Jaylen Morris of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball against the Indiana Pacers on February 28, 2018 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  
Photo: Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images
Photo: Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

Hawks waive guard Jaylen Morris

The Hawks waived Jaylen Morris on Thursday. The agent for the shooting guard asked for his release to pursue other opportunities after being told Morris would not be on the team’s opening day roster.

The shooting guard appeared in six games for the Hawks last season. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.3 minutes. 

Morris was on the Hawks’ entry in the recently completed summer leagues in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. In three games in Salt Lake City, Morris averaged 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 17.7 minutes. In six games in Las Vegas, he averaged 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.3 minutes.

Morris will consider several opportunities, perhaps a two-way contract with another NBA team. There are also several compelling opportunities overseas.

Morris had a non-guaranteed contract worth $1.378 million for next season. He signed a multi-year deal with the Hawks in March after he joined the team on two 10-day contracts.

The Hawks have a roster of 14 with 13 guaranteed contracts. Antonius Cleveland is the non-guaranteed contract.

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