Hawks release Damion James and James Anderson


The Atlanta Hawks waived Damion James and James Anderson on Thursday, cutting the roster to 14 players to start the season.

James and Anderson, both former first round picks, were signed to non-guaranteed, one-year deals over the summer. They had the opportunity to play their way onto the team through a strong preseason, but neither looked polished enough to make the final cut.

James, a former Texas Longhorn, averaged 6.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in the preseason. In two regular seasons with New Jersey, he averaged 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Anderson averaged 2.0 points per game this preseason and 3.7 points in two injury-riddled years with the San Antonio Spurs.

James looked strong early in the preseason, but seemed to taper off as time went on. Anderson, on the other hand, never looked comfortable in Atlanta’s offense and failed to produce much of anything when given opportunities.

The Hawks are keeping their one remaining roster spot open, giving them the flexibility to sign a player over the course of the season if a specific need arises.

Anthony Tolliver, who was also signed to a non-guranteed, one year deal, made the opening day roster.

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