When the Atlanta Hawks elected to move on from Jarrett Jack and Will Bynum on consecutive days, all indications were that the team had settled on the 15-man roster for the start of the 2016-2017 regular season. On Saturday afternoon, those suspicions were confirmed, as Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reports that Atlanta parted ways with Josh Magette.
The Hawks have waived Josh Magette. Roster finalized at 15 players.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) October 22, 2016
Magette was considered the longest of long-shots to make the roster out of training camp, and it is frankly an upset that he was the final cut. In addition to the news concerning Magette, the AJC reports confirmation from Mike Budenhozler that the Hawks will begin the season with only two point guards, Dennis Schröder and Malcolm Delaney.
From a personnel standpoint, it is entirely plausible that Atlanta simply selected its best collection of 15 players, regardless of position. Still, it is a risky strategy to deploy only two point guards and it seems plausible that the 15-man group that begins the regular season could look different at times throughout the campaign.
Stay tuned, but it appears as if Mike Muscala, Edy Tavares, Mike Scott and others are (quite) safe.