Hawks Rumors: Brand, Johnson, Carroll

The Hawks had a roster makeover this offseason that included the acquisition of former Jazz big man Paul Millsap.  The forward views this as a brand new chapter in his career and isn’t interested in being compared to Josh Smith.  “I don’t really try to compare myself to anybody else,” Millsap told Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld this week. “We’re two different players and two different people. I’ll be myself and I know the things I’m capable of doing. When we get out there, I can shoot the basketball, be very energetic and rebound. There are some of the same similarities, but [we’re] different.”  More out of Hotlanta..

  • Forward Elton Brand says that he has no plans to retire at the end of the season, writes HoopsWorld’s Lang Greene.  Brand signed a one-year, $4MM deal with Atlanta this summer after seeing the lowest minutes per game average of his career last season.  Brand will be playing behind fellow newcomer Millsap and Al Horford.
  • James Johnson chose a non-guaranteed two-year deal with Atlanta over several offers from overseas, Greene writes.  Johnson has career averages of 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in stints with the Bulls, Raptors, and Kings. 
  • Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is happy to have an opportunity to start this season, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes.  The small forward is in his fifth season with his fifth NBA team.


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