The Atlanta Hawks waived forward Eric Dawson Saturday afternoon, effectively trimming their roster down to the regular-season maximum of 15 players.
The move was announced earlier today by President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry via an official news release.
Ferry & Co. had to have the roster in check by 5:00 p.m. Monday, the deadline for all NBA opening day rosters to be set.
Dawson was one of two training camp invites remaining on the Hawks’ roster, Cartier Martin being the other.
Dawson got very little action in exhibition play, appearing in three games averaging 3.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per contest. Meanwhile, his competition for back small forward Cartier Martin was signed to a “non-fully” guaranteed deal three games into the preseason; one day after the Hawks waived David Lighty, Adonis Thomas and Damien Wilkins; and still played in the same amount of games as Dawson. Martin averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per contest over a three-game span.
With Dawson waived, and the regular-season roster quota now satisfied, the Hawks are seemingly done making cuts and will open the season with their current 15, although only 12 contracts are fully guaranteed. Martin, Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott do not have fully guaranteed deals. If the players remain on the roster past January 7th, the contracts become fully guaranteed on January 10th.