The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on guard/forward DeShawn Stevenson whose $2.2 million contract for this season was non-guaranteed. Stevenson appeared in 56 games last season and averaged 5.1 points per game. There has not been an official announcement from the team as of yet.
Stevenson began last season in the starting lineup and gave the Hawks an option on the wing at shooting guard and small forward. However, he was essentially unavailable in back-to-back situations due to his worrisome knees and appeared to wear down as the season went on.
Update: The Atlanta Hawks have confirmed that Stevenson has been waived.
The move cuts $2.2 million off of Atlanta's salary cap number and could pave the way to sign DeMarre Carrol or another player. Greg Oden is supposed to make his free agent decision on Friday but reports indicate that the Hawks may already be out of the running.
Currently Atlanta has 13 players under contract not counting Carroll or first round pick Lucas Nogueira who could return to Spain this season.