No. 3 to Cut Loose: Vit Krejci
We come to the very back end of the roster, where the Hawks need to decide who to keep around and who to let free to open up roster spots for new additions. We just discussed how Aaron Holiday is too small to be an effective backup to Trae Young, and Vit Krejci would seem to be the solution, a 6’8″ ball-handling guard. The problem is that Krejci is terrible.
That’s harsh, and Krejci will probably have a long international career, but he is certainly not an NBA player. He shot 40.5 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from 3-point range, and he isn’t a wizard playmaking either. Defensively he is too slow to handle guards and offers no rim protection (one block for the season). The Hawks can do better with that roster spot.
No. 4 to Cut Loose: Bruno Fernando
If the NBA has 450 full-time roster spots, Bruno Fernando has carved out a niche as a 6’9″ big man who continually resides in that 400-450 range. He’s not good enough to earn a rotation role but he’s just good enough to earn a roster spot. That’s been the store of his short career, which began in Atlanta and boomeranged around the league and finally back to the ATL.
Fernando is a decent enough finisher inside, but he offers no floor spacing (6-of-45 for his career) and is undersized at the 5. He is strong and bodies inside, and has always been good at cleaning the glass on either end of the court. The Hawks could keep him around as their third center, but they would be better served using that slot for a player with upside, especially if they could be a stretch big.
The Atlanta Hawks have plenty of decisions to make about the future, and this offseason could see anything from small roster tweaks to massive overhauls. Whatever happens, expect certain players to stick around and others to be cut loose as the team tries to start a new era of Hawks basketball.