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Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk on Thursday described coach Mike Budenholzer’s exit as ”harmonious” and ”as mutual as parting can be.”

Schlenk also said the decision Adidas Wayne Simmonds Jersey , finalized and announced late Wednesday , came after many discussions with Budenholzer and was not based on just one factor.

”It’s not one thing,” Schlenk said. ”It was just the course of several conversations we just felt like this was best for him and his career and the right time for the Hawks for where we are.”

Added Schlenk: ”It was kind of we felt the right time for both of us to go separate directions. It wasn’t negative on either side. It was just time for both of us to move forward.”

Budenholzer helped to pave his path out of Atlanta by expressing interest in coaching other teams.

Schlenk said he still believed at the end of the season, when the Hawks finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, that Budenholzer would remain the team’s coach. Then Budenholzer received permission to interview with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks .

Budenholzer withdrew his name from consideration with the Suns and remains a candidate with the Knicks.

With Budenholzer seeking employment from at least two other teams, it was increasingly difficult for the Hawks to serve as the coach’s safety net.

The Hawks, with the blessing of majority owner Tony Ressler, finally decided it was best to find a new coach. The decision came even though ending the relationship with Budenholzer, who had two years remaining on his contract, ended the team’s chance to receive compensation if he is hired by another team.

”Obviously Tony is involved in all the decisions,” Schlenk said. ”We made the decision that was best for us instead of waiting and seeing what might happen. But certainly we had his blessing.”

Schlenk said he will look for a new coach who can work with a young, rebuilding team.

”One of the things that’s most important is having a coach who’s going to connect with our young players, continue to develop our young players, so that’s going to be a big part of it,” he said.

Budenholzer was 213-192 in the regular season and 17-22 in the playoffs in five seasons with Atlanta. The Hawks were an Eastern Conference-worst 24-58 this season, ending the team’s streak of 10 consecutive playoff appearances.

The high point in Budenholzer’s five years with the Hawks came in the 2014-15 season, when the Hawks set a franchise record with 60 wins. He was named NBA coach of the year after the Hawks’ first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.

Budenholzer was given more authority with the title of president of basketball operations, but he gave up that position when Schlenk was hired as general manager in 2017. Schlenk said the two maintained a positive relationship.

Schlenk said he already had a list of potential candidates to replace Budenholzer and will consider candidates with experience as a head coach or just as an assistant.

Schlenk said he hopes to have the new coach hired before the NBA draft on June 21, and ”ideally” before the team conducts workouts with draft prospects.

The Hawks have a chance to obtain the No. 1 overall pick when the NBA draft lottery is held on May 15 in Chicago. Barring a trade, Atlanta will have three first-round picks. Schlenk said he would like for the new coach to have input on those draft decisions.

Schlenk said Budenholzer’s exit won’t change the team’s rebuilding effort .

”We’re going to continue to develop our young players,” he said. ”We’re going to continue to develop through the draft. We’re going to continue to look to gather assets and maintain our financial flexibility. This doesn’t change our plan at all.”



As far as the Broncos are concerned, Adam "Pacman" Jones brings experience and energy to Denver but none of the baggage from a long list of run-ins with the law and the league.

The Broncos signed Jones to a one-year Aaron Rodgers Jersey , $1,015,000 deal over the weekend to bolster their banged-up secondary and their punt return unit.

Although Jones' background includes two dozen games lost to suspension over his 11-year NFL career, coach Vance Joseph vouched for Jones' character as a player and as a person Monday.

"I've coached him for two seasons and his football character is A-plus," said Joseph, who tutored Jones during his best seasons in 2014 and 2015. "He was a team captain for us. He made a Pro Bowl for me. He's great in meetings, he's great in the locker room, he's a great leader. He's played a long time in this league.

"Now, personal character, we all know the background. He would even acknowledge as a young guy he made some mistakes. But he's paid for every mistake he's made," Joseph said. "I mean, this guy has been through a lot in this life, and obviously it was his own doings. But he's paid for those mistakes.

"He's matured, he's a married (father) of three and he wants to win football games. So, he's here to help us win football games."

Jones said he's come to terms with his past transgressions, suggesting "you learn from your mistakes and move on" while also confronting them head-on.

"God has blessed me with so many opportunities and I'm one of the ones who doesn't mind telling kids and people about my stories and the mistakes I've made," Jones said. "I don't have no shield. My life is a glass life. It's nothing that I'm hiding from nobody."

Jones said his focus now is on football and family .

"And I have three beautiful kids. That's what life is about for me now," Jones said. "I'm about to turn 35 and the best thing I can do right now is at least win a playoff game, you know? I haven't won a playoff game. I've been in the league 12 years. So, I'm just trying to win a playoff game and help these guys as much as I can."

"We have a talented group of guys here in the backfield, all around the team. So, I'm not here to try to take no shine. I promise you guys that. I'm here to help and lead in the best way I can."

Joseph said Jones' addition fills two needs Youth Rashaad Penny Jersey , as a fourth cornerback and a punt returner.

He said he met with general manager John Elway and they determined that they needed help in both areas, "and there was one guy that fit the bill. I mean, he solves two issues."

The sixth overall pick of the 2005 draft by the Tennessee Titans, Jones had been out of the NFL since March when the Cincinnati Bengals declined to pick up his $5.5 million contract option after his 2017 season was cut short by a groin injury.

He said he never lost hope that he'd continue his pro career that also included a stop in Dallas in 2008.

"No, I was never worried," Jones said. "That's why I kept working out. But as you saw today, if you're going to be working at mile high, you've got to work out at mile high."

The Broncos traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the Rams in the offseason and signed veteran free agent Tremaine Brock. Jones' addition was welcome news to star Chris Harris Jr., who said Jones "knows what's going on out there on the field, he's played in this system, he knows the checks, he knows everything about it."

Although Jones said he should get up to speed by the season opener against Seattle on Sept. 9, he had a tough time adjusting to the altitude at his first practice.

"Hard to breathe around here," Jones said. "But all in all, I feel good."

Joseph was non-committal about whether Jones or safety Su'a Cravens, who returned to practice Monday after missing most of training camp with a sore knee, will play at Arizona in the Broncos' exhibition finale Thursday night.

Jones' arrival could spell trouble for cornerback Brendan Langley and punt returner Isaiah McKenzie, two members of last year's draft class who are on the roster bubble.

Nose tackle Domata Peko, who played with Jones in Cincinnati, gave him a tour of team headquarters before practice.

"He's someone that on Sunday you want him on your team," Peko said.
 
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