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Hawks add Poythress as final piece to roster

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By Jimmy Trodglen


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Alex Poythress’ journey to find a permanent NBA home took another turn when the Hawks signed the 24-year-old to a two-way contract this week.

Poythress’ opportunity with the Hawks occurred after he was released by the Pacers in early July.

Poythress filled the final two-way spot on the Hawks’ roster, joining Jaylen Adams, who was added in the same capacity. With the Hawks needing depth at small forward, Poythress might be walking into an ideal situation. Poythress, who will turn 25 on Sept. 6, will be with his third NBA team in the past three seasons. He was on the 76ers roster for the final six games of the 2016-17 season, picking up one start.

Following his brief tenure with the 76ers, Poythress was signed by the Pacers where he saw action in 21 games during the 2017-18 season.

The 6-foot-7 Poythress will be eligible to be with the Hawks for 45 days this upcoming season because of limitations of his two-way contract, but he could lock down a permanent spot with the Hawks.

Poythress has spent a bulk of his professional career in the summer league where was an All-Star selection. It was in the summer league where he validated his ability to dominate at small forward, both on offense and defense. Poythress played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants before joining the Pacers.

Poythress’ playing time with the Pacers was limited. He averaged four minutes per game and 1 point.

Poythress became the first player in Pacers’ history to convert his two-way contract into a full NBA contract. He will look for lightning to strike twice with the Hawks, a franchise that has a reputation for developing small forwards and wings, two positions that suit Poythress’ talents.

Poythress was a McDonald’s All-Amerian his senior season at Northeast, before signing with Kentucky where was All-SEC as a freshman.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360