Coming into training camp and the NBA preseason, the Atlanta Hawks invited a plethora of guards to try and fill out their backcourt, especially with Lou Williams’ return to action from a knee injury he suffered last year being rather indefinite. One such guard was 31-year-old guard Royal Ivey.
Ivey was essentially competing with 23-year-old Shelvin Mack for the third point guard spot in the Hawks rotation. After an underwhelming preseason from Ivey where he didn’t really do anything to catch anyone’s eye, though, the Hawks decided to waive the veteran, as reported by Lang Greene of HoopsWorld.
Over nine seasons in the league, Ivey has played in 490 games and had varying degrees of success while playing for four different franchises. Overall, he has averaged 3.3 points one assist, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 12.6 minutes per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the floor and 36.2 percent from long-range.
Though there’s obviously the chance that another team could reach out to the nine-year veteran, Greene discussed another possibility in his report.
In the report, Ivey told Greene that he’s aware that the end of his career is near and that, when his career has concluded, he would like to enter the coaching ranks, presumably in the NBA. Ivey also said that he wants to play at least a 10th NBA season in the bag before considering retirement and a foray into coaching, but the prospect is certainly in the back of his mind right now.
There’s obviously no clear-cut way to predict how former players will fare when they get into coaching, but there is a recent history of former point guards doing well as coaches in this league with guys like Mark Jackson and the miniscule preseason sample size from Jason Kidd. We shall see if Ivey is the next player to join those guys in the future.