The Atlanta Hawks had a very successful preseason so far. They managed to win both games against the Milwaukee Bucks but that is not how we are measuring the success of this trip. The success of this trip is that the main team has achieved such high-level chemistry in such a short period of time.
In the first game against the Bucks, Dejounte Murray put his mark on the team and almost collected a triple-double. In the second game, Trae Young put on a show, reminding the NBA of the pure offensive talent that he is.
His 31 points in the first half allowed head coach Nate McMillan to get a good look at the two rookies all game. AJ Griffin and Tyrese Martin balled out with the first-round pick getting the chocolates in this duel. However, it also let McMillan play his training camp contract players for longer than usual.
The Atlanta Hawks waived four players after the Middle East trip.
This is a legal roster to start the season as it is 16 players including both two-way deals. An NBA franchise is allowed to have 17 players including both two-way deals. So, what happens with the four players who have been waived? Well, according to Lauren Williams of the AJC, they are all likely to end up with the College Park Skyhawks in the G League.
In Silva’s case, he is definitely going to the Skyhawks as the G League team made multiple moves in the offseason to secure his returning player rights. The other three players are likely to join the Skyhawks given that they were on training camp contracts.
This move means that the Hawks still have a roster spot open which they are unlikely to move on until the season starts. This is a tremendous situation for the team to be in for the start of the season.