The depleted Atlanta Hawks have recalled second-year shooting guard Jared Cunning from the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League for the fourth time this season to help fill out their worn-down roster.
The move was announced Friday morning by President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry via an official news release.
Cunningham, who was most recently re-assigned to the Jam on February 4, has averaged 16.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in 22 contests with Bakersfield this season. He only scored two points through five games with the Hawks overall. His lone basket occurred during garbage time of a blowout victory in Milwaukee on January 25.
Cunningham 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 completed a fourth tour, which lasted from February 4-21.
The move to recall Cunningham comes as no surprise as the injury-riddled Hawks just need a person who can lace up a pair of kicks and sit on the bench. The team only had nine available players Wednesday night against Washington — not including starting small forward DeMarre Carroll who missed his second straight game with a hamstring strain or backup center Gustavo Ayon — and that number shrunk when starting point guard Jeff Teague left the game in the fourth quarter after spraining his ankle.
Since then, Atlanta has waived Cartier Martin and made a trade with the Clippers for 37-year-old veteran Antwan Jamison. However, the team is expected to buyout Jamison and re-sign Martin for the remainder of the season. It’s a weird situation, but, as usual, money was the motive.
Cunningham will be available to play tonight when the Hawks visit old friend Josh Smith and the Detroit Pistons.
Carroll and Teague made the trip to Detroit but it’s unclear if they’ll play as they’re both considered “game-time decisions.”
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