The Atlanta Hawks wasted no time utilizing the new, two-way contracts allowed by the NBA in signing point guard Josh Magette over the summer. Since then, though, the vast majority of NBA teams filled both two-way spots while the Hawks waited. On Sunday morning, though, the team announced that the second two-way contract has been bestowed on big man Tyler Cavanaugh.
The 23-year-old Cavanaugh was with the Hawks in both Summer League and training camp this season before heading to Erie to join the BayHawks. In fact, the former Wake Forest and George Washington big man had a strong performance (19 points, 11 rebounds) in Erie’s first contest of the season on Friday evening.
Cavanaugh will be subject to the 45-day cap on time with the NBA team in the same way that Magette (who spent nearly a week in Atlanta after Erie’s season began) was earlier this season, with the caveat that Cavanaugh’s maximum looks to be 41 days based on a rated portion of the NBA season. In signing Cavanaugh, the Hawks certainly appear to be investing further in a player that they clearly like but, much in the way that the organization did with Magette, this appears to be a system-driven play that isn’t focused on a tremendous amount of future upside at the NBA level.