Andrew White and Josh Magette are back with the Atlanta Hawks after the team reportedly called them up from Erie:
Hawks transfer Andrew White and Josh Magette from G-League affiliate in Erie.— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) February 21, 2018
White played well for Atlanta in his debut last week but was sent down to Erie the next day to conserve his 2-way days, which are limited since he signed his contract late in the year. Atlanta does have two open roster spots after buying out Marco Belinelli and trading Luke Babbitt, so it’s possible White will be converted to the regular roster in the coming weeks.
Magette hasn’t been with the Hawks since January 21 and has featured in just one game for the big club since late November. Atlanta relied more heavily on him earlier in the year, but with the emergence of Isaiah Taylor and reemergence of Malcolm Delaney as capable backups to Dennis Schröder, Magette’s services were no longer needed in Atlanta.
These two moves come on the heels of yesterday’s news that the Chicago Bulls will be shutting down Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday in their efforts to “make the proper evaluation”, per John Paxson. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that Atlanta is calling up both of their 2-way guys as the stretch run begins, especially with the race for the top pick as close as it is.