Update: The Hawks have officially announced the move to place Nicolas Brussino on waivers.
When the Atlanta Hawks claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers from the Dallas Mavericks in July, there was optimism about the team adding a talented young player as something of a project. Just five months later, the team has reportedly moved on from Brussino and his fully guaranteed contract in pursuit of an open roster spot.
Sources: The Hawks have waived forward Nicolas Brussino, opening a roster spot. Brussino was claimed off waivers by Atlanta in July.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 8, 2017
This news does not come as an overwhelming surprise, as Brussino has spent significant time in Erie while largely operating in obscurity during stints in Atlanta. Beyond that, the team has an upcoming decision with Tyler Cavanaugh, who has been in the rotation in recent days and is facing the 45-day cap as a two-way player at this point.
It remains to be seen as to how the Hawks will use the open roster spot, though Cavanaugh being signed to a contract for the rest of the season appears to be a distinct possibility or even likelihood. If they do not choose to explore that avenue, Atlanta could scour the free agent market (Sean Kilpatrick? Derrick Jones Jr.?) for additional talent.
For now, we know that Brussino will not be a part of the immediate future and the experiment did not necessarily go as planned for the Hawks. Stay tuned.