REPORT: Hawks release reserve guard Jaylen Adams
The Atlanta Hawks announced that they have released guard Jaylen Adams after only one year with the team.
According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, the Hawks only had until July 19 before Adams’ $1.4 million contract becomes guaranteed. With the move, Atlanta will “incur a $100K cap hit” but they will have $7 million in cap space to add to their $4.8 million room exception.
Adams played in 34 games for the Hawks last year. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.9 assists in almost 13 minutes a game.
Unfortunately, these numbers weren’t enough to keep Adams on the roster. Now, the Hawks will look to add a 14th player to the roster with the cap space they have.
Another factor that hurt Adams was the fact that the Hawks have plenty of guard depth already. Budding star and current face of the franchise Trae Young will be eating up plenty of the point guard minutes. Kevin Huerter, another player with loads of potential, will also get plenty of minutes. Veterans Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner will probably get the backup roles.
The Hawks have a bright future ahead of them with all of these young players, and it’s unfortunate Adams couldn’t be part of the rebuild. We’ll see if a team scoops up the youngster before the regular season starts.