Skylar Mays, an undrafted free agent that signed with the Atlanta Hawks following the 2020 NBA Draft, has signed a Two-Way qualifying offer to stay with the Hawks. The team confirmed the move via press release Thursday afternoon.
Mays appeared in 33 games for the Hawks last season, averaging 3.8 points per game while shooting 35% from three-point range. Mays, a 23-year old guard out of LSU, was with the Hawks’ Summer League team in Las Vegas earlier this month. He was clearly one of the best three players on that roster, as he, along with rookies Jalen Johnson and Sharife Cooper, did much of the heavy lifting in terms of scoring and ball handling with the young group in the desert.
Mays will presumably be depth in the backcourt for Atlanta, while perhaps seeing time in the G League as well. He’s flashed a bit of 3-and-D potential at the shooting guard position, and seems to check all of the character boxes you would want from a young player. He will obviously be behind the likes of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter at the position, but in the event of injuries, rest, or foul trouble, his services could be needed. Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk brings another familiar face back from last season’s roster, as Atlanta returns everyone from last season other than Kris Dunn, Tony Snell, Brandon Goodwin and Bruno Fernando. Training camp opens just over a month from now on Sept. 28.
The Hawks still have one open roster spot, as they have 14 players signed to NBA contracts, with Mays and Cooper signed to the Two-Way slots.