Damien Wilkins, center, was one of three players waived by the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta Hawks Waive Lighty, Thomas and Wilkins

The Atlanta Hawks have waived David Lighty, Adonis Thomas and Damien Wilkins. The cuts were announced by President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry earlier today via an official news release.

All three players were non-roster training camp invites.

Going into yesterday’s preseason game against the Pelicans, the Hawks still had the maximum 20 players on their preseason roster. Cuts were imminent as Atlanta must trim their opening day roster down to a maximum of 15 players by Monday, Oct. 28.

Lighty and Thomas appeared in one game each for the Hawks during preseason, while Wilkins played in two. None of the three played in the preseason opener last Monday against the Heat in Miami.

Lighty and Wilkins saw court time in Tuesday’s game against the Bobcats. Lighty played 10 minutes and was 0-of-2 shooting, while Wilkins saw 15 minutes and scored 4 points — he was 0-of-6 from the field but made all four of his foul shots.

Wilkins got the starting nod at small forward in yesterday’s loss to New Orleans as he replaced DeMarre Carroll, playing 16 minutes and finishing with three points — he was 0-of-3 from the field but made 3-of-4 free-throws.

Thomas got his first action of the preseaon during yesterday’s game, playing 11 minutes and finishing with two points. Following the game, Thomas tweeted “Played in my first NBA game today and got a bucket. Could have shot it better, but the feeling of being out there was incredible.”

Atlanta’s training camp roster now stands at 17. Two more cuts will have to be made before the deadline in the next two weeks to get the Hawks down to 15. However, they may trim the roster down to 14 players and leave one spot open for flexibility purposes of signing players to 10-day contracts later in the season.

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