Hawks look to build chemistry after more turnover

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm •  Published: October 1, 2013
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Keeping Teague was perhaps the most significant move of the offseason, given he was coming off a year with career highs in points (14.6 a game) and assists (7.2).

The Hawks didn't do much else with all that cap space. They re-signed Korver, brought in forward Paul Millsap with a relatively cheap two-year deal for $19 million, and bulked up the bench with aging Elton Brand.

Center Al Horford now has the longest tenure on the team, heading into his seventh season with the Hawks.

"It's weird," he said. "I started with a big group of guys here. It's hard to believe that it's just me from that original group I came in with. It's a new chapter."

Horford was hoping the Hawks would do more in free agency, and was especially keen on the idea of the team landing another center so he could spend more time at strong forward, which has always been viewed as his more natural position. Even though that didn't happen, he's willing to let Ferry's blueprint for the franchise play out.

"It wasn't 100 percent like I wanted, but at the end of the day I believe in Danny and his vision for where he wants to go," Horford said. "Jeff Teague was the most important thing, to get him back here. He's going to get a lot better and I'm happy to see that he's here."

While Horford looks like the undisputed leader, and even agreed with a reporter's assessment that it's his team, Budenholzer is intent of building the sort of team-first philosophy that worked so well during his long tenure as an assistant in San Antonio.

"I feel like the foundation is being laid," Korver said. "It started last year, and they're going to try to start building up this year for what their real vision is for the Hawks."

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