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Alex Poythress agrees to two-way deal with Atlanta Hawks

Alex Poythress

The Atlanta Hawks’ front office made another offseason move on Tuesday, though a minor one, by signing free agent forward Alex Poythress to a two-way deal, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Since it’s a two-way deal that he signed with the Hawks, Poythress is expected to spend most of his time next season suiting up for the Erie BayHawks, Atlanta’s affiliate in the G League. He will also have up to 45 days of eligibility to play in the big league.

Poythress, a 6-foot-9 forward, went unselected in the 2016 NBA Draft, but later hooked up with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers waived him shortly before the 2016-17 NBA season, but kept himself close to his NBA dreams by signing an NBA D-League (now G League) deal with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

It would not be until 2017 with the Philadelphia 76ers that Poythress was able to finally see action in an NBA regular season game, appearing in six games, with one start, during the tail end of the 2016-17 season.

After his short stint in Philly, Poythress reunited with the Pacers by signing a two-way contract in 2017 and appeared in 25 games for the team last season. Poythress was waived earlier this month by Indiana, paving the way for him to ink the aforementioned deal with the Hawks.

All told, Alex Poythress has played in 31 games so far in his NBA career with averages of 2.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.2 assists. In seven games for the Mad Ants last season, Poythress, who spent four years in Kentucky before turning pro, put up 20.0 points and grabbed 8.9 boards per contest.