Atlanta Hawks second-round draft pick Walter Tavares won’t be suiting up in an NBA uniform in 2014-15, instead it’s “very likely” the 7-foot-3 center will return to Spain next season, reports Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.
There’s simply no room on the Hawks’ roster for Tavares, whose nickname is “Edy”, so he’s better off returning to Spain to play another season for Gran Canaria of the ACB League, where he’ll be able to see more court time and continue developing his game.
“The good thing about going overseas, I will definitely play there,” Tavares told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I will play a lot of minutes and continue to improve my game and get more experience toward the next step of being (in the NBA).”
Tavares, a native of Cape Verde, averaged 6.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game last season in Spain.
Tavares was with the Hawks in July for NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas and had a solid showcase, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 16.8 minutes per game through six games.
Despite being just 22-years-old and only playing the game of basketball for four years, the 7’3″ center is very skilled and will only get better as time goes on.
Who knows, if he has a stellar season in Spain, Tavares might find himself on the Hawks’ roster when the 2015-16 season rolls around.