With the Atlanta Hawks choosing not to tender a qualifying offer to Charlie Brown Jr. (as well as Skal Labissiere, Damian Jones and DeAndre’ Bembry), the team has both Two-Way slots to work with as the 2020 offseason kicks into high gear. On Thursday afternoon, the Hawks reportedly made a move to fill one of those contracts with an investment in William & Mary center Nathan Knight.
Undrafted William & Mary center Nathan Knight is signing a two-way deal with the Atlanta Hawks, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
Knight acknowledged the signing moments later.
Thank you to the Atlanta Hawks organization for giving me this opportunity. Making my childhood dreams come true! ❤️ https://t.co/a4pKbeeGQ8— Nathan Knight (@nateknght) November 19, 2020
Knight is a true center that was highly productive at the college level. He was a four-year player for William & Mary, averaging 23.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes in his career.
The Hawks have invested heavily in the center position, with Onyeka Okongwu joining Clint Capela, Dewayne Dedmon, Bruno Fernando and even John Collins as options to fill minutes in the middle. However, having a center on a Two-Way pact does make sense for depth purposes, particularly if the Hawks do not plan to acquire another center for the 15-man regular season roster.
Knight was a top-100 player in the 2020 class according to multiple mainstream outlets, with potential consideration in the second round. Under the modified rules for the 2020-21 season, Knight will receive $449,155 on a Two-Way contract and he can be active with the Hawks for up to 50 games, with Atlanta able to have Two-Way players active for a maximum of 80 games total between the two slots.
For more information on Knight and his overall profile, Wes Morton’s full pre-draft scouting report can be found here.