Hawks ink Sefolosha, waive Salmons as free agency begins
With NBA free agency officially underway, the Atlanta Hawks have executed two separate deals to improve the roster and clear up salary-cap space -- signing Thabo Sefolosha and waiving John Salmons.
Thabo Sefolosha, one of the NBA's better on-the-ball defenders,
cumulatively drained 139 of 329 three-pointers for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons -- for a 42-percent clip.
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ATLANTA -- With NBA free agency officially under way, the Atlanta Hawks have executed two separate deals to improve the roster and clear up salary-cap space.
On Thursday, the Hawks released veteran forward John Salmons, who was acquired in the trade with the Toronto Raptors -- along with a second-round pick in 2015 -- for guard Lou Williams and big man Lucas Nogueira, Atlanta's first-round pick last summer.
On Friday, the club signed guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha to a multiyear deal (reportedly three years, $12 million).
The eight-year veteran and 2006 first-rounder averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, but Sefolosha's primary contribution comes in the form of being a terrific on-the-ball defender against some of the NBA's most versatile wing players.
Also, for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, Sefolosha cumulatively drained 139 of 329 three-pointers -- for a 42-percent clip.
With the moves, the Hawks are still well under the salary cap (projected number: $63.2 million) by roughly $17 million.
And thanks to the Miami-or-Cleveland stalemate involving LeBron James -- essentially putting the NBA on temporary shut-down mode until this major domino falls -- Atlanta still has numerous free agents to pursue in the coming days.