Hawks plan to sign Ryan Kelly, release Edy Tavares

The Atlanta Hawks have released center Edy Tavares and plan to bring in forward Ryan Kelly to fill his spot on the roster, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Tavares, a 7-3 big man, has played in 11 career NBA games and has averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest. Due to his size, Tavares has potential on the defensive end of the court as a rebounder and rim protector, but he may not be ready to contribute at the NBA level quite yet. He made the Hawks out of the preseason and was seen as the final player to make the roster. This move more or less confirms that. As Atlanta likely has their eyes set on the postseason, they presumably wanted another player who could contribute this season.

The Hawks also announced that forward Mike Scott will be out for about a month as he undergoes “a series of non-surgical procedures for knee soreness.” Scott is yet to play this season due to those knee issues, but upon his return, he figures to be a main part of the team’s frontcourt rotation.

Scott’s injury helps to explain why the Hawks are reportedly targeting Kelly as an additional big man despite only having two point guards on the roster. Kelly spent training camp and part of the preseason with the Hawks before he was waived on October 19. In three NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Duke product has averaged 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game.

The Hawks have started the season 2-0 with wins over the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

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