The Hawks traded Mack to the Jazz at the NBA trade deadline last month, honoring a request from the Mack camp to find a place where the point guard wouldn’t be buried on the bench. In Atlanta, Mack played in just 24 games as he was stuck behind starter Jeff Teague and backup Dennis Schroder.
“I think everybody knows we have strong feelings for Shelvin,” Budenholzer said Tuesday morning in advance of a game at the Jazz. “We want good things for him. Probably not tonight. If he didn’t show up it would be OK with us. He is a great player, a great young man who we enjoyed. Happy he is getting an opportunity and taking advantage of it.”