ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
72°
Partly Cloudy T-storms
H 90° L 70°
  • cloudy-day
    72°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy T-storms. H 90° L 70°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day
    90°
    Today
    Partly Cloudy T-storms. H 90° L 70°
  • clear-day
    90°
    Tomorrow
    Mostly Clear. H 90° L 70°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb news on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb traffic on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb weather on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

Atlanta Hawks

    When the careers for players like De'Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver are long over, when they look back at the scrapbook of their basketball lives, they will more than likely see photos of draft night. And they'll have the same reaction. 'Why did I have that hat on?' It'll be a fair question. A plea to the NBA: Going forward, do everyone a favor and let common sense prevail. The NBA has some fairly strict rules that get followed on trades, and there are a lot of reasons why some trades that were agreed to in recent days can't be executed until the new league year starts on July 6. It's why Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. While everyone believes he is a Laker, he really is still a Pelican and will be until his trade to Los Angeles can become official in a couple weeks. But since everyone knows the trades are happening, why pretend otherwise? The draft — a five-plus-hour ordeal on Thursday night — had so many great moments with players crying and rejoicing for college teammates, along with plenty of confusing moments. Hunter was talking about joining the Atlanta Hawks while wearing a Lakers hat. Culver is going to Minnesota, and wore a Phoenix hat when he walked across the stage. This went on all night long. Guys were getting traded left and right, and very few of the deals could be officially announced — or even spoken about by teams — because they aren't finalized. 'It's a little weird,' Hunter said. It's a domino effect, too. The Lakers-Pelicans trade affects certain other deals, like the Pelicans-Hawks trade, and so on, and so on. A handful of trades, mostly ones where draft rights to soon-to-be-rookies or even future picks were exchanged, got done Thursday night and didn't need to wait until the new league year. The biggest deals, like the Davis trade, cannot be completed until the new salary-cap year officially begins on July 6. And the Davis trade is now a precursor to other trades. The Pelicans traded the No. 4 pick, which became Hunter, to Atlanta without technically owning it yet since it is part of the payoff in the Davis deal. Hence, the potential for confusion. July 6 isn't an arbitrary date. It represents the end of the league's annual moratorium period, which is basically about a week to do some accounting and auditing for the previous year — including the determination of what the 'Basketball Related Income' or BRI for the just-concluded season was. That moratorium is also why players who agree to free-agent deals starting on June 30 won't be able to officially sign until the league year starts on July 6. Not having a mechanism in place for these trades to be done on draft night — or even the ability to pretend that they're done — not only can be puzzling for fans, but it even can deny some players their ideal welcome-to-the-NBA moment as well. After all, they'll never be drafted again. 'It's kind of different,' Culver said. 'I'm just happy to be in the NBA and have this opportunity. It's a lot of work to be done. So wherever I end up, I've got to stay true to myself and give whatever team I'm playing for everything I've got.' What makes this worse is that it isn't just affecting draft night. There are summer leagues starting in Sacramento and Salt Lake City on July 1, and then the full-scale NBA Summer League starts in Las Vegas on July 5. Miami is playing in the Sacramento league, and it would have been a nice perk for former Stanford forward KZ Okpala — California born and raised, went to college there as well, an All-Pac-12 player last season — to get his first taste of pro ball in his home state. Can't happen. Okpala is going to be a member of the Heat, but not until July 6 and long after the start of summer play. He's not alone. Plenty of other hopefuls around the league will be in the same boat. Okpala is a second-rounder who will wind up in Miami through trades with Phoenix and Indiana. He will likely face an uphill fight to make Miami's opening-night roster, and now he misses out on an opportunity to impress the Heat brass because he will not be able to play in any of the three summer games in Sacramento and probably the team's opener in Las Vegas — at minimum. 'That's the way it goes in the game today,' said Heat President Pat Riley, speaking generically about because by league rule he couldn't talk about Okpala since he isn't actually on Miami's roster yet. A solution would be to push back the start of summer leagues, to avoid things like this happening in the future. But that will take cooperation from television partners, as well as the teams, since the later summer goes the less downtime there will be before the beginning of training camps. Making a change like that won't be easy. And that won't address the issues on draft night either. So maybe in 2020, let's start small and give players the right hat. 'I don't necessarily know what I'm going to do with it,' Hunter said of his L.A. cap. 'Probably give it to a Lakers fan. Have them wear it.' ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • It was a dizzying night of trades at the NBA draft. Lottery picks De'Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver and Jaxson Hayes didn't last long with the teams that picked them Thursday night. Hunter was taken fourth by the Los Angeles Lakers in a pick they had already agreed to trade to the New Orleans Pelicans to acquire Anthony Davis. That deal can't officially go through until July 6. The Pelicans didn't hold on to the pick, agreeing to trade it earlier Thursday to the Atlanta Hawks and acquiring Hayes, who was selected eighth. 'I didn't know they were going to trade up to the fourth pick,' Hunter said of the Hawks. 'I know they were trying to do something to get earlier in the draft.' The move wasn't a huge surprise as the Virginia star only worked out for the Hawks. The Pelicans also received Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who was taken 17th, Marcos Louzada Silva, along with a protected first-round pick from Cleveland in 2020 that Atlanta had. New Orleans also sent Solomon Hill, Jordan Bone and a future second-rounder to Atlanta. The trade was confirmed by a person familiar with the deal. The trade helped the Pelicans create more salary cap space by unloading the nearly $12.8 million owed to Hill next season. New Orleans also saved about $2.2 million by moving their second first-round pick down from fourth to eighth overall. Hunter wasn't sure what he would do with the Lakers hat he wore onto the stage to shake hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. 'I don't necessarily know what I'm going to do with it,' he said. 'Probably give it to a Lakers fan. Have them wear it.' The Hawks and Pelicans weren't the only teams making moves in the lottery. Culver was selected by Phoenix with the sixth pick and the Suns agreed to trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves. 'It's kind of different. I'm just happy to be in the NBA and have this opportunity. It's a lot of work to be done,' Culver said. 'So wherever I end up, I've got to stay true to myself and give whatever team I'm playing for everything I've got.' The Wolves traded Dario Saric and Cameron Johnson, who was drafted 11th. Saric's agent, Misko Raznatovic, confirmed on Twitter that his client was headed to the Suns. ___ AP Sports Writers Brett Martel in New Orleans and Paul Newberry in Atlanta contributed to this story.
  • The Atlanta Hawks pulled off another blockbuster deal on NBA draft night to get the player they wanted. Then, they landed another with the remnants of last year's big trade. The rebuilding Hawks added to their impressive young core by selecting wingman De'Andre Hunter from national champion Virginia on Thursday with the No. 4 pick, which was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans shortly before the draft began. Less than an hour later, they grabbed Duke guard Cam Reddish at No. 10 — using the selection they got from Dallas in last year's Trae Young-for-Luka Doncic trade. 'We're really excited with the way it played out for us,' general manager Travis Schlenk said. The fourth pick was technically made by the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Anthony Davis trade, but Hunter will wind up with the Hawks after their deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. To move up, Atlanta surrendered the No. 8, No. 17 and No. 35 picks, along with a protected first-round choice from Cleveland in 2020 that belonged to Atlanta. The trade was confirmed by a person familiar with the deal but can't be finalized until the NBA's new year begins on July 6. The Hawks also got the No. 57 selection, a future second-round pick and forward Solomon Hill from the Pelicans. Turns out, they weren't done dealing, packaging the 57th pick and two future second-round picks to land 6-10 center Bruno Fernando of Maryland with Philadelphia's pick at No. 34. Like the trade for Hunter, the deal won't become official until July 6. Atlanta targeted 6-foot-7, 225-pound Hunter as the seemingly perfect fit on a team that already has two of the league's rising stars: Trae Young at point guard and big man John Collins. 'YESSSSIRRRR!!!' Young tweeted. 'Let's Work.' Hunter was wearing a Lakers cap at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the draft was held, but he knew Atlanta was his actual destination. 'When I went there (for a workout), they had a pretty strong feeling about me,' he said. 'I knew that was the place I wanted to be. That was one of my destinations. I'm happy they traded up and got that pick.' Hunter was wearing a picture of his father, who died when De'Andre was just 7 years old. 'He's here watching over me,' Hunter said. The 6-8, 208-pound Reddish is cut from the same mold as Hunter, but he's coming off an uneven freshman year with the Blue Devils. Reddish arrived in Durham as a top-five recruit but was only the third option behind teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, both of whom went ahead of him in the draft. 'I've got a little chip on my shoulder to come in and prove myself,' Reddish said. With his inside-out ability and 7-2 wingspan, Hunter led the Cavaliers to their first national championship as a redshirt sophomore, most notably hitting the overtime-forcing 3-pointer in the victory over Texas Tech in the title game. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year and picked up the national defensive award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Hunter isn't as flashy as others in the draft and, if anything, he needs to be more assertive. There were times when he blended into the background with his unselfish play and an offensive game that still needs a bit of refining. But he averaged 15.2 points on 52% shooting and hit nearly 44% of his attempts beyond the arc, just what the Hawks are looking for on a team that Schlenk hopes to build in the mold of the Golden State Warriors. Hunter's biggest selling point: Virginia won 66 of 71 games over two seasons with him in the lineup and lost the only game without him — that shocker against No. 16-seed UMBC in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Reddish is a stellar athlete with the potential to be a long-range shooter and lockdown defender with his 7-foot wingspan. But he struggled offensively at Duke (35.6% shooting overall, 33.3% on 3-pointers) and was a surprise late scratch against Virginia Tech in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 with a left knee injury. He also had a minor procedure for a nagging core muscle injury and won't be able to play in the summer league, according to Schlenk, but should be ready to go when training camp begins. 'We had him ranked higher than (No. 10) on our board,' the general manager said. 'We rolled the dice and won.' The additions of Hunter and Reddish might propel the 29-win Hawks to the fringe of playoff contention next season, but they'll get a chance to take their overhaul to another level in 2020. Schlenk has been acquiring over-priced players that other teams wanted to get off the books, including Hill ($12.8 million in 2019-20), Miles Plumlee ($12.5 million) and Allen Crabbe ($18.5 million). The Hawks also have Kent Bazemore, who will make $19.3 million next season. All four of those players come off the books a year from now, freeing up $63.1 million to spend in free agency. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paulnewberry ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he'd never show a soft side. Draft night proved otherwise. Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans — a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward he couldn't hide his emotions, even though he along with everyone else knew what would happen Thursday night. 'Because I love the game of basketball,' he said. 'You can hear people say things like, 'Oh, that it was likely I was going to go No. 1.' But I guess you don't know until you actually go through it. Hearing my name called and I was able to make it on stage without a tear, shake the commissioner's hand, but in the interview my mom was standing beside me, and my emotions just took over.' There might be tears of joy in New Orleans, too, after the Pelicans were able to get the Duke powerhouse who is considered one of the most exciting prospects in years. The 6-foot-7, 285-pounder compiled a college career worth of highlights into just one season, becoming the third freshman to be voted player of the year by The Associated Press. His assault on the rims made him a favorite of college basketball fans, but his game is more than just dunks. Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 68% from the field. Wearing a white suit, he hugged members of his family and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after his name was called first at Barclays Center. Williamson will step into an open position in New Orleans, which recently agreed to trade All-Star Anthony Davis, the last freshman to win the AP award, to the Los Angeles Lakers. 'I'm going to do anything to win. I'm just going to do anything to win,' Williamson said. The Memphis Grizzlies also quickly addressed a positional need by taking Murray State's Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick. The Grizzlies agreed to trade Mike Conley, their longtime point guard, to Utah a day earlier. They got a good replacement in Morant, who led Division I with 10 assists per game as a sophomore while averaging 24.5 points. 'I have some big shoes to fill in Mike Conley,' Morant said. 'He's a great player. I wish him the best. Like I said before, it just means the Grizzlies see a lot in me.' RJ Barrett then made it two Duke freshmen within the top-three picks when the New York Knicks took the guard who actually edged out Williamson to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. Knicks fans hoped they would get Williamson after finishing with the worst record in the league but seemed happy to end up with Barrett, loudly cheering and chanting 'RJ! RJ!' when the pick was announced. 'That was great,' Barrett said. 'I'm glad that the city wants me here as much as I want to be here.' De'Andre Hunter of national champion Virginia was taken fourth but won't be teaming up with Williamson. The Pelicans acquired the rights to the pick in the Davis deal but agreed to trade it shortly before the draft to Atlanta. The original trade can't be official until July 6, so Hunter was outfitted with a Lakers hit and the draft board behind the stage listed the pick as belonging to the Lakers. The Cleveland Cavaliers then took Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland, who played in just five games because of a knee injury. Then it was another pick who won't be playing for the team that made it, with Jarrett Culver taken at No. 6 by Phoenix with a pick that the Suns agreed to trade to Minnesota for the No. 11 pick. That turned out to be Cameron Johnson, the second North Carolina player to be drafted after Chicago took Coby White at No. 7. Kentucky then had two straight picks, with PJ Washington going 12th to Charlotte and Tyler Herro 13th to Miami. Duke did even better by placing three in the top 10. Cam Reddish went 10th to the Hawks, making the Blue Devils the only team to pull off that feat since Florida placed Al Horford third, Corey Brewer seventh and Joakim Noah ninth after winning the 2007 national championship. The trades caused some confusion in Barclays Center beyond just players wearing hats of teams whose uniforms they won't wear. A brief 'Brooklyn! Brooklyn!' chant broke out when the Nets were on the clock at No. 17, but the Nets had already agreed to deal that pick to Atlanta in yet another trade that won't become official until July 6. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Clarke and Mfiondu Kabengele followed Barrett into the NBA, giving Canada its best showing with four first-round picks. The overall record for draft picks from outside the U.S. was set when France had five players selected in 2016. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Latest on Thursday's NBA draft (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The trade-filled NBA draft is complete. Sacramento took Serbian guard Vanja Marinkovic with the 60th and final selection. That capped a night that saw Duke and Zion Williamson start off a big draft haul for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Williamson went first to New Orleans, allowing Duke to break a tie with Kentucky for the most No. 1 overall picks with four. The Blue Devils also joined Florida in 2007 as the only teams with three top-10 picks in the same draft with RJ Barrett at No. 3 and Cam Reddish at No. 10. The ACC had a draft-best 13 picks, including a draft-record six lottery selections and 10 first-rounders. The Southeastern Conference was second with 12 picks and six first-rounders. No other league had more than six picks. There were also 15 trades, which had multiple players donning hats for teams that had selected them but agreed to deal their draft rights. Fans hoping to sort out all that movement must wait until July 6 for many of those trades to become official. ___ 12:05 a.m. Bol Bol's long wait is finally over. The 7-foot-2 Oregon freshman spent the entire first round in the green room before Miami ended his slide by picking him with the 44th overall pick. But Bol isn't heading to South Beach. The Heat traded the rights to Bol to the Denver Nuggets, said a person with knowledge of the move. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because deal is pending league approval. The wait was a big fall for the son of late NBA player Manute Bol considering he was projected by some as a possible late lottery pick and spent a very long evening in the green room. His selection drew loud cheers from the fans who stuck around to watch the second round, prompting Bol to say afterward: 'It feels pretty good, I didn't know I had that many fans until right now.' ___ 11 p.m. The first round of the NBA draft is complete. Milwaukee selected USC guard Kevin Porter Jr. with the 30th and final pick of the first round. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that 7-foot-2 freshman Bol Bol from Oregon is still sitting in the green room after an unexpected slide into the second round. Bol offers an intriguing skillset with his rangy game and 7-7 wingspan. Georgia sophomore big man Nicolas Claxton was also still waiting to hear his name called in the green room. He didn't wait long, he was taken with the first pick in the second round by the Brooklyn Nets. North Carolina freshman Nassir Little had an unexpectedly long slide, landing at No. 25 to Portland after being considered a possible lottery pick. ___ 9:50 p.m. There is finally some international flavor in this year's NBA draft. International prospects Sekou Doumbouya, Goga Bitadze and Luka Samanic all went in the middle of the first round. The 18-year-old Doumbouya is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward who was picked at No. 15 by Detroit after playing last season in France's top pro league. The 19-year-old Bitadze went at No. 18, bringing a 6-11, 250-pound frame to the Indiana Pacers after spending last season in the EuroLeague. The 19-year-old Samanic went off the board at No. 19 to San Antonio. He's a 6-10 Croatian forward who played in Slovenia last season. There's also a Canadian influence, too — which should come as no surprise considering the Toronto Raptors just won the franchise's first NBA championship last week. Duke's RJ Barrett went third overall and is a native of Mississauga, Ontario. He was joined by Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a Toronto native who was picked 17th. ___ 9:15 p.m. The Atlantic Coast Conference is already having a big night in the NBA draft, even though it's only halfway through the first round. The league had a record six players go in the lottery section of the first 14 picks. Meanwhile, Duke joined Florida in 2007 as the only programs with three top-10 picks in the same year after Zion Williamson went No. 1 to the New Orleans Pelicans, RJ Barrett third to the New York Knicks and Cam Reddish 10th to Atlanta. De'Andre Hunter of NCAA champion Virginia is headed to Atlanta as the fourth overall pick. Then North Carolina had two early picks in point guard Coby White going seventh to Chicago and Cameron Johnson being a surprise selection at No. 11 to Phoenix — which had traded down in a deal with Minnesota. ___ 8:40 p.m. The early trades in the NBA draft mean several players are donning hats just for show — and they know it. Because many trades can't become official for salary-cap purposes until July 6, Virginia's De'Andre Hunter wore a Los Angeles Lakers hat when he was picked fourth overall. The Lakers made the selection for Atlanta after the Hawks acquired the rights to the pick in a deal with New Orleans Pelicans, who had got the rights to the Lakers' pick in the Anthony Davis trade. Then at sixth, Phoenix selected Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver on Minnesota's behalf after the Timberwolves made a deal with the Suns to move up five spots. Culver wore a Suns hat as he took the stage, while the Timberwolves will make the 11th pick for the Suns later in the evening. ___ 7:55 p.m. Minnesota now has the sixth pick in the NBA draft. A person with knowledge says the Timberwolves have traded up five slots in the first round by sending power forward Dario Saric and the No. 11 overall selection to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for the No. 6 pick. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official for salary-cap purposes until July 6, which means the Suns will still make the sixth pick for the Timberwolves. ESPN first reported the trade. Saric's agent, Misko Raznatovic, confirmed on Twitter that his client was headed to the Suns. The Timberwolves have a new president of basketball operations, Gersson Rosas, the former Houston Rockets assistant general manager who's running a draft for the first time. — AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis ___ 7:40 p.m. The Grizzlies own the second pick, a coveted selection in this year's NBA draft. But some Memphis fans still aren't ready to let go of the past on draft night. A few Mike Conley jerseys and one for Marc Gasol are visible among the early arriving fans for the Grizzlies' draft party. Both of the longtime Memphis players are gone, with Gasol winning an NBA title with Toronto. Conley was dealt this week to Utah in a deal that won't be official until July 6 when the new league year begins. But some were looking forward to what's next, including 17-year-old fan Ben Taylor from Huntingdon, Tennessee. He had a T-shirt with Memphis lettering and Murray State's Ja Morant's name and No. 12 on the back thanks to a little craftwork by his mother and iron-on decals. Taylor said he wasn't worried the Grizzlies would take someone other than Morant, saying he was 'that confident' he'd be right. ___ 6:30 p.m. The Hawks now have the fourth pick in the NBA draft. A person familiar with deal says Atlanta has acquired the pick from the Pelicans. New Orleans had acquired the rights to the fourth pick in the trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. In the deal the Hawks, the Pelicans will get the No. 8, No. 17 and No. 35 overall picks, along with a protected first-round pick from Cleveland in 2020 that Atlanta had. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be finalized until at least until July 6 when the Davis trade can be finalized. That means the Lakers will be making the pick for the Hawks via the Pelicans. In addition to the fourth pick, the Hawks are getting the No. 57 pick, a future second-round pick and forward Solomon Hill from New Orleans. — AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans ___ 2:20 a.m. The NBA draft is all about Zion Williamson. The draft begins Thursday night with the Duke freshman projected to go first overall to the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward was the biggest star the college level has seen in years, filling highlight reels with thunderous dunks and incomparable athleticism while becoming The Associated Press national player of the year. Murray State point guard Ja Morant and Duke high-scoring freshman forward RJ Barrett are projected to follow Williamson in the top three picks, with the uncertainty starting with the No. 4 pick. Other top lottery prospects include guards Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech and Cam Reddish of Duke; point guards Darius Garland of Vanderbilt and Coby White of North Carolina; and forward De'Andre Hunter from NCAA champion Virginia. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • UPDATE: The Hawks traded with the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 4 pick, selecting Hunter. ------------------------------------------------- The Atlanta Hawks pulled off a major trade just hours before the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks now own the No. 4 pick in the draft. Atlanta has acquired New Orleans No. 4 pick in the draft for No. 8 and 17 and 35, league sources tell ESPN. Pelicans are sending Solomon Hill, No. 57 pick and a future second-round pick. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019 Atlanta is also sending a Cleveland heavily protected first-round pick in 2020 to the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019 Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein says sources told him the Hawks are interested in the University of Virginia's De'Andre Hunter. Spoke/texted with a handful of NBA execs today... here is the consensus: *Hawks still trying to package their picks and move up - *Cleveland could be dancing partner... *De'Andre Hunter will be a Hawk if he's available when theu pick/trade up *Multiple teams interested in Baze — Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) June 20, 2019 For the second year in a row, the Hawks have pulled off a major trade on the night of the draft. Last year, it was to obtain Trae Young.
  • The NBA draft lottery didn't go their way. Still, the Atlanta Hawks are poised to take another big step forward in their massive rebuilding job. With a pair of picks in the top 10 — or perhaps a single selection that's higher than what they have now, should they work out a trade — the Hawks can add to a pair of gems from the last two drafts, Trae Young and John Collins. In all, the Hawks have five picks in the two-round draft, including No. 17 as part of a reported deal that will send Taurean Prince to the Brooklyn Nets. 'Will we try to be active?' general manager Travis Schlenk said. 'Sure.' After finishing with the league's fifth-worst record (29-53), the Hawks were hopeful of moving up in the lottery — perhaps even all the way to the No. 1 spot, where they could've grabbed Zion Williamson. But New Orleans defied the odds by claiming the top position, while the Hawks actually tumbled three spots below where they finished to No. 8. They also have the No. 10 pick, acquired from Dallas during last year's draft in the deal that brought Young to Atlanta in exchange for Luka Doncic. So far, that trade has worked out quite nicely for both teams. Doncic looks like a star in the making. So does Young, who fearlessly guided the Hawks from the point guard position while displaying the sort of charisma that should set him up to become the face of the franchise. Slowly but surely, Schlenk is building the sort of team he wants. 'What you see when you get to the later rounds of the playoffs — and you're even seeing in the regular season — is the position-less basketball,' Schlenk said. 'You have five guys out there that can space the floor and handle the ball and obviously defend multiple positions, those are the kinds of things we're looking for and will continue to look for.' Young averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 assists, teaming with second-year player Collins to give fans in the A-T-L a promising core. Collins was a steal in the 2017 draft at No. 19 (for those who may have forgotten, Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball went with the top two picks). With a high-flying style that still shows plenty of potential upside, the 6-foot-10 Collins teamed with Young to lead the Hawks in scoring (19.5) and rebounding (19.8). Collins is 21. Young is 20. And more young talent is on the way. But, as Schlenk was quick to point out, the overhaul is still a work in progress. 'Look, we won 29 games. We're still looking for best players available,' he said. 'Whatever that position is, we're going to take 'em and figure it out on the back end.' While the top three picks appear locked in — Williamson to the Pelicans, followed by Ja Morant (Memphis) and R.J. Barrett (New York Knicks) — the situation is more fluid after that. New Orleans is also set to go again at No. 4 as part of the massive haul it got for trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers, but the Pelicans might be persuaded to deal that pick for Atlanta's two choices. That would allow the Hawks to grab either De'Andre Hunter of Virginia or Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech, a pair of wingmen who seem to have the games to step right into the NBA. Either would be an intriguing fit in in a lineup that already includes Young and Collins. If the Hawks can't work out a deal, Duke forward Cam Reddish and Texas center Jaxson Hayes are among the players who might be available at Nos. 8 and 10. Neither is as polished as Hunter or Culver, but both present an intriguing upside that might work out even better for the Hawks in the long run. The 17th pick could provide a valuable addition as well. The middle of the draft has been a sweet spot for Schlenk the last two years, with shooting guard Kevin Huerter coming aboard last year at No. 19. He started 59 games and averaged just under 10 points a game. After that, the Hawks have two more picks in the second round at 35th and 41st. They also had the No. 44 pick before trading it to Miami on Wednesday for a conditional 2024 second-round pick and cash considerations. 'What we're finding with this draft is there's a lot of depth to it,' Schlenk said. 'We like a lot of the guys there.' Yep, it's shaping up to be another intriguing draft night for the Hawks. Even if the lottery didn't work out like they hoped. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paulnewberry ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A former NBA player, Anthony Grundy, has pleaded not guilty in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in Kentucky. News outlets report the 40-year-old Grundy turned himself in Friday and appeared in court Saturday. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid. A police report says Grundy told police he knew he hit something on Dixie Highway in Louisville the night of June 7, but did not stop. Police say a woman trying to cross the road died after being struck. News outlets report that Grundy attended high school in Kentucky and played basketball at North Carolina State University from 1998 to 2002. He then played professionally in several countries and played briefly with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2005-06 season.
  • Metro Atlanta’s more than 250 McDonald’s locations are seeking to fill 1,500 positions Wednesday. The stores are looking for everything from cooks to general managers, said Jennifer Jones, a spokeswoman with a public relations firm that represents all McDonald’s in metro Atlanta. Participating locations stretch from Elijay to Peachtree City and Rome to Athens. READ | Atlanta Hawks NBA 2K pro e-sport athletes will be treated by Northside Many industries with seasonal and youth workers are susceptible to employee shake-ups during summer. The McDonald’s locations will have applications ready. But those interested can bring a filled-out application with a resume and contact information for references. Applicants may be interviewed on the spot. The hiring campaign will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Those who can’t attend can apply online. Follow The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Facebook and Twitter
  • The Memphis Grizzlies finally filled their coaching vacancy by hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins. The Grizzlies will introduce Jenkins at news conference on Wednesday. 'Taylor has an excellent coaching pedigree, and we are confident he will lay the groundwork of developing the young players on our roster while having the elite basketball acumen and forward-thinking positive vision to be a high-level NBA head coach,' Zachary Z. Kleiman, the Grizzlies' executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement Tuesday. Memphis became the sixth and final NBA team to hire a new coach after firing J.B. Bickerstaff following the end of the season in April. Jenkins, 34, was Mike Budenholzer's assistant in Milwaukee this season and in Atlanta for five seasons. Jenkins becomes Memphis' fourth head coach since the Grizzlies chose not to renew Lionel Hollins' contract in 2013 after he led them to their lone Western Conference final appearance. The new Grizzlies coach started in the NBA as an intern with the San Antonio Spurs' basketball operations department during the 2007-08 season after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. Jenkins then was an assistant coach with the Spurs' G League team, the Toros, and worked under both Quin Snyder, now head coach of the Utah Jazz, and Brad Jones, now coach of Memphis' G League team. Jenkins was named head coach of the Toros for 2012-13 and led thm to a first-round playoff victory. He went to Atlanta as an assistant to Budenholzer, then followed the head coach to Milwaukee, where the Bucks went an NBA-best 60-22 this season before losing to Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals. Memphis controlling owner Robert Pera fired Bickerstaff the day after he wrapped up his first full season on the job and with the 33-49 Grizzlies missing the playoffs for a second straight year. Bickerstaff had been named interim coach in November 2017 when David Fizdale was fired, but this time Pera chose to restructure the front office by adding basketball operations to president Jason Wexler's duties. He also promoted Kleiman, 30, to executive vice president of basketball operations. Former NBA player Tayshaun Prince was later promoted to vice president of basketball affairs in late April, and former general manager Chris Wallace was moved to scouting. Memphis goes into the draft with the No. 2 pick overall for the first time since 2009 looking for someone to pair with Jaren Jackson Jr., who was named to the NBA All-Rookie team in May. The Grizzlies are rebuilding after tying their own NBA record for most players used in a season at 28 for a second year in a row and setting the NBA mark with 20 different leading scorers. The Grizzlies also have to decide what to do with 31-year-old guard Mike Conley, who remains under contract for two more seasons and is due $67 million on the max contract he signed in July 2016. Chandler Parsons still has a year left on his deal after playing only 95 games combined over the first three seasons. Memphis also has Dillon Brooks, who was limited to 18 games by injuries, and Kyle Anderson, signed to a four-year deal last summer, is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder. The Grizzlies hope hiring Jenkins will be enough to persuade Jonas Valanciunas, acquired in the February trade for Marc Gasol, to exercise his $17.6 million player option for this season. Thursday is the deadline for that option. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

News

  • Romance author Judith Krantz, best known for writing 'Scruples' and nine other best-selling novels, has died at age 91, multiple news outlets reported Sunday. >> Read more trending news According to The Associated Press, Krantz died of natural causes Saturday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles' Bel-Air neighborhood, said one of her sons, producer Tony Krantz. Before she published the racy 'Scruples' at age 50 in 1978, Krantz wrote for women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan, McCall's and Ladies' Home Journal. She eventually wrote 10 novels that sold more than 80 million copies around the world, CNN reported. She also published a memoir, 'Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl,' in 2001. Several of Krantz's books, including 'Scruples,' 'Princess Daisy' and 'Mistral's Daughter,' were adapted into television miniseries in the '80s and '90s. A remake of the 'Scruples' miniseries was 'still in the works' when she died, Tony Krantz told the AP. Krantz was preceded in death by her husband, producer Steve Krantz. She is survived by their two sons and two grandchildren, the AP reported. Fellow authors took to Twitter after learning of Krantz's death, calling her a 'legend.' Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two hurt in a South Fulton County apartment complex.  Channel 2’s Kristen Holloway is at the scene, where she talked to neighbors who say they heard about 12 gunshots.  The shooting happened at the Avery Park Apartments in the 2600 block of Charlestown Drive in College Park Monday. We’re at the scene talking to police about the shooting and the victims, for LIVE reports on Channel 2 Action News This Morning. BREAKING: Just got the scene of shooting at an apartment complex in College Park. Stay with @wsbtv for updates. pic.twitter.com/HE0HjejFRP — Kristen Holloway (@KHollowayWSB) June 24, 2019  
  • The search for a missing New York girl came to a sad end late Sunday when authorities found her body in Ontario's Casey Park. >> Read more trending news According to New York State Police, Zyvette Marquez-Rivera, 3, was found dead 'in a small body of water' about 11:43 p.m., nearly five hours after she was reported missing. Emergency crews, including an underwater rescue unit, responded to the park to look for the girl. The Monroe County Medical Examiners' Office will perform an autopsy on the child to determine her cause of death, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing.  If you have information about the case, call New York State Police at 585-398-4100. Read more here.
  • A New York man died unexpectedly while visiting the Dominican Republic last week, becoming the latest of at least 11 Americans who have died in the popular tourist destination since June 2018. According to Fox News, 56-year-old Vittorio Caruso, a recently retired pizzeria owner from Glen Cove, Long Island, died June 17 after he fell sick at Santo Domingo's Boca Chica Resort.  >> Read more trending news 'We found out he was brought by ambulance to the hospital in respiratory distress after drinking something,' Lisa Maria Caruso said of her brother-in-law, who had gone to the island nation alone. She said family members learned of Caruso's death via phone just minutes after officials had called to say he was sick, News 12 Long Island reported. However, Dominican Republic National Police told CNN that Caruso had begun 'receiving medical attention' six days earlier, on June 11. Caruso 'was not a sick person' and had been in good health, Lisa Maria Caruso told Fox News. A doctor said Caruso's cause of death was respiratory failure, but officials are still awaiting autopsy results, CNN reported.  Caruso's case appears to be similar to the other American deaths reported recently in the island nation. Most of the travelers died from respiratory failure, pulmonary edema and/or a heart attack, officials said. Some had taken drinks from a hotel minibar before falling ill, family members told multiple news outlets. According to CBS News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation 'is assisting Dominican authorities' as they look into the deaths. So far, investigators reportedly have not found any evidence that the incidents are connected.  'There are no mysterious deaths here,' Dominican Republic Tourism Minister Javier Garcia told Fox News. ''Mysterious' implies that things happened that science cannot explain.' Although the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory in April urging American tourists to 'exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime,' officials have not revised the notice to include any health warnings. In fact, the department said last week that it has 'not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizen deaths' in the popular vacation destination, ABC News reported. 'The overwhelming majority travel without incident,' a department spokesperson said of the 2.7 million Americans who go there each year.
  • Cardi B, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino and the late Nipsey Hussle won top honors at the 2019 BET Awards, held Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. >> Read more trending news Here's the complete list of winners:  Album of the year: Cardi B, 'Invasion of Privacy' Best new artist: Lil Baby Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B Best male hip-hop artist: Nipsey Hussle Coca-Cola viewers choice award: Ella Mai, 'Trip' Best collaboration: Travis Scott feat. Drake, 'Sicko Mode' Best international act: Burna Boy (Nigeria) Viewers' choice: Best new international act: ShoMadjozi (South Africa) Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyoncé Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars Young stars award: Marsai Martin Best group: Migos Video of the year: Childish Gambino, 'This Is America' Video director of the year: Karena Evans Best actress: Regina King Best actor: Michael B. Jordan Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award: Snoop Dogg feat. Rance Allen, 'Blessing Me Again' Sportsman of the year: Stephen Curry Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams BET HER award: H.E.R., 'Hard Place' Best movie: 'BlacKkKlansman' Lifetime achievement award: Mary J. Blige Ultimate icon award: Tyler Perry Humanitarian award: Nipsey Hussle
  • Plans to develop thousands of acres of Ohio farmland to take advantage of the sun’s energy — but not for growing food — have divided area rural communities. >> Read more trending news  Solar energy development companies are seeking approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board for construction of large solar farms in the state’s rural areas. Some land owners have agreed to long-term leases with solar companies, while their neighbors who oppose the massive electric-generating facilities are hoping to stop the projects from going forward. The recent increase in solar arrays in Ohio is partially because solar power technology has improved to make it more competitive with other energy sources, according to Doug Herling, director of business development at Open Road Renewables. >> Related: Greene landowners concerned over potential solar farm “Until recently, solar did not make sense in Ohio,” Herling said. “The technology is vastly more efficient and can now compete with wind and coal. It comes down to the economy of producing power. We can’t build one of these if it’s not competitive on the power market.” Open Road Renewables has applied to install two solar arrays in Preble County. A grassroots effort is underway to try to block the projects. Among residents opposing the projects is Rachel Vonderhaar, who farms thousands of acres as a family business. Vonderhaar questions the transparency of the process, saying few people took notice of the flyer that came in the mail two weeks prior to the first public meeting. “When it comes to transparency, there’s a real problem with how the system operates,” Vonderhaar said. “Two weeks before a meeting is not enough notice for someone to figure out what their rights are, let alone to participate, to prevent an application from being submitted.” >>Trending: Cops pose as utility workers to catch distracted drivers Daniel Sawmiller, Ohio’s energy policy director for the Natural Resource Defense Council, said solar is becoming more prevalent in Ohio as coal plants are shutting down. Sawmiller, who was formerly with the Sierra Club, said he worked on the settlement with American Electric Power, which resulted in a commitment by AEP to add 900 megawatts of renewable energy sources, including 400 megawatts from solar power. Projects in Highland and Brown counties, where the local economy has been hit hard by the decline in the coal industry, are a direct result of that settlement, Sawmiller said. Sawmiller said adding solar and other renewable energy sources to the grid will ultimately result in “lower wholesale energy prices,” which leads to lower electric rates for consumers. Solar farms as big as a lake Six solar electric generation facilities have been approved in four Ohio counties, amounting to 12,573 acres, according to records on file with the Ohio Power Siting Board. By comparison, Grand Lake St. Marys is 13,500 acres across Mercer and Auglaize counties. Three proposed projects are pending approval by the OPSB, including two in Preble County that would occupy about 1,800 acres of farmland, according to records. >> Trending: 7 motorcycle riders killed in fiery crash identified; range in age from 42 to 62 The three pending applications were filed with the state in December 2018; among the approved projects, the first application was in March 2017 for approximately 1,200 acres in Vinton County, according to the records. Greene County property owners near Yellow Springs and Cedarville have also been approached about lease agreements for a solar farm there. Open Road Renewables is an Austin, Texas-based company that has applied for the two solar projects in Preble County, called Alamo and Angelina. Herling said the solar arrays proposed in Preble County would result in $1.7 million annual tax revenue, $9,000 per megawatt generated, that would benefit the county, school district and other taxing jurisdictions. ‘Animosities with neighbors’ Concerned Citizens of Preble County is a grassroots effort aimed at stopping the projects. The group of residents who live or own land near the proposed sites say they were not aware of the projects until late last year, despite representatives from Open Road Renewables beginning talks with local officials and land owners years earlier. The group has myriad concerns beyond what they said will be negative effects on the aesthetics of their farming community and their property values. Among the group is Joe DeLuca, former superintendent of Eaton schools. DeLuca said he’s always been an admirer of solar power, but it’s concerning when out-of-state companies looking to make a profit on large projects can go to the state level for approval and not worry about local opposition. >> Trending: Exonerated 5, formerly Central Park 5, bring crowd to their feet at BET Awards “The big picture for me: why would anyone want to take some of the best productive farm land in the state or anywhere and put solar panels on it to take it out of production?” DeLuca said. In Oregon, a commission for land conservation and development has implemented a temporary ban on installing solar arrays on prime farmland. Resident Marja Brandly’s home on Fairhaven College Corner Road is surrounded by hundreds of acres used for growing soy beans and corn. Brandly, who is the fifth generation to inherit the property, pointed to the horizon where one of the proposed solar arrays would be within sight. “It really has torn us apart and created animosities with neighbors, because we feel by their secrecy and not letting the rest of us know that they really set out to knife us in the back,” Brandly said. “If these same people had come to us two years ago, I would have had a lot more respect for their openness and forthrightness. Now, nobody trusts them. We don’t want them on our property … That’s how far down the relationship has descended.” Greene County next? The groundwork preparing for other potential solar farms is also happening in the state before any official applications are filed. The Dayton Daily News reported in May about farmers in Greene County who are being solicited for lease agreements by a law firm working on behalf of Australia-based Lendlease, which has plans to install solar arrays on more than a thousand acres around Yellow Springs and Cedarville. Greene County resident Mark Pinkerton said he is bothered by what he described as the sneaky way in which solar development companies are securing lease agreements. Pinkerton said he also questions the efficiencies espoused by solar array proponents after he invested in a project that wasn’t profitable in Colorado. “Certainly there needs to be some land use policies put in place. There needs to be public hearings ahead of time,” Pinkerton said. “I want people to use the land how they feel is appropriate, but those of us who have invested in the community want to protect our investment and property as well.” Cedarville resident Ryanne Rinaldi, an environmental biology and chemistry student at Grace College, said a neighbor’s field behind her family’s home is one of the areas where the solar array would be installed. She said her research has given her concerns for the toxins that are inside the solar panels, the impact to wildlife and the environment. “This will ultimately reduce our property value, and we won’t be able to either sell or enjoy the space that we live in anymore,” Rinaldi said. >> Trending: SEE: Hot air balloon crash-lands into crowd at Missouri festival Lendlease has not submitted a formal application with OPSB. Messages left with the company have not been returned. Approval, but no construction yet The OPSB technical staff has recommended approval of the Preble County projects, with conditions, according to Matt Schilling, spokesman for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Though the power siting board has approved six projects in the state, no construction has begun on any of them, Schilling said. An evidentiary hearing is scheduled July 26 for the projects in Preble County. The Preble solar projects could come up for the state board’s consideration before the end of the year, according to Schilling. State approval is required of energy projects that produce 50 or more megawatts. By comparison, the village of Yellow Springs’ solar array sits on a little more than 6 acres and is designed to produce 1 megawatt of power. Ohio House Bill 6 has passed the Ohio House of Representatives and could come up for a Senate vote this week. If the bill becomes law, electric rates for Ohio consumers would be raised to pay for subsidies on two nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions as well as two coal-fired plants owned by Ohio Valley Electric Corp. >> Trending: Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak jumps into crowded Democratic primary The proposed legislation also seeks to remove existing renewable energy and energy efficiency standards established since 2008. Proponents of HB 6, including Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance, say it’s needed to keep jobs from disappearing with the closure of two nuclear power plants within the next two years. Opponents, including Americans for Prosperity, say the bill is a bailout for the company operating the nuclear power plants, First Energy Solutions, which filed for bankruptcy protection last year.