Speculation that James Anderson had signed with the Atlanta Hawks based off a Danny Green tweet turned out to be slightly inaccurate after all. According to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Anderson received a camp invite, not a guaranteed contract.
Anderson will have the opportunity to earn a contract through his play in camp. While his numbers were less than impressive last year in San Antonio, injuries and emerging players like Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal prevented him from seeing any significant time on the court. He’s a reliable spot-up shooter who can play both the two and the three, and has the makings of a good defender, although he’s yet to prove anything on either side of the floor. If he is able to overcome his injuries and inconsistencies, there is a good chance that he finds himself playing for the Hawks when November roles around.
Hawks GM Danny Ferry, who just a few months ago was Vice President of Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs, must have been impressed with Anderson’s time there in some capacity. Whether it was work ethic, potential, or whatever else, Ferry likely wouldn’t have offered him even a camp invite if he didn’t think there was anything Anderson could offer the team, especially after seeing his developments and setbacks over his first few years in the NBA.