The Atlanta Hawks have signed both Gary Neal and Lamar Patterson to 10-day contracts during the season but, for the most part, the team has operated with only two point guards. With that in mind, head coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer indicated on Thursday afternoon that adding a third option to the mix was a priority in the near future.
Budenholzer said he anticipates getting a 3rd PG, either now at deadline or bringing back a FA like Neal or Patterson.— KL Chouinard (@KLChouinard) February 23, 2017
Bud says whether it's at deadline or after getting a third point guard is in plans.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 23, 2017
While both Neal and Patterson have been referenced as “third point guard” options by Budenholzer and the Hawks staff, neither are pure fits at the position. Patterson has played their at various times and Atlanta seems to value him as a player, but Dennis Schröder and Malcolm Delaney have occupied the large bulk of the non-garbage time minutes at the position this season.
It remains to be seen as to whether the Hawks will add another point guard before the 3:00 pm ET trade deadline but, even if they don’t, keep an eye on the team for another roster move in the coming days.