“(The buyout market) is 100 percent a consideration,” Budenholzer said. “You look at that list. A little bit of the hard part of the buyout market is you don’t know until March 1. You do as much homework as possible. You do as much research as possible. You put those names on the board. Are you going to prefer one of those? You run some risk of either losing a Lamar or Ryan. Or just because a guy is bought out doesn’t mean he necessarily is going to choose you. You weigh all those things together, and we felt like our opinion and strength of conviction with Lamar and Ryan was such that we wanted to go ahead and sign them now.”
Of note: The Hawks-Cavaliers game on March 3 will move to 7 p.m. and be televised by ESPN, the NBA announced Friday. The network will no longer televise the Heat-Magic game as originally scheduled.