This might be a new team record.
The Atlanta Hawks have assigned shooting guard Jared Cunningham to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League for the fourth time this season. Only 47 NBA games have been played thus far.
The move was announced on Tuesday by Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry via an official news release.
The second-year shooting guard was first assigned to Bakersfield on November 12 and re-called on December 6, then re-assigned on December 16 and re-called again on December 29. His third assignment with the Jam last from January 1-23. Now he’s going back for a fourth stint.
Cunningham has averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 17 games with the Jam this season. He only scored two points through five games with the Hawks. His lone basket occurred during garbage time of a blowout victory in Milwaukee on January 25.
The timing of Cunningham’s demotion is a bit strange as the Hawks could use healthy players.
Third-string shooting guard John Jenkins was lost for the remainder of the season after having back surgery on Monday. All-star center Al Horford is also done for the year after suffering a torn right pectoral muscle on December 26. Replacement center Pero Antic went down with a stress fracture after the London game on January 16 against Brooklyn and will still be sidelined for the next two weeks. The only addition the team made is when they re-signed wingman Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract on February 1.
Atlanta’s backcourt is the healthy portion of their roster, and is a bit crowded, so that’s probably the reason for Cunningham’s re-assignment.
The Hawks already have a bevy of guards with Jeff Teague, Lou Williams, Shelvin Mack and rookie Dennis Schroder, as well as sharpshooter Kyle Korver starting at shooting guard, although he could play small forward in needed. If Cunningham and a healthy Jenkins were there too, the Hawks would have seven guards for only two available spots.