The Atlanta Hawks have prided themselves over the last few years under Mike Budenholzer at discovering and developing under the radar talent. DeMarre Carroll, Kent Bazemore are the two biggest examples with Tim Hardaway Jr. hoping to take a sizable leap in his second year with the team.
Atlanta’s newest addition, guard Malcolm Delaney, may belong on that list as well. ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton calls Delaney an "average or slightly better back up point guard."
Based on my Euroleague translations, Delaney projects as an average or slightly better backup point guard. He doesn't figure to be great in any particular area in the NBA, but he shoots the 3 well enough to space the floor and is a capable ballhandler. And while contract terms haven't yet been reported, given that the Hawks have only about $3 million in cap space, Delaney's likely to come much cheaper than the $6-7 million backup point guards like D.J. Augustin and Ish Smith have gotten so far this summer. So this should be good value for Atlanta.
As things stand now, it appears that Delaney will get an opportunity. Dennis Schröder is the only true point guard on the roster and it appears that Delaney is in line to be the backup.
Sportrac reports that Delaney agreed to a two-year $1.44 million offer with an average annual salary of just over $700,000 from Atlanta. Reports also suggest that the deal is fully guaranteed. That number would allow them to use the room exception and wouldn’t touch the estimated $3.8 million in cap space that they reportedly have left.