Per a report from the AJC’s Michael Cunningham, the Hawks plan to waive Quinn Cook, Jeremy Evans, and Tyler Cavanaugh.
#ATLHawks to waive Quinn Cook, Tyler Cavanaugh and Jeremy Evans— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) October 14, 2017
Evans and Cavanaugh were automatic casualties—they had to be waived in order to complete the trade with Cleveland that was reported earlier in the day. Cook looked to be safe, as the team’s roster was already trimmed down to 15 full-time players (plus Josh Magette as one of the team’s 2-way contracts). However, it seems the Hawks will move forward without Cook, paying his $100,000 guarantee to let him walk rather than his full $1.3 million contract.
Cook was brought in as the team’s third point guard behind starter Dennis Schröder and backup Malcolm Delaney, but after five preseason games in which he featured for just 47 minutes total, the team has opted to waive him to open up the final roster spot. It remains to be seen to whom the final roster spot will go, as well as the third point guard responsibilities. DeAndre’ Bembry has looked good handling the ball in preseason and it’s possible that the team will go into the season with just two full-time point guards on the roster, opening up that role for Bembry.