PLAYER NEWS: Free agent G Mike Wilks is the latest veteran to be added to the training camp invitees list. The Hawks are also in talks with veteran G Carlos Arroyo. They are in need of a possible third point guard behind Mike Bibby and Jeff Teague.
Another veteran worth keeping an eye on is Jerry Stackhouse. He's been in the gym daily during these informal pickup games and sessions on the track. Stackhouse is just the kind of veteran swingman the Hawks need to mentor Marvin Williams.
--F Marvin Williams said he spent his summer trying to heal up and polish his skills. But he's definitely coming to camp in shape and ready to play. "The biggest thing for me was getting my body back healthy. I was running hills and pulling the sled, working on my explosiveness and endurance both. You have to grind like that all summer. You have to do it. You'd be foolish to come into camp out of shape. And that's anybody's camp."
--C Randolph Morris has worked as hard as any player this summer to get ready for this season. Whether or not it impresses Hawks coach Mike Woodson is the question. But no one can argue that Morris didn't put in the work. He shed some 60 pounds this summer. "The work I did was both mental and physical," he said. "I was trying to get myself where I needed to be mentally and physically for the long season. It was really a two-pronged approach for me this summer like it is every summer. It was about working to get myself in the best shape possible for the upcoming season while also realizing that the guys that last in the NBA are the ones that take the best care of their bodies. The guys that have the longest careers are the ones that you see in the gym in the dead of summer, when there are no cameras and no fans around. That's where the real work is done."
--G Jeff Teague has earned some respect from his new teammates, including some from an unlikely place. "Teague is going to make things really interesting," said Hawks F Marvin Williams, a North Carolina man not prone to praising an ACC rival (Wake Forest for Teague). "I just love that he's been here all this time. It's a clear indicator of where his mind is in terms of what he has to do this season. That's the kind of attitude you want to see in a rookie or anybody else when they are coming into a new team."
Jeff Teague, G, 6-1, Wake Forest (first round) -- The Hawks had to have a young point guard added to the mix with the loss of Acie Law IV. And in a draft dripping with point guard talent, Teague could prove to be a steal at 19.
Sergiy Gladyr, G, 6-5, Ukraine (second round) -- Hawks fans will have to search YouTube for clips of Gladyr the next couple of years, because the sweet shooting guard is likely to remain in Europe to develop.