Hawks assign Hardaway Jr., Tavares to D-League

The Hawks have assigned Tim Hardaway Jr. and Edy Tavares to the NBA Development League. The two will play for the Canton Charge via the flexible assignment system.

Canton Charge’s upcoming schedule includes games at the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Friday and versus the Iowa Energy on Saturday.

Hardaway Jr. can be assigned to the D-League because he has three years or under of NBA experience. The guard, obtained in a draft night trade with the Knicks for the Hawks’ first-round pick this year, has played sparingly this season. He has appeared in four games in making his debut on Nov. 24 and played 44 minutes with a total of 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block. He has been inactive seven games, including the past two. Hardaway is said to be looking forward to an opportunity to play.

Tavares will make his second D-League stint of the season having played two games for the Austin Spurs. The rookie center has also played sparingly. He appeared in three games for a total of five minutes with one point, one rebound and one assist. He has been inactive for 11 games. With the Austin Spurs, Tavares averaged 16.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in 29 minutes with a double-double in each game.

The assignments continue a Hawks philosophy of securing playing time for its young players as part of their development system. The assignments are not expected to be long-term.