Atlanta headed to Charlotte on Sunday in preparation for Monday night's preseason opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Hawks are expected to open the game with the familiar foursome of Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith and Al Horford. Jeff Teague will get the start at point guard.
Atlanta will be without Kirk Hinrich who is still out due to a shoulder injury he had in the off season. That combined with the departure of Jamal Crawford has left the Hawks a little thin in the backcourt. New addition Tracy McGrady will help but the Larry Drew and the coaching staff are expected to spend a portion of the preseason game and the remainder of camp evaluating Pape Sy, Brad Wanamaker and Donald Sloan who are all trying to make the Hawks final roster.
Sy seems to have the inside track but his contract is non-guaranteed. It is possible that Atlanta will elect to keep either Sloan or Wanamaker in addition to Sy at least until Hinrich was ready to rejoin the club.
The Hawks released Charles Garcia and Zach Graham. The roster is now down to 16 before the first exhibition game at Charlotte on Monday.
No word yet if Garcia and Graham plan to return to their respective D-League teams or seek opportunities elsewhere. Garcia was with Sioux Falls before joining Atlanta's training camp. Graham was a part of Hawks' affiliate Reno before also getting the call.