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The Atlanta Hawks now have 14 players on the roster with the recent signing of Sy, and despite most teams willingness to bring 17 or 18 players to training camp, the Hawks seem set.
“Our team is set for training camp,” Hawks GM Rick Sund told the Atlanta Journal-Constituion. “We are a veteran team. And with the young guys Teague, [Jordan] Crawford and Pape, our focus is on getting more reps for them.”
Interesting decision that probably has to do with money more than anything else. Hopefully there aren’t any injuries.
The Atlanta Hawks officially announced the signing of second-round draft choice Pape Sy today. Sy, the 53rd pick in this year’s NBA Draft, is now set to join the Hawks for training camp at the end of the month.
My colleague Bronn Tallant pointed out in this StoryStream last week that the Hawks reached a buyout agreement with Sy’s French club, Le Havre, so this news should come as no surprise.
The Hawks’ official release touts Sy’s size (the Hawks list him at 6-foot-7), versatility, and performance in pre-draft workouts. It also quotes assistant GM Dave Pendergraft as terming Sy “an interesting prospect.” Still, he only averaged 5.2 points per game in three years with Le Havre, so it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be an immediate contributor in the NBA.
I’m just going to toss this one over to Hoopinion, who is really doing all the work on this one. It’s the official team site of STB Le Havre, so it should be considered reputable.
What this teams for Sy and the Hawks is unclear on many levels. Sy was utilized as a back-up point guard in Summer League, despite the Hawks’ disclosure that they thought of him as more of a small forward where he would be more useful for the Hawks. Additionally, the Hawks have just signed Etan Thomas, and given their penny pinching ways, it would be unusual to see them carry more than the 13 man roster minimum. However, they’ve also shown a reluctance to utilize their D-League affiliate to develop their draft picks.
With Sy having officially cut ties with his former club, the path is clear for him to join the Hawks for training camp. It will be interesting to see what decision they reach in regards to Sy.
Earlier in this StoryStream, we noted that The Hoops Market reported the Atlanta Hawks bought out Pape Sy’s contract with the French team Le Havre, which theoretically meant Sy, the 53rd pick in this year’s NBA Draft, could join the Hawks this season. But Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution disputes that report:
Maybe Sy won’t be taking his talents stateside after all. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more information on Sy and the Hawks’ other rookies as it becomes available.
According to The Hoops Market, an international basketball website, the Atlanta Hawks have bought out the contract of Pape Sy, whom they selected with the 53rd overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, from his French club. This move may clear the way for Sy to join the Hawks this season.
As The Hoops Market notes, Sy averaged just 5.2 points and 1.7 points for Le Havre. The pick perplexed draft expert Jonathan Givony on draft night, prompting him to make this observation:
The Atlanta Hawks made one of the more perplexing moves of the second round in this year’s NBA Draft when they selected little-known Pape Sy with the 53rd overall pick.
Now, perhaps more surprisingly, Hawks’ GM Dave Pendergraft has said there’s a “slight chance” that they’ll buy Sy out of his European contract so that they can include him on Atlanta’s training camp roster this fall according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions’ Michael Cunningham.
Pendergraft didn’t elaborate on Atlanta’s reasoning for the change of heart. But considering how the Hawks praised Sy’s competitiveness and physical tools in camp, I’m assuming they see him as a guy who could eventually help as a wing defender. Plus Sy, who has one year left on his French deal, would come cheaply as a second-round pick.
The 6-foot-7 Sy played two games for the Hawks during the Vegas Summer League, averaging 4.5 points.
Chris Craft is the latest Peachtree Hoops Scribe to dismiss the Hawks’ draft as a bit of a letdown. Though he acknowledges the Hawks “should be happy with the addition of Jordan Crawford” with the 27th overall pick, he also believes the Hawks should have addressed their need for a big man:
My beef is with the botching of making a second draft pick that could have filled a serious need for the team. There was a string of 6’11" or taller players that were picked late in last night’s draft by teams that recognize the importance of size in a winning equation.
The Hawks’ other pick, small forward Pape Sy, will likely remain overseas to gain experience, which again leaves the Hawks with only Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia at center.
Under the scathing title “Atlanta Hawks Choose Cash Over Winning.”
To sum it up, the Hawks traded down, and got some cash. Why trade down and help a team if you are not going to even use the extra pick you got to trade down to help your roster?
My sentiments exactly. More on this tomorrow, hoping clearer heads will find more to say about this.
You may remember Jordan Crawford as the guy who dunked on LeBron to Nike’s displeasure. He’s just joined a roster stocked with another J. Crawford, plus a Josh Smith, Joe Smith, and Joe Johnson (for the moment).
Far more disturbing than the promise of seeing JO. and JA. CRAWFORD name plates is the sale of the Hawks’ freshly acquired 31st pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for cash money.
Details are very sketchy on second-round pick Pape Sy. The first two Google results for his name disagree on his height by four entire inches. That’s never a good sign. Peachtree Hoops is on the case.
Also, Georgia Tech forward Gani Lawal was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 46th pick. The pick went off without a hitch, as Lawal’s vitals are easily accessible via search engine and the Arizona economy seems able to absorb the financial burden of actually drafting a second-round NBA player.
From Peachtree Hoops:
UPDATE: There is a trade afoot that will get the Hawks two picks later in the draft.
From Woj @ Y! Sports (via Twitter): Nets struck a deal to get the Hawks pick at No. 24, and grab Texas forward Damion James. Hawks get Nets’ picks at 27 and 31, source says.
More on this pick later…for now, tune into the draft thread for immediate reaction.
Making one of tonight’s many rumors official, the New Jersey Nets selected Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors with the third overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. Only John Wall (of Kentucky) and Evan Turner (of Ohio State) were drafted ahead of the Atlanta-area product.
Another rumor is that the Nets drafted Favors because he was the most valuable trade chip available with the third pick, so stay tuned to see if they hold onto him or swap him with a team in need of some size and defensive intensity.
For the Hawks perspective, check in with Peachtree Hoops’ open thread throughout the day. Tech hoops fans are invited to reminisce on the Thrillerdome tenures of Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal at From The Rumble Seat.
From ESPN this morning:
Barring a last-minute change in thinking, the New Jersey Nets will select Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors over Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson with the No. 3 pick, ESPN.com was told Thursday morning.
According to a source with knowledge of the selection, the Nets made the decision because they are not guaranteed to get a power forward like Utah’s Carlos Boozer, Toronto’s Chris Bosh or Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire in free agency.
The source said that Favors is also the most tradeable asset available to the Nets for a possible deal — more so than Johnson. The source said the Nets might make a deal Thursday night after selecting Favors or wait to see if one comes in July during the free-agency period. The source said if the Nets make a deal they would have to include the pick of Favors.
Good recognition for Favors and Tech, too bad the Jackets couldn’t harness that talent into more success on the court this past year.
It could happen, as Ken Suguira notes. Tech forward Derrick Favors played high school ball at South Atlanta, while his front court mate Gani Lawal and Wake Forest small forward Al-Farouq Aminu were teammates at nearby Norcross.
Click through for NBA workout videos starring Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal.
SB Nation Atlanta has a Hawks-centric preview of the NBA draft. Check it out here.
The Atlanta Hawks have the 24th pick in this year's NBA draft, and while that won't allow them to replace any unhappy stars wanting to skip town, it may help them add a valuable piece to their already young squad that could help them win now or continue building for the future.
Peachtree Hoops participated in the SB Nation mock draft and landed Texas forward Damion James, a very athletic and nice pick at that spot, but it's doubtful he will be available on the actual draft day.
The Hawks could also focus on acquiring a big man. There are many different ways that the Hawks could go in this draft. Michale Cunningham of the AJC outlines the Hawks' thinking:
As they wind down their draft preparations, GM Rick Sund, assistant GM Dave Pendergraft, Hawks scouts and L.D. must decide if they want to draft a player with a skill (or skills) that can help the team now but with limited upside, or take a prospect who likely won't see minutes early but could develop later into a good NBA player. The Hawks are compiling a list of players in each pool.
For one of the most extensive looks at the Hawks options in the NBA draft, check out the piece by SB Nation Atlanta's very own Bronn Tallant. Follow this stream for draft day updates.