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Atlanta Hawks Waive Cartier Martin

The Atlanta Hawks have parted ways with Cartier Martin and requested waivers on the 29-year-old forward.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein, later confirmed by AJC beat writer Chris Vivlamore, and then made clear in an official Atlanta Hawks press release.

Martin was signed out of training camp on a non-guaranteed minimum salary deal that would have become fully guaranteed for the rest of the season after Tuesday’s 5pm deadline.

Martin, a six-year NBA veteran who has bounced around the NBA, D-League and overseas, went undrafted in 2007 coming out of Kansas State University.

Martin manned the small forward spot for the Hawks and averaged 6.6 points and two rebounds in 25 games this season as a defensive specialist. In recent weeks, he has battled injuries and has not found much playing time, which are most likely the biggest factors in his release. He will spend two days on the waiver wires, and if no one chooses to pick him up, he will be cleared to sign with any team he chooses, including Atlanta again.

It leaves the Hawks with an open roster spot and a weak wing core. In recent weeks, we have seen the 6’2″ Lou Williams join Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll at the small forward position in three guard lineups, so this may continue as the Hawks look for other options, although Mike Scott is an internal option to see more time at the small forward.

Teams are now able to sign players to 10 day contracts, so the recently released Hedo Turkoglu and others such as Andrew Bynum may get a look from the Hawks’ front office for the 15th roster spot.

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