Former Buckeye David Lighty will be another non-roster training camp player as he accepted an invite from the Atlanta Hawks.
The news was first reported earlier in the summer by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, and confirmed yesterday by Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lighty, 25, played college ball at Ohio State from 2006-11, but went undrafted despite being ranked as Chad Ford’s 64th-best prospect in that 2011 rookie class (insider). He’s played overseas since then, most recently for JSF Nanterre in France’s LNB Pro A League. This past season, he averaged 12.5 points per game while shooting 42.5% on three-point attempts. The 6’6” shooting guard went on to win the French Pro with Nanterre and was named MVP of the Finals.
The Hawks currently have 14 players on their roster, including the non-guaranteed contracts of second-year forward Mike Scott and point guard Shelvin Mack. Last season, Atlanta ended training camp with just 14 players because GM Danny Ferry preferred having the flexibility of an open roster spot.
NBA D-League veteran forward Eric Dawson was also extended an invitation to the Hawks’ training camp, which he accepted.
It appears as if Ferry wants just 14 players on the roster again this season, and is bringing in Dawson and Lighty to compete with Scott and Mack for the final two roster spots, although this is just my speculation.
Atlanta will begin training camp for the upcoming season in October. The first preseason game is October 7 at Miami.
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