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Report: Hawks keeping Isaiah Taylor, Tyler Cavanaugh for the rest of the season

With the deadline to guarantee contracts approaching, a lot of teams are making transactions, which makes this quite a busy weekend.

One of the teams with recent moves is the Atlanta Hawks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports:

“The Atlanta Hawks plan to guarantee the contracts of Isaiah Taylor ($1.3M) and Tyler Cavanaugh ($679K) for the rest of the season, league sources tell ESPN.”

Isaiah Taylor, an undrafted guard from the 2016 draft class out of Texas University, signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets before the 2016-17 season. He was waived before the season started but picked up again by the Rockets in February 2017. Taylor signed a multi-year contract with them but barely played with the team, as he was sent down to the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

He was waived by the Rockets right before the start of the 2017-18 season and shortly after signed a non-guaranteed 2-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. Taylor has appeared in 31 games for the Hawks, averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 40.4 percent from the field in 15.5 minutes a game.

Tyler Cavanaugh, an undrafted forward from the 2017 draft class out of George Washington University, signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks in September 2017 but waived shortly after. He then played for the G-League’s Erie Bayhawks. After some time there, the Hawks signed him to a two-way contract in November.

After about a month of impressive play, Cavanaugh became the second player in the league to have a two-way contract turned into a regular NBA contract. Cavanaugh has appeared in 26 games for the Hawks, averaging 5.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 0.9 assists while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from behind the three-point line in 14.5 minutes a game.

The Hawks, currently holding the worst record in the NBA, are using this season to develop a young group of players led by Dennis Schröder and John Collins as they undergo a rebuild.