C.J. Anderson

Hawks Cut Thomas Robinson, R.J. Hunter, C.J. Anderson

The Hawks have trimmed their preseason roster by three, waiving Thomas Robinson, R.J. Hunter, and C.J. Anderson, according to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link). Atlanta’s roster is now at the regular season limit of 17 players, including two on two-way contracts.

Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, has appeared in 313 career regular season games, but didn’t play in the NBA last season and was always a long shot to make the Hawks’ regular season roster, since the team is already carrying 15 players on guaranteed contracts. Hunter is also a former first-round pick who has struggled to find an NBA home.

Anderson, meanwhile, went undrafted out of the University of Massachusetts after averaging 10.6 PPG, 5.2 APG, and 5.0 RPG with a .414/.400/.813 shooting line as a senior in 2017/18. If he clears waivers, the Hawks would hold his G League rights as an affiliate player, so he may end up with the Erie BayHawks.

Hawks Sign C.J. Anderson, Waive Isaac Humphries

The Hawks made a minor change to their roster today, announcing in a pair of press releases that they’ve signed former UMass guard C.J. Anderson, waiving recently-added big man Isaac Humphries in a corresponding move.

Humphries, a native of Australia who went undrafted out of Kentucky in 2017, signed with Atlanta on Monday after having spent his first professional season with the Sydney Kings and Serbian club FMP. The 20-year-old only spent about 24 hours under contract with the Hawks, but his signing was designed to secure his G League rights — he figures to end up playing for the Erie BayHawks, Atlanta’s NBAGL affiliate.

The Hawks likely have a similar plan in mind for Anderson, who averaged 10.6 PPG, 5.2 APG, and 5.0 RPG with a .414/.400/.813 shooting line for the University of Massachusetts during his senior season in 2017/18. Atlanta has 15 players on guaranteed salaries already, so Anderson figures to be cut sometime before next week’s roster deadline. If he clears waivers, the Hawks would hold his G League rights as an affiliate player.

Draft Notes: Ponds, Lakers, Grizzlies, Cavaliers

The NBA draft lottery is still a week away, but teams have already started bringing in prospects for pre-draft workouts. Those workouts are especially important for early entrants who are still testing the waters, since they’re a great opportunity for those players to find out where they stand with NBA teams.

One of those players is St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds, who entered the draft process this spring as a sophomore, and will have until May 30 to decide whether to withdraw and return to school for his junior year. According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com (Twitter link), Ponds has already worked out for the Celtics, and has auditions for the Nets and Cavaliers lined up this weekend.

Here are a few more draft-related updates, with a focus on workouts: