Hawks announce waiving of center Diamond Stone
Roster Update: We have requested waivers on Diamond Stone.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 31, 2017
The 20-year-old Maryland product landed in Atlanta as part of the three-team deal involving the L.A. Clippers and Denver Nuggets earlier this month. The 40th overall pick in the 2016 draft spent his rookie year in L.A., but was barely used throughout the season, only appearing in seven contests, and averaged 1.4 points per game.
Once he clears waivers, he can sign with any team that wishes to add him to their fold, but it’s expected that he will most likely take his talents overseas, or could be headed to the G-League where he can further develop his game. He had already played for the Santa Cruz Warriors and Salt Lake City Stars last year, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule.
If he can put in more work next season and prove that he belongs in the highest level, Stone may generate interest from some teams needing a young center who has the potential to become a low-risk, high-reward prospect for them.