The Atlanta Hawks had 17 players under contract for a couple of months, and with the signing of Richard Solomon, that number rose to 18. Now, it appears that the organization will head into training camp with the full allotment of 20 players, as Ryan Kelly and Will Bynum will join Mike Budenholzer and company in Athens.
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution brings word that both Kelly and Bynum have signed training camp deals, and both players are interesting. Kelly is best known for his work at Duke, but the skilled, 6-foot-11 big man has appeared in more than 100 NBA games and he would be a theoretical fit in Budenholzer’s offensive system.
As for Bynum, the former Georgia Tech guard has earned the label of a “Hawks killer” for his work in opposition to Atlanta in recent seasons. He is now 33 years old, however, and Bynum’s best work is likely behind him. Still, this is the type of signing that makes a ton of sense with Jarrett Jack’s health status very much up in the air.
It should be noted that none of the training camp invites (Matt Costello, Solomon, Bynum and Kelly) have an inside track toward making the roster, simply because the Hawks already have 15 guaranteed contracts and a legitimate NBA rotation player in Mike Muscala as No. 16. However, it doesn’t hurt to bring quality talent to training camp and that is what the Hawks are doing.