Antonius Cleveland

Schlenk: Hawks’ Free Agency Will Be Trades

The Hawks are one of a small handful of NBA teams with significant cap room remaining, but it doesn’t sound like general manager Travis Schlenk is eager to make a play for any of the top free agents still available. Schlenk, who spoke last month about exercising patience and caution in the free agent market, tells Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his club is focusing on the trade market for now.

“We are going through the trade process right now. Seeing what trades might be out there,” Schlenk said. “That’s the process right now, seeing what options might be out there. Not really an antenna for free agency. Our free agency is going to be trades.”

The Hawks have approximately $22MM in cap room, a figure that could increase if the team waives non-guaranteed players Antonius Cleveland and Jaylen Morris. That’d be more than enough to put pressure on a team like the Rockets, Celtics, and Bucks with an offer sheet for Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, or Jabari Parker. However, Schlenk sounds more inclined to use that room to take on an unwanted contract or two, acquiring young players or draft picks in the process.

“Right now, we have the 14 guys under contract. Jaylen and Antonius are non-guarantees so we could get down to 12 pretty quickly if we needed to,” Schlenk said. “We’ll probably look to carry 14 guys just so we have some flexibility with our space to take on contracts if we need to be. The majority for free agency for us is just going to be taking on contracts to gather assets if we get a player we like.”

The Hawks reportedly explored trading highly-paid veterans Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder earlier in the offseason, but it doesn’t sound like a deal involving either of those players is a priority for the franchise at this point. Asked specifically about Schroder, Schlenk said the point guard’s comments about being open to a trade were “taken out of context,” adding that Schroder is “in a good place” with the Hawks.

Hawks Sign Antonius Cleveland To Multi-Year Deal

MARCH 14: Now that his second 10-day contract has expired, Cleveland has finalized his new multi-year deal with the Hawks, the team announced today in a press release.

Atlanta now has 13 players on guaranteed rest-of-season contracts, with Damion Lee and Jaylen Morris on 10-day deals.

MARCH 12: The Hawks are prepared to offer a multi-year deal to Antonius Cleveland that would include a guarantee for the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes (Twitter link).

Cleveland’s second 10-day deal is set to expire overnight on Tuesday. A plan was already in the works when Cleveland signed the second 10-day contract to extend the relationship for the rest of this season and beyond.

Cleveland, a 6’6” shooting guard, has yet to play for the Hawks. He saw action in 13 games as a two-way player with the Mavericks earlier this season, averaging 0.8 PPG in 6.2 MPG.

He went undrafted out of Southeast Missouri State last summer and inked a training camp deal with the Warriors before getting the two-way offer from Dallas.

Walt Lemon Jr., Xavier Rathan-Mayes Won’t Be Re-Signed

Two players won’t be re-signed as they reach the end of their 10-day contracts, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

The Pelicans have decided not to retain Walt Lemon Jr., Haynes tweets. The 25-year-old guard completed two 10-day deals with the team and would need to be signed for the rest of season to remain in New Orleans. Lemon appeared in five games during his 20 days with the Pelicans, averaging 3.4 points in 7.0 minutes per night.

The Grizzlies’ impending signing of Briante Weber means guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes won’t receive a second 10-day contract (Twitter link). The 23-year-old saw action in five games with Memphis, playing 23.6 minutes per night and averaging 5.8 points.

Also expiring overnight was a second 10-day contract for Antonius Cleveland, whom the Hawks are expected to sign to a multi-year deal.

Hawks Sign Antonius Cleveland To Second Ten-Day Deal

The Hawks have signed Antonius Cleveland to a second 10-day contract and are planning a longer relationship with the 24-year-old shooting guard, tweets Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When the latest 10-day deal expires, Atlanta plans to sign Cleveland through the rest of this season and 2018/19, Cunningham adds.

Cleveland, a former two-way player with the Mavericks, didn’t see any game action during his first 10 days with the Hawks. He went undrafted out of Southeast Missouri State last summer and inked a training camp deal with the Warriors before getting the offer from Dallas.

The deal with Cleveland brings Atlanta’s roster back to 14 players.

10-Day Deals Expire For Cleveland, Thornton

Two players are free agents again after their 10-day contracts expired overnight, according to the Real GM Transactions Log.

Shooting guard Antonius Cleveland didn’t see any action for the Hawks during his 10 days with the team. The 24-year-old shooting guard appeared in 13 games with the Mavericks as a two-way player earlier this season before being waived in January. He also played in seven G League games this year.

Marcus Thornton also wasn’t used during his 10-day stay with Cleveland. Although he signed with the Cavaliers, he never left the G League, where he is averaging 18.9 points per game with the Canton Charge.

The Hawks and Cavs made the signings to comply with an NBA requirement that teams have at least 14 players on their rosters, and both clubs will need to find replacements.

Hawks Sign Antonius Cleveland To 10-Day Deal

12:15pm: Cleveland’s deal with the Hawks is now official, tweets Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

8:25am: The Hawks will fill one of their two open roster spots this week by signing shooting guard Antonius Cleveland to a 10-day contract, sources tell Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link).

Cleveland, 24, went undrafted out of Southeast Missouri State, but played for the Blazers in Summer League and then signed a training camp deal with the Warriors last summer. While he didn’t earn a spot on Golden State’s regular season roster, he later caught on with the Mavericks, signing a two-way contract with Dallas and appearing in 13 games for the club. He was waived by the Mavs in December.

Cleveland averaged just 6.2 minutes per contest in his 13 NBA games, but the rookie saw more consistent playing time in seven G League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors and Texas Legends. In that small sample, he averaged 13.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 1.7 SPG with a .538/.500/.826 shooting line.

Atlanta is one of four teams that needed to make a roster move this week in order to get back up to 14 players after slipping to 13 at the trade deadline. The Trail Blazers have already signed Brandon Rush, while the Cavaliers are signing Marcus Thornton, leaving the Wizards as the only club that still needs to add a player.

Injury Updates: Bradley, Fournier, Hardaway

Pistons guard Avery Bradley, who has missed the club’s last two games, will remain sidelined for at least a few more contests, the team confirmed today. Speaking to reporters, including Rod Beard of The Detroit News, head coach Stan Van Gundy announced that Bradley will be “shut down for at least a week,” then will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

“It’s going to take some time,” said Van Gundy, who doubles as the Pistons’ president of basketball operations. “But he’ll basically do nothing for the next seven days and see where he is and whether we’re starting him back or not.”

As Detroit waits on Bradley’s return, let’s round up a few more injury-related notes and updates:

  • Magic guard Evan Fournier, who has missed nearly two weeks with an ankle sprain, participated in the non-contact portion of Orlando’s practice today, per Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel (Twitter links). Fournier is nearing a return, but it probably won’t happen on Wednesday.
  • Knicks wing Tim Hardaway Jr. was reevaluated today, but there’s still no set timetable for his return. According to the club (Twitter link), Hardaway will advance his rehab and court work, and will be evaluated again next week.
  • Antonius Cleveland, who had been on a two-way contract with the Mavericks, was waived today after suffering a left ankle injury on Monday. According to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com (Twitter link), Cleveland will require surgery on that ankle. Still, the news isn’t all bad for the rookie swingman — he’ll rehab at the Mavs’ facilities, he will continue to be paid by the team until he gets healthy, and he’s a candidate to rejoin the club at some point, per head coach Rick Carlisle.
  • As we passed along earlier today, Lakers center Brook Lopez is expected to be sidelined for at least the next three weeks.

Mavs Waive Jeff Withey, Sign Kyle Collinsworth To Two-Way Deal

The Mavericks have completed a series of roster moves, announcing today in a press release that they’ve waived center Jeff Withey from their 15-man roster. Additionally, Dallas has made a change to its two-way players, waiving swingman Antonius Cleveland and signing guard Kyle Collinsworth to a two-way contract to replace him.

Withey, 27, signed a non-guaranteed two-year deal with the Mavericks back in August, and earned a spot on the team’s regular season roster. However, he didn’t play much in Dallas, appearing in 10 games and logging just 39 total minutes this season. The Mavs will assume a cap hit of about $588K for Withey if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

Meanwhile, Dallas also swapped in a new player on a two-way contract — Johnathan Motley will remain in one of the team’s two slots, while Collinsworth will replace Cleveland in the other. Collinsworth has spent the last two seasons with the Texas Legends, Dallas’ G League affiliate. In 18 games this season, the 6’6″ guard has averaged 11.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, and 1.7 SPG.

As for Cleveland, he had spent a good portion of this season with the Mavericks, having appeared in 13 games for the team, but with his 45-day limit approaching, Dallas has apparently decided to cut him rather than to convert his contract into a standard NBA deal. Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News notes (via Twitter) that Cleveland suffered an ankle injury on Monday night, so it’s possible the Mavs could bring him back when he gets healthy.

The Mavs now have 16 players under contract — two on two-way deals and 14 on standard NBA pacts.

Mavs Sign Antonius Cleveland To Two-Way Deal

NOVEMBER 17: The Mavs have officially signed Cleveland to a two-way contract and waived Clavell, the team announced today in a press release.

NOVEMBER 16: The Mavericks will sign G League guard Antonius Cleveland to a two-way contract, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical. Current two-way player Gian Clavell will be released to make room for Cleveland.

Cleveland was in training camp with the Warriors before being waived in early October. He has been playing for Golden State’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz. A 6’6″ shooting guard, he went undrafted out of Missouri and played for the Trail Blazers during summer league.

Clavell has appeared in seven games with Dallas, averaging 2.9 points in about 9 minutes per night. The 24-year-old was voted Mountain West Player of the Year last season at Colorado State.

Warriors Waive Cleveland, Hamilton

The Warriors made a pair of roster moves after Saturday’s preseason opener, waiving Antonius Cleveland and Alex Hamilton, the team announced via Twitter.

Both will be eligible to join the Warriors’ G League team if they are not claimed on waivers. Golden State had the maximum 20 players in camp, so two open spots are now available.

Cleveland is a 6’6″ guard out of Southeast Missouri State. He played for Portland’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, then signed with the Warriors in mid-August. He played five minutes Saturday night and scored eight points.

Hamilton is a 6’4″ guard who completed his senior season at Louisiana Tech in 2016. He played for Golden State’s G League affiliate last season after a brief stay in Poland. He scored two points in two minutes in the season opener.