As the summer has progressed and more deals have come to light, the Atlanta Hawks have been in need of adding to their roster count, currently sitting at 13 (in a post-Carmelo Anthony world). That direct tally has not yet been boosted, but ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported on Tuesday evening that forward Alex Poythress has been signed to a two-way contract, with Chris Vivlamore of the AJC confirming the news soon after.
Free agent forward Alex Poythress agrees to a two-way deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 24, 2018
The 24 year old Poythress — undrafted out of Kentucky in 2016, having spent four seasons with the Wildcats — most recently featured for the Indiana Pacers in Summer League after spending time with the Pacers themselves in the NBA (including spells with the Pacers’ G League affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants), as well as a stint in Philadelphia with the 76ers in 2017.
In 25 games with Indiana last season, Poythress saw very little court time, averaging just four minutes per game and unable to show his potential in the few minutes his received, but he received the opportunity to showcase himself in Las Vegas with the Pacers, averaging 12 points per game on 50% shooting from the field.
He joins former St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams as the second and final signing using the NBA’s two-way contract system, introduced last season.