The Hawks have waived Austin Daye, as Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (Twitter link) and as the team confirms via press release. His salary was non-guaranteed, but the move clears his $1,185,784 cap hold from Atlanta’s books as it attempts to clear cap room for its agreed-upon re-signing of Paul Millsap and trade for Tiago Splitter.
Atlanta originally signed Daye to a pair of 10-day contracts this past season before inking him to a deal that covered the rest of 2014/15 with the non-guaranteed 2015/16 season tacked on. It wasn’t surprising to see the Hawks, who have close ties to the Spurs, pick him up not long after the Spurs waived him, but the former 15th overall pick didn’t see much action in Atlanta, appearing in only eight regular season games for an average of 9.5 minutes per contest. He didn’t make it in to any of Atlanta’s playoff games.
Teams rarely claim players off waivers, but if a team is interested in Daye, it wouldn’t require too much of an investment to put a claim in on him, since his salary would remain non-guaranteed. Waiver claims require a $1K fee to the league office.