Jaylen Adams of the Atlanta Hawks poses for portraits during media day at Emory Sports Medicine Complex on September 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Hawks plan to covert Jaylen Adams’ two-way contract

The Hawks plan to fill one of their needed two roster spots by converting the two-way contract of rookie guard Jaylen Adams to an NBA deal.

The pending move, first reported by ESPN and confirmed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will give Adams a partial guaranteed for next season.

The move would bring the Hawks’ roster to 13 players. They need to add one more in the coming days. The Hawks bought out veteran point guard Jeremy Lin earlier this week and lost Daniel Hamilton during a trade deadline move.

The Hawks signed Adams to a two-way contract last summer. He has appeared in 10 games for the Hawks and averaged 1.3 points in 4.5 minutes. In 19 games for the Erie Bayhawks, the Hawks’ G League affiliate, Adams averaged 15.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 32.4 minutes.

Adams is currently with the Hawks. He practiced on Wednesday and is listed as probable for Thursday’s game against the Knicks with a right ankle sprain.

“I’ve been doing this for awhile and it’s a great opportunity to evaluate guys,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said of the team’s pending roster moves on Wednesday. “Certain players are late bloomers who come up. … It’s a good opportunity to bring in a couple of guys on 10 day (contracts) and see what other opportunities come.”

The Hawks need a backup point guard after the buyout of Lin. DeAndre Bembry played the spot in Tuesday’s win over the Lakers with Lin gone and Adams injured. 

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