The agreement between the Atlanta Hawks and free-agent Thabo Sefolosha was reported all the way back on July 3. However, there were plenty of reasons to wait for putting pen to paper, and now that the market has all but dried up, the Hawks have officially announced the acquisition.
“Thabo is an unselfish, competitive and playoff-tested player, and does many things well on both sides of the ball,” GM Danny Ferry said in an official press release. “He also fills a need, giving us more size and depth at the wing position. He’s been a part of winning programs and will fit our culture well.”
Sefolosha shot over 41 percent from beyond the arc two of the last three seasons, and in an offense like the Hawks’ his contributions have the potential to be maximized. He is also a good defender, and the ability to play both the shooting guard and small forward means he could see a lot of minutes.
Atlanta officially acquired Sefolosha in a sign-and-trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder to make the transaction a win for both teams.
In the trade, the Hawks got the defensive-minded swingman they coveted along with draft rights to Giorgos Printezis in exchange for the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis. The Thunder also created a $4 million trade exception from the deal.
Printezis was originally selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the second-round (58th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft, but has yet to make the trip overseas to the NBA and currently plays in Greece for Olympiacos Piraeus.
Schortsanitis was originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second-round (34th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft, and like Printezis, has never made the journey stateside to the NBA. He currently plays in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Atlanta had acquired his draft rights on July 30, 2012 in a sign-and-trade transaction for Willie Green. Now, the Hawks have dealt Schortsanitis’ rights to OKC.