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Posted: 4:29 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

Hawks will wait to make first cuts 

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Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder (17) drives against Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) as Chris Bosh, center, watches during an NBA preseason basketball game, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

By Chris Vivlamore

The Hawks did not make roster cuts Friday and it now appears they will have the 20 player maximum through Sunday's exhibition game against the Pelicans in Biloxi, Miss.

Adonis Thomas, who has not played in either exhibition game, appears to be a candidate to be waived.

On the injury front, John Jenkins (lower back spasms) remains day-to-day. The shooting guard was at practice Friday but it's unlikely he will travel for the game against the Pelicans. His status could be part of the Hawks decision to delay roster cuts. Forward/center Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder) was at practice wearing an ice pack. He said he was disappointed being injured just 3:41 into his Hawks career. “Not good,” Ayon said. “Right now there is inflammation. I will exercise and workout. Now the shoulder is weak.”

Coach Mike Budenholzer offered little details about the rotations or playing time against the Pelicans.

"To be honest with you, Sunday seems like a long time away," Budenholzer said. "I've thought about it a little bit but I will spend more time over the next 48 hours deciding how much or how little to play starters and how much or how little we want to look at guys."

As for Friday's practice, Budenholzer said he continues to work in the team's new defensive system.

"We are adding a little bit more of our defensive package the last few days," he said. "I think offensively, we are a little more focused on improving our execution. We are not necessarily adding a whole lot more offensively. We are just getting better at what we've put in."

Look for my story on Dennis Schroder's adjustment later today on myajc.com (subscription content).

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