Atlanta Hawks: 5 Unorthodox Free Agents Team Could Sign

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Wenyen Gabriel, Restricted Free Agent

Rawle Alkins, Restricted Free Agent

Lastly, we’ll finish up this list with two rookies that were signed to Two-Way contracts last year and will be restricted free agents this offseason: Wenyen Gabriel of the Sacramento Kings and Rawle Alkins of the Chicago Bulls.

Both Alkins and Gabriel went undrafted last offseason after interesting, if underwhelming college careers. Gabriel played two seasons at Kentucky and Alkins played seasons at Arizona – the latter of which was injury-plagued despite being alongside undrafted (but talented) rookie Allonzo Trier and #1 overall pick Deandre Ayton.

Alkins has a thick frame and flashed some shooting ability in his college career and Gabriel was more of an athletic, switchable big/wing hybrid.

Both players have played upwards of 40 games for their respective G-League clubs on their two-way contracts, and, for the most part, Gabriel has outplayed Alkins. With good size (6-foot-9, 220 pounds) Gabriel has shown solid offensive and defensive chops.

Alkins, despite some flashes of brilliance, such as this dunk in the Pac-12 tournament last year, has only slashed 44/31/61 in his G-League career. Gabriel, to his credit, is shooting 49/36/74 in 5 less minutes per game than Alkins.

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Either way, both players should be on the Atlanta Hawks radar as Two-Way players. Gabriel, in particular, looks as if he has improved this year with the Stockton Kings and could serve as an interesting bench player for years to come.