Dec. 15 will mark the unofficial beginning of the NBA trade season, with free agent signings eligible to be traded after signing with their new teams in the summer.
Ahead of that key date, the Atlanta Hawks have announced that they have waived guard Tyrone Wallace on Saturday.
Wallace was claimed by the Hawks off of waivers after the 25 year old guard was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves back in late October. At the time, Wallace provided point guard depth with the Hawks battling injury concerns.
Wallace featured in 14 games for the Hawks in his brief tenure, averaging 2.9 points per game in 11 minutes per game. When Wallace did feature in the rotation, he struggled to make an impact offensively, averaging 31.8% from the field and just 6.7% from three on 1.1 attempts per game.
With Wallace’s release, the Hawks’ roster count now stands at 14 ahead of Dec. 15, though it is worth noting that Atlanta technically has two available roster spots, at least until John Collins is removed from the suspended list. The Hawks have approximately $4.8 million in salary cap space and Atlanta is the only team in the NBA that presents that kind of flexibility at this juncture.
A sign of something to come? Time will tell...