Stephen Holt has decided that the NBA may not be in his best interest.
The former St. Mary’s guard has elected to sign with a German team to play professionally overseas, according to Atlanta Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore.
Hawks summer league participant Stephen Holt will play in Germany. Had an opportunity to go to training camp with Hawks. #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) July 30, 2014
The news about Holt’s decision to play overseas comes shortly after the Hawks decided to give him an invite to participate in training camp.
Holt played for Atlanta in the Las Vegas Summer League and had a solid showcase, averaging 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. He was even able to take the starting job in Summer League play from Hawks second-round draft pick Lamar Patterson.
If Holt’s decision was more motivated by playing time rather than league prestige, he will certainly find himself more happy in Germany.
Atlanta has a crowded backcourt with the return of Shelvin Mack, free-agent signings of Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha, and John Jenkins’ return from injury. Had Holt decided to go to the Hawks’ training camp, which starts in October, and made the team, he would be struggling to find minutes. So this is actually a smart move on Holt’s part.
According to his agent, Holt has expressed interest in playing with Atlanta next year in training camp.
For now, all Hawks fans can do is wish Stephen Holt the best of luck with his team in Germany.