Word broke in mid-June that point guard Josh Magette would reportedly be playing in the Las Vegas Summer League as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. From there, it was further confirmed by Chris Vivlamore of the AJC in revealing 13 players that would be playing for Atlanta.
Now, though, Magette’s status with the team has reportedly reached the next level and that means a contract of some sort for the 2017-2018 season.
The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to terms with Josh Magette on a contract for the 2017-18 season, according to league sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 29, 2017
It should be noted that Magette agreeing to terms for the season does not ensure a roster spot. One year ago, former Michigan State big man Matt Costello inked a two-year pact with the Hawks, only to be cut during training camp. Costello’s contract was largely non-guaranteed, providing cover for Atlanta to make such a move, and that could be the case with Magette. In addition, Magette could be the first recipient of a two-way contract from the Hawks, which would allow the team to maintain flexibility while simultaneously developing what could become a future asset at the position.
Still, the 27-year-old Magette comes with a strong pedigree. He led the G League in assists (9.3 per game) during the 2016-2017 season and he also averaged nearly 16 points per game. Prior to the 2016-2017 NBA season, Magette was the final player cut before the Hawks committed to a 15-man roster and all reports were positive in terms of the way Mike Budenholzer viewed his game. The Hawks, as of this moment, also have only two point guards (Dennis Schröder, Malcolm Delaney) on the roster, shedding light on potential interest.
Specifics on the contract will be crucial in evaluating this move but the Hawks will get a close, personal look at Magette in Las Vegas beginning next week and, from there, a training camp invite seems likely to follow. Stay tuned.