And then there were three for the Atlanta Hawks – A training camp story

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With Tyrese Martin signing his rookie deal with the Atlanta Hawks, there are now three roster spots left for the taking. Only one of these spots is a full contract, while the other two are two-way deals.

With the way that the Hawks’ roster and salary cap situation are structured at the moment, it is unlikely that they are going to make any more moves. I will put a caveat here in that if they can make a trade that benefits their on-court performance, they will most certainly do it.

The Hawks have almost completed their roster. They made the trades for Dejounte Murray, Maurice Harkless, and Justin Holiday. They also signed Aaron Holiday and Frank Kaminsky in free agency. On top of that, they signed their draft picks AJ Griffin and Martin. This, with the players left from last season, gives the Hawks 14 players and $151.7 million of committed salary.

The Atlanta Hawks have very few decisions left to make.

With Sharife Cooper struggling with his thumb injury for the entire Summer League, we did not get to see the player he has developed into. However, it is likely that he will still have a spot on the roster, given that he was offered a two-way qualifying offer.

Likewise, Chaundee Brown was signed to a two-way deal at the end of last season, so he would appear to have an advantage. However, players like Tyson Etienne and Justin Tillman have shown over Summer League that they deserve a shot with the Hawks squad.

The next chance that the Hawks have to assess their playing stocks is when training camp resumes. They should have Bogdan Bogdanovic back from his knee procedure and Jalen Johnson back from his non-surgical procedure by then which will allow them to assess chemistry and fit with all their players.

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One thing is for certain, the Hawks are going to look to have a better season than they did in 2021-22. Having a full squad at training camp with minimal injury concerns will aid this. Now that they only need to fill three roster spots, the coaching staff can plan their next moves.