Harlem native Royal Ivey was waived by the Atlanta Hawks today, announced President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry via an official news release.
Ivey was a training camp invite of the Hawks with a non-guaranteed contract and was competing with Shelvin Mack for a third-string point guard position. Mack, who has been with Atlanta since March and also has a non-guaranteed contract, won out as the 31-year-old Ivey was released.
Mack was signed to two consecutive 10-day contracts by the Hawks in early March and was later signed on the 26th for the remainder of the season. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 assists in 13.4 minutes over 20 games with Atlanta last year. During the preseason, Mack appeared in four games averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 assists per game. He will remain with a non-guaranteed contract until the deal becomes fully guaranteed on January 10th.
Ivey previously played in Atlanta for three seasons after the Hawks selected him with a second-round draft pick in 2004. He’s also played for the Bucks, 76ers and Thunder throughout his nine-year career. During the preseason, Ivey appeared in three games averaging 3.7 points and 2.6 assists per game.
With Ivey gone, the Hawks roster is reduced to 16 players. They must cut at least one more player by Monday at 5 p.m. The last two training camp invites left are forwards Eric Dawson and Cartier Martin.
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