The Atlanta Hawks sign Chaundee Brown to a two-way deal

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The Atlanta Hawks have finally filled out their roster just prior to the regular season finishing. The have signed Chaundee Brown Jr. to a two-way deal after they converted Skylar Mays to a full contract just a couple of days ago.

For those who remember, Brown played three games for the Hawks prior to the end of 20201 when the Hawks went though their Covid-19 crisis. In those three games, Brown started two of them and played well enough for the Hawks to potentially consider pursuing at the end of his deal. He averaged 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.

They decided against this at this time and Brown went back to the G League. He performed well for the South Bay Lakers, averaging 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. Not incredible numbers but there is so much more to Brown’s game.

The Atlanta Hawks are looking to secure their power forward position.

The Hawks are coming into the playoffs without the services of John Collins. While Danilo Gallinari has filled in admirably for the Hawks star, his body is feeling the effects of a long and difficult season. He has missed a number of games at the end of the season through injury.

The Hawks have used Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in the starting lineup with mixed success but they are a much stronger team when Gallinari starts. While Kevin Knox may be able to help the Hawks in the playoffs, they obviously felt that another forward who could also play the wing would be beneficial.

Two of Brown’s games for the Hawks were against the Chicago Bulls. He struggled in the first one but then came back strong in the second game. While he has his defensive shortcomings against quicker players, he showed that he could defend Nikola Vucevic in spurts, giving the Hawks another big man for the rotation.

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It is unlikely that the Hawks will play Brown much, especially if they are able to get deep into the playoffs where they may get Collins back. However, he is a good insurance policy who has shown the ability to play with this team already.