James averaged 4.9 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Nets last year, but his career has been hampered by injury thus far. James, who is a true small forward, fits the mold of the defensive minded wing player that Danny Ferry was searching for. The Hawks had been rumored to be in touch with several up-and-coming wing players such as Derrick Brown, but seem to have decided on giving James a shot in camp.
The former Texas Longhorn James was drafted 24th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2010 NBA Draft before being traded later that night to the then Brooklyn Nets for Jordan Crawford, the 27th pick.
It’s worth noting that Atlanta has invited fellow 2010 NBA Draftee James Anderson to training camp, who is also on a non-guaranteed contract. Once seen as the potential filler of the then vacant off-the-bench small forward position, Anderson’s chances of making the team are now in serious question. The Hawks have only 1 remaining roster spot after signing this year’s 2nd round pick Mike Scott to a guaranteed 2-year deal, and it will likely be taken by either Anderson, James, or possibly even the Hawks’ 2011 2nd round pick, Keith Benson.