The Atlanta Hawks have picked up the third-year contract option on second-year shooting guard John Jenkins, but declined to do the same for fellow second-year shooting guard Jared Cunningham, reports Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Hawks organization confirmed the good news on Jenkins when President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry made the announcement via an official news release late Thursday night.
The back up 2-guard did not appear in the season opener in Dallas on Wednesday night as he’s coming off a lingering lower back injury, and also missed majority of the preseason with back spasms.
He averaged 6.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game throughout 61 appearances last season as a rookie, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 84.3 percent from the foul line.
Those numbers ranked Jenkins fifth among all rookies in three-point percentage, 18th in scoring and 19th in assists per game.
Atlanta drafted the sharpshooter from Vanderbilt University in the first-round of the 2012 draft with the 23rd overall pick.
Cunningham, who was drafted one slot behind Jenkins, was acquired by the Hawks via a trade on draft night 2013 with the Dallas Mavericks, along with the 16th and 44th overall picks in exchange for Atlanta’s 18th overall selection.
Since the Hawks declined to exercise Cunningham’s option, he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Since the Hawks elected to pick up Jenkins’ option, he will make $1.31 million next season.