AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks have cleaned out their lockers, met with the coaches, and headed off for summer vacation.
The players were at Philips Arena on Thursday for their final meetings after a historic 60-win season. Even though it ended with a four-game blowout by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference final, no one was hanging their heads two days after the final contest.
They all look at this season as a turning point for the long-overlooked franchise, a year that changed expectations inside and outside the organization.
Coach Mike Budenholzer says "continuity" is the key to building on the Hawks' success and made it clear that re-signing free agents Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll will be his top priority. The team should have the necessary salary cap space.
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