Jaylen Adams #10 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against (L-R) Ryan Arcidiacono #51, Robin Lopez #42, Lauri Markkanen #24 and Antonio Blakeney #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 03, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Hawks defeated the Bulls 123-118.
Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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Updated: Hawks release Jaylen Adams, open roster spot

The Hawks waived Jaylen Adams on Saturday, releasing the point guard before his $1.45 million contract for the 2019-20 season became guaranteed. The deadline for the full guarantee was July 19.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the move that was later announced by the Hawks.

The Hawks signed Adams to a two-way contract last season and converted it to a standard NBA deal in February. He appeared in 34 games for the Hawks last season and averaged. 3.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 12.6 minutes.

Adams played for the Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Hawks ended the tournament with a 2-3 record after a 80-72 win over the Spurs in a consolation game Friday. Adams had 10 points in the final game. In four games, he averaged 7.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 28.3 minutes. He shot just 25 percent from the field on 9 of 36 shooting.

The move gives the Hawks a roster of 13 players. The Hawks are looking to sign another veteran to the roster and a second two-way player. One of those signings would likely be a point guard. The Hawks plan to leave open one roster spot for the start of the season.

The 6-foot-2 Adams played four years at St. Bonaventure. As a senior in 2017-18 he, averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 37.0 minutes. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Year and an AP Honorable Mention All-American as a senior. He was First Team All-Conference in each of his final three collegiate seasons.

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