The Atlanta Hawks are working on their 20-man training camp roster, and it appears Thursday morning they added a familiar face. Undrafted rookie guard A.J. Lawson, who played with the Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League, has reportedly agreed to a contract with Atlanta per Keith Smith of Spotrac.
The Atlanta Hawks have signed AJ Lawson, a league source tells @spotrac.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) August 19, 2021
It’s expected that Lawson signed a training camp contract with Atlanta, with the goal for him to eventually land with the Hawks G-League team.
In four games with the Hawks this summer, Lawson averaged 20.9 minutes per game while scoring 4.5 points per game. Lawson shot 26.9% from the floor and 12.5% from three-point range. While these stats are obviously not great, the sample size is extremely small.
Lawson comes into the league after being a three-year starter at South Carolina, where he averaged 14.2 points for his career. Lawson is a long, 6’6 wing who competes hard on both ends of the floor. He shot 34.9% from three for his college career, while his volume on triples did spike in his final season with South Carolina.
Lawson likely just represents a body for camp, with most of the roster seemingly set in place. The Hawks have just one regular season roster spot open, though perhaps Lawson could get a Two-Way as second-round pick Sharife Cooper is currently the only player the Hawks have signed to a Two-Way deal. If Skylar Mays is able to get a real NBA contract from the Hawks or another team, that would leave an open Two-Way slot for Atlanta.
Stay tuned, as this story will be updated if and when this deal is announced by the club.