Said Horford: “He’s tough. He brings toughness. He can defend. He never makes excuses. He can shoot the ball pretty well from the 3-point line. He’s a guy who is all about winning. You want to surround yourself with those type of players.”
Said Teague: “He’s a great player, a great guy. It’s good to have him around again. I learned a lot from him. He’s somebody I can always lean on. He was nothing but a great teammate when he was here with me.”
Hawks players breathed a sigh of relief Friday that the trade deadline is over and gone are the many distractions that accompanied the nerve-wracking day on the NBA calendar. Now, they can concentrate on the stretch run.
“I’m sure the whole NBA is glad that it’s over with,” Paul Millsap said of the deadline. “I think we’ve made some good changes. Obviously, losing Shelvin hurts us all but I think he’s moving on to better things for himself. Adding Kirk Hinrich is great. I think we are moving in the right direction. I look forward to a great second half of the season.”