Hawks Acquire, Waive DeAndre Liggins

SEPTEMBER 25: In a pair of press releases, the Hawks confirmed today that they’ve acquired Liggins and cash from the Clippers in exchange for draft considerations, and subsequently waived Liggins.

Per Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constutition (Twitter link), the Clippers actually received a 2018 second-round pick in the swap, but it’s protected from 31-55, meaning it almost certainly won’t change hands.

SEPTEMBER 24: The Clippers have traded DeAndre Liggins and cash to the Hawks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN writes. The deal will create a $1,577,230 trade exception.

Going back to the Clippers will be the draft rights to an as yet undetermined player.

The Hawks will turn around and waive the veteran Liggins, who they initially acquired from the Rockets ahead of the Chris Paul deal this summer.

By unloading Liggins today, the Clippers have managed to sneak to $122K below the luxury tax line. Had they waived and not traded Liggins, they would have been on the hook for an additional $26K.

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9 thoughts on “Hawks Acquire, Waive DeAndre Liggins

  1. hiflew

    Cool. I hope Liggins gets a chance to play with a rebuilding Hawks team. He is still young enough that he could have some offensive upside to go along with his good defense.

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  2. formerlyz

    Don’t see why the Clippers moved him…they could have used his defense and athleticism on the wing

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  3. Connorsoxfan

    Boston should claim Liggins to fill out the rotation and replace the defense they lost in Bradley and Crowder.

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  4. PedroColdBlooded

    So what was the Hawks point in doing this what did they benefit

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    • Luke Adams

      Liggins’ deal was only guaranteed for about $27K, and the minimum amount a team can include when trading cash is $75K, so the Hawks got free money out of the deal.

      For the Clippers, trading Liggins instead of waiving him allowed them to clear that potential $27K cap hit (the cash they’re trading won’t count against the cap), and they’re so close to the tax line that even that very small amount of savings could be useful.

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