Found November 27, 2011 on
PLAYERS: Sam Amick
TEAMS: Atlanta Hawks’s Sam Amick obtained details of the principal agreement between NBA owners and whatever-the-current-union-group-is-called. The full document is here. It looks like the cap and tax levels will remain about the same: $58 million and $70 million, respectively. As noted previously, this doesn’t leave the Hawks much room to add salary below the tax threshold since they have about $65 million in guaranteed salary committed to seven players and must add at least six more. There is an amnesty provision in the (tentative) deal, to be used one time over the life of the CBA (10 years, or six if either side decides to opt out). It can be used only on existing contracts and will allow 100 percent of the players’ salary to be removed for cap and tax purposes. The “stretch” provision, which would allow a waived players’ payments and cap salary to be spread out beyond the length of the contract, will be available only for new contracts. My reading of the agreement suggests the amnesty …

Josh Smith is likely going to continue playing at a high level in 2011-12 for the Atlanta Hawks

25-year old power forward Josh Smith really fills up the stat sheet every night for the Hawks.  He played in 77 games (all starts) for the Hawks last year and he averaged 34.4 minutes, 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  Smith has now played in 534 games (512 starts) in his first seven years with the Hawks and he is averaging 33.8...

Atlanta Hawks: Jamal’s free-agent journey

According to Frank Isola of the Daily News in New York, Jamal prefers “returning to the New York area if he does not re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks.” Isola suggests that Jamal’s chances of signing with New York or New Jersey increased when he signed with agent Andy Miller, who “has close ties to both the Knicks’ and Nets’ organizations.” I’ve never followed the ...

Zaza Pachulia, Pape Sy Productive in Europe

Zaza Pachulia scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Galatasaray beat Asseco Prokom 78-76 in Euroleague play on Thursday.Pape Sy has overcome a slow start for Gravelines-Dunkerque to score 69 points on just 38 shots in just 78 minutes over his last five league games. In two Euro Cup games, Sy has scored 25 points on 17 shots and grabbed 11 rebounds in just under 35 minutes....

Atlanta Hawks: Tentative deal to end lockout but no details yet

Stayed up until the wee hours anticipating an end to the lockout. And so of course the news didn’t break until like 3 a.m.David Stern, Billy Hunter and deputy commish Adam Silver emerged some three hours later to announce a tentative labor agreement. No word yet on details of the agreement (and what it will mean for the Hawks’ shaky cap/tax situation). But the goal is to open...

Amnesty Options for the Atlanta Hawks

Assuming the new CBA gets ratified by both players and owners, it will contain the following amnesty provision: Each team permitted to waive 1 player prior to any season of the CBA (only for contracts in place at the inception of the CBA) and have 100% of the player’s salary removed from team salary for Cap and Tax purposes.Salary of amnestied players included for purposes of calculating...

Old ATL vs New ATL Highlights

The Lou Williams’ foundation put on the “New ATL vs. Old ATL” game at Atlanta Metro College last week and he invited his friends. Lou Williams finished with 40 points, Damien Wilkins scored 33, Solomon Jones added 11, Joe Johnson had 15 and Allen Iverson dropped 38 points for Old ATL. For New ATL Anthony Morrow had 38 points, Jarrett Jack 30 points, Trey Thompkins scored...

Agent change may lead Crawford back to NY

Jamal Crawford officially committed to being represented by Andy Miller at New Jersey-based ASM Sports on Sunday, a move that could lead him back to the Knicks or possibly result in him signing with the Nets.

Memo from NBA explains terms of the tentative labor agreement

Perhaps the most helpful NBA-related piece over the last few days was produced by’s Sam Amick.
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