The Hawks made a couple moves to fill out their roster ahead of training camp.
With the injury to Dewayne Dedmon, it made sense for the Hawks to add an extra big man. They brought in Cole Aldrich, a veteran journeyman who has played for six different NBA teams. Aldrich was one of the lucky men who got overpaid due to the salary cap spike a few years ago, but he was waived by the Timberwolves in late June. Now, he will settle for the veteran minimum and an outside shot at getting a roster spot on a tanking team. Aldrich’s contract is non-guaranteed, and he will be battling it out with Thomas Robinson in camp.
The Hawks also brought in a local kid in RJ Hunter. If you do not remember him, he was the Georgia State star and son of head coach Ron Hunter. Together, they were one of the best stories in college basketball a few years ago. Hunter’s NBA career has not been fruitful though. Hunter was a first round pick in 2015 but has been waived by three teams since. He may not even make the team, but his pure stroke may just be enough to keep him in the NBA as a role player if he can get playing time in the right opportunity. Where better than right where you went to college on a tanking team?
These are not exciting additions, but it would not be surprising to see either player have a role on the 2018-19 Atlanta Hawks.