Per a report from The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a contract with point guard Isaiah Taylor:
Free agent guard Isaiah Taylor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 16, 2017
Taylor will replace the outgoing Quinn Cook, who was waived by the team on Friday. Taylor played his rookie season with the Houston Rockets but was cut on Friday as Houston worked their way down to 15 players on their roster. He’ll occupy the 15th spot on the Hawks roster as currently constructed, but there are always time for more moves. He only played four regular season games for the Rockets last year and spent most of his time with the Rio Grande Vipers of the G League.
Michael Cunningham of the AJC is reporting that Taylor’s contract is partially guaranteed in 2017-18, likely for the $50,000 maximum a team can give to a player for him to remain eligible to be an affiliate player in the G League.
Isaiah Taylor's 2-year Hawks contact partially guaranteed for 17-18.— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) October 16, 2017
Taylor is lightning quick, with the ability to get anywhere he wants to go on the floor with a high-level first step. He shot 45.7 percent from deep in 25 games in the G League, but on just 94 total shots, the jury is still out on his ability to knock down shots from deep. Defensively, he doesn’t have a large wingspan but uses his quickness well enough to stay in front of most point guards.