joe Johnson, or Al Horford, or Jeff Teague “immature”. There’s only one person on the team that fits that description.

As far as this team needing a leader, I agree. Whether it be in the backcourt or the frontcourt, the team definitely needs a leader. Of this current group, Al Horford is best suited to be that guy. Teague could run the team if people stop messing with him all the time. And once again, there’s only one player and the coach who messes with Jeff Teague.

tjhook

June 17th, 2012
5:51 pm

The TNT studio has always called us immature. And select members of the media have as well.
On leadership, Teague is just not allowed to mature here at a rate sufficient enough to help the team move forward in the playoffs. And most importantly, we don’t need a voice for leadership, we need structure. That was the best thing Woodson offered – only Iso Joe was not enough to win championships. We need a veteran point guard to run LD’s offense and FORCE our core to stay focused with executing plays when we are in tight or adverse situations. I grew frustrated with some of Drew’s personnel decisions but overall the team did perform better over the course of the season. They just need to improve upon last season and Teague cannot be trusted as a leader to make this happen. And the leadership needs to come from the point guard position.

northcyde

June 17th, 2012
6:03 pm

And I wanted Dre Miller on this team 4 years ago, instead of re-signing Bibby. While Miller can’t shoot the deep ball, he can go to the hole, post up opposing PGs, and make the right plays in the half court.

But even if we acquired Miller, I’d keep Teague as the starter. He played a lot of 2 guard in Denver last year, so we may could get away with him being our “Hinrich” for next season.

northcyde

June 17th, 2012
6:05 pm

tj . . . TNT’s and the media’s target has been Josh Smith. No one else on this team gets called out for their immaturity.

They call out JJ for his “quietness” and lack of leadership
Most everyone loves Horford.
Most everyone likes Teague.
There’s hardly any opinion on Marvin

As a whole, the team is called “soft” and “too nice”.

But when it comes to maturity, Josh Smith is always the target.

northcyde

June 17th, 2012
6:08 pm

tj . . . just do a google search, and type in any Hawks player name + the word “immature” next to it, and see what pops up.

UGA

June 17th, 2012
6:09 pm

If the Hawks use the midlevel or bi-annual exception does that put them over the cap?

northcyde

June 17th, 2012
6:10 pm

Actually, they call JJ out for a number of things ( being overpaid, not a #1 option, not aggressive, etc ) . . but hardly ever for his immaturity.

northcyde

June 17th, 2012
6:13 pm

UGA

Not necessarily. They have a little over 10 million to sign 7 players. The Mid-Level probably takes us above the line. The Bi-Annual wouldn’t, but put us very close to it.

O'Brien

June 17th, 2012
6:40 pm

FTPB,

Ra’mon,

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 don’t want to trade Jeff, because I think he will continue to improve. However, I am open to trading Zaza though, because he is what he is, and he only has one year left on his deal.

That being said, Houston has a $6.7 mil option on Dalembert, so I assume they will keep him, and keep their picks to draft a guy like Zeller to back him up.

cp

June 17th, 2012
6:45 pm

@Rufus. Cunninham is a guy i would love to get in the second round. I just dont see him being on the board by the time the Hawks pick again. As you stated, he gets to the line. We need more players like him that attack and get to the charity stripe. Can you imagine him and Teague on a fast break, well if Teague is actually allowed to run the break but thats a different story.

I think what the Hawks do really depends on what Boston does ahead of them. I could see Boston taking Nicholson and Taylor. Those are two players who really fit the description Pendergraft made about shooters, seniors, and guys who can play from day 1.

O'Brien

June 17th, 2012
6:49 pm

northcyde,

When Bibby became a FA, I wanted the Hawks to sign Andre Miller, and I was even open to Jarrett Jack. What’s ironic is the Sixers let Miller go, and the Pacers let Jack go, but we overpaid Bibby to keep him.

What’s ironic is LD said (emphatically) that JC2 is not a PG, but yet he insisted on playing JC1 at PG, and insisted at playing Sy at PG, when everybody knows neither of them are PGs.

And I think it all comes back to LD not knowing how to put players in a position to maximize their talents.

O'Brien

June 17th, 2012
6:51 pm

Najeh,

From nydailynews.com;

- The Memphis Grizzlies’ sale to Robert J. Pera, announced this past week, is already in serious trouble, according to league sources. Pera owns Ubiquiti Networks, a Silicon Valley communications technology company.

When its stock bottomed out in the last two weeks, his net worth plummeted from $1 billion to $200 million, according to league insiders who say that unless he has some wealthy partners lined up to help him finance the sale, it will likely fall through.

In that case, the Grizzlies will continue to be owned by Michael Heisley. Pera agreed to buy the team for $350 million, a figure that raised many eyebrows around the league..

So much for that.

UGA

June 17th, 2012
6:51 pm

So if the midlevel puts us over then we pay the luxury tax?

How much is the bi-annual for? 2 million or so?