With training camp set to begin for NBA teams, we are seeing invites left and right being sent out to undrafted rookies, guys coming from overseas and veterans trying to land another gig in the league. The Atlanta Hawks aren’t exempt from the teams handing out these training camp invitations.
This week it was announced that the Hawks would be inviting veteran point guard Royal Ivey and veteran wing Damien Wilkins to training camp, both reports coming from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Both players spent last season playing with the Philadelphia 76ers, neither having a great deal of success in Philly.
With the Sixers last season, the 31-year-old Ivey appeared in just 53 games, averaging 13.2 minutes per game. For the year he averaged only 3.2 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists while shooting 43.1 percent from the floor and 42 percent from three, though he finished the year with a PER of a meager 8.12.
Wilkins’ season wasn’t a great deal better in Philadelphia as he played in 61 games averaging 18 minutes per game. He averaged 6.4 points, 1.5 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field 33.3 percent from long-distance, finishing the year with a PER of 12.54.
As far as how the two players could potentially fit with the Hawks, it doesn’t seem like there’s much room for Ivey on their roster. With Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroeder and the non-guaranteed contract of Shelvin Mack already on the books, there’s really no need for the Hawks to add another point guard.
Wilkins is a little more interesting, especially with the uncertain timetable for the return of Lou Williams. If Williams is unable to start the season, the Hawks could need to add another player on the wings, a role the 33-year-old Wilkins could fill. Their future obviously depends on their performance in the preseason, but there’s a chance at least one of the two players could make Atlanta’s final roster.
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