Over the course of a long, 82-game season, players from the Atlanta Hawks will spend time with the G League’s Erie BayHawks and, on Wednesday, the first instance of that came to fruition. The Hawks announced that Daniel Hamilton was assigned to Erie and, in conjunction, two-way guard Jaylen Adams was transferred to the BayHawks.
Neither comes as a significant surprise, especially through the prism of Adams. On a two-way deal, Adams will spend most of the 2018-19 season in Erie and, with both Trae Young and Jeremy Lin healthy (in addition to DeAndre’ Bembry and Kent Bazemore), there wasn’t a clear path to playing time for the St. Bonaventure guard in Atlanta.
As for Hamilton, this is an interesting step. The versatile perimeter player was removed from the injury report last week but, since returning in full, Hamilton has been inactive for Atlanta, with the team choosing to put Adams in uniform instead.
Hamilton is operating on a one-year minimum contract and, while all indications are that he is healthy after missing training camp and the preseason with a shoulder/rotator cuff ailment, this will provide Hamilton with much-needed floor time. It will be interesting to see how long Hamilton spends in Erie but, much like Adams, there does not appear to be a regular role for him at the moment in Atlanta, with Bembry and Kevin Huerter stepping up alongside Bazemore and Taurean Prince on the wings.