Bembry, Labissiere among four Hawks becoming free agents

Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry goes in for a reverse slam over Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson.    Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com
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Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry goes in for a reverse slam over Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

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The Hawks will not extend qualifying offers to Damian Jones, DeAndre’ Bembry, Skal Labissiere or two-way player Charlie Brown, a person familiar with the situation confirmed to the AJC.

Those four players will therefore become unrestricted free agents (free agency begins at 6 p.m. Friday). Of that group of players, it seemed Labissiere was the most likely to receive an offer, since general manager Travis Schlenk said when Labissiere first joined the team that he had tried to acquire him a few times, and since Labissiere was the only pending free agent to participate in Hawks minicamp.

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Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk comments on the team’s intent to add veteran players following the 2020 NBA Draft.

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After disappointing seasons, this isn’t a surprising move for Jones or Bembry.

The Hawks are likely headed for significant roster turnover as they try to go from a 20-47 team to one contending for a playoff spot.

The Athletic first reported the news.

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