The Atlanta Hawks waive two-way player prior to training camp

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The Atlanta Hawks only had one roster spot available up until today. They have traded sagely over the offseason to fit their positional needs, drafted well, and even signed NBA talent for their first two-way spot. Trent Forrest locked up one of the two-way deals earlier in the offseason after spending two seasons with the Utah Jazz.

Still, the second two-way position has been somewhat of a revolving door for the Hawks. They extended Sharife Cooper a two-way qualifying offer at the start of the offseason. He then signed the deal before the Hawks decided to waive him to pursue other options.

The other player who was on the Hawks’ list as a two-way player since the final week of the 2021-22 regular season was Chaundee Brown jr. The wing played for the Hawks during the Covid-19 crisis, impressing with his energy and effort on the court. He then went back to the South Bay Lakers in the G League before being signed by the Hawks at the end of that season.

Why the Atlanta Hawks would have waived Chaundee Brown?

The Hawks would be looking to potentially sign players to fill their remaining needs of the roster. There are two glaring holes that the Hawks could fill with their remaining open slots. One of these spots is for a veteran guard which Bleacher Report sees as the Hawks’ biggest weakness. the other is at the power forward position where the Hawks have left themselves very thin.

Unfortunately for Brown, he has only played one season in the league, so does not qualify as a veteran presence. He is also only 6’5″ so is not big enough to play the power forward.  It is just a question of on-court needs as opposed to attitude or chemistry as evidenced by his tweet in response to the news that he was being waived.

Given the level of wing talent the Hawks have on their roster, it is unlikely that the Hawks will sign him to their G League affiliate the College Park Skyhawks. If they don’t, we all wish Brown the best for the future.

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