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Hawks to sign Tahjere McCall to training camp contract

McCall played well in Summer League for the Hawks

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Day 8 - Atlanta Hawks v San Antonio Spurs Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

According to a league source, the Atlanta Hawks have come to a deal with Tahjere McCall to bring him to training camp. He’ll sign an Exhibit 10 contract to be a part of the team during preseason. Amico Hoops’ Ben Stinar was the first to report the deal.

McCall was one of the lone bright spots for a lowly Hawks Summer League outfit in early July. He’ll have his chance in camp to earn the team’s final roster spot, though the history of Exhibit 10 players earning a spot on a team’s regular season roster is extremely limited.

McCall is a strong defensive player with a rather limited offensive skillset. The latter will be what holds him back from a full-fledged NBA career. He’s a smart and physical defender, not unlike current Hawk DeAndre’ Bembry, but has similar shortcomings offensively.

Given the makeup of the roster and the general nature of Exhibit 10 contracts, it’s hard to imagine that McCall has a significant chance at being No. 15 on the Hawks’ roster when the regular season opens next month, but he’s earned his shot at it.

McCall joins Ray Spalding, Armoni Brooks, and Marcus Derrickson in Atlanta’s camp, alongside the 14 regular rostered players and the club’s pair of two-way players.

Stay tuned.