The Hawks have moved one step closer to finalizing their roster for the regular season, having parted ways with veteran guard Will Bynum, according to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The move brings Atlanta’s roster count down to 16 players, one above the regular-season maximum.
Although he has appeared in 360 total regular season NBA games for three different teams since 2005, Bynum hasn’t played in a regular season contest since the 2014/15 season. For most of the last two seasons, Bynum has played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China. He averaged 17.8 PPG and 6.5 APG for the CBA club in 2015/16.
During the preseason, Bynum saw a decent amount of playing time in the Hawks’ first five preseason games, averaging 17 minutes per contest, but played just 10 total minutes in the club’s final two exhibitions. The 33-year-old’s contract was non-guaranteed, so Atlanta won’t carry a cap hit after releasing him.
With Bynum no longer in the mix, the Hawks have one more player – Josh Magette – who has a fully non-guaranteed salary. He looks like the odd man out for the team’s 15-man roster, with Mike Muscala and his partially guaranteed deal making the cut.