The Hawks continue to slowly pare down their roster in advance of the regular season, waiving Ryan Kelly late on Tuesday night, according to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kelly is the second Atlanta player to be cut this week, along with Matt Costello, and his release reduces the team’s roster count to 18 players.
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Kelly, 25, spent his first three seasons in the NBA as a member of the Lakers after being selected 48th overall in the 2013 draft. After averaging 22.9 minutes per contest during his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Kelly saw his playing time reduced last season, playing just 13.1 MPG in 36 contests. He averaged 4.2 PPG and 3.4 RPG in those games, shooting just 36.9% from the floor, 13.5% from beyond the arc, and 68.5% from the line.
With Kelly now on waivers, the Hawks have three more cuts to make to get down to the regular-season roster limit of 15 players. Josh Magette and Will Bynum, who are on non-guaranteed summer contracts, are most at risk. Mike Muscala also has a partially guaranteed deal, while Atlanta’s other 15 players have fully guaranteed 2016/17 salaries.
You can check out the full salary cap breakdown for the 2016/17 Hawks right here.