The Hawks have agreed to a two-year NBA contract with point guard Brandon Goodwin, according to a person familiar with the situation. Goodwin, who has been playing on a two-way contract this season, is expected to sign the deal Wednesday, with the Hawks set to face the Cavaliers in Cleveland that night. News of the agreement was first reported by The Athletic.
Goodwin, from Norcross High, has appeared in 25 games for the Hawks. He has averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.6 minutes, often providing a spark off the bench. He has a season-high point total of 21 points, done against the Magic on Dec. 30 and the Celtics on Feb. 7, and he’s been able to find playing time even with the Hawks acquiring another backup point guard, Jeff Teague, in January.
“I feel at home,” Goodwin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this season on playing with the Hawks. “It’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.
“It’s been really special. Been talking about it since I signed. Once I get that opportunity, it’s ‘up’ from there. I’m going to make good decisions. I just needed a team, someone that could trust me and give me that role, to come in and boost the offense and defense when I get in.”
On Monday, Goodwin has been named to the Eastern Conference Midseason All-NBA G League Team. Through 17 games with the College Park Skyhawks (16 starts), Goodwin averaged 19.1 points, 7.8 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 34.5 minutes. He recorded the first triple-double in Skyhawks franchise history Dec. 13 when he put up 36 points, 18 assists and 13 rebounds in a win over Greensboro.
Goodwin played 16 games with the Nuggets last season before joining the Hawks on a two-way deal. He was approaching the 45-day maximum he could spend with the Hawks.
Goodwin, who was named 2013 Georgia AAAAAA Player of the Year after leading Norcross to a state championship, played collegiately at Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast, where he was the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year in 2017-18. He went undrafted in 2018.
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