Atlanta’s second round pick of the 2017 NBA Draft — and 41st overall — Tyler Dorsey has agreed to a fully guaranteed deal over two year, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Sources: Tyler Dorsey of Oregon -- Atlanta's No. 41 overall draft pick -- has agreed to a fully guaranteed two-year contract.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2017
Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said, after selecting Dorsey, that he thought Tyler had a chance to make the roster and today’s move is a confirmation of that initial feeling.
The timing of this announcement is at least somewhat interesting, as last night it was reported that Tim Hardaway Jr. signed an offer sheet with the New York Knicks worth $71 million over four years.
On draft night, Schlenk said he liked Dorsey’s ability to shoot the three-pointer and — what he found underrated — his ability as a secondary ball-handler.
“Dorsey obviously is a great shooter,” Schlenk said on draft night. “(He shot) 42% from three at Oregon. (He) can really get going offensively... The other thing we like about him that you’re probably not aware of is that he’s a very good secondary ball-handler. He can put the ball on the floor and make plays for others...”
“Can get going offensively”, “great shooter” and a “secondary ball handler”... These characteristics sound very similar to those of Tim Hardaway Jr...
Coincidence or nah?
(You can hear Schlenk speak further about Dorsey in the video below)
Regardless, Dorsey will surely receive an opportunity to make his case to crack the rotation, and he can begin making this case in Las Vegas where the Hawks kick of their Summer League campaign later tonight (July 7th).
Dorsey averaged 14.7 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field and 42% from behind the arc with the Oregon Ducks last season.