The Atlanta Hawks have backed out of contract talks with free-agent big man Marreese Speights after discussing a potential deal with him for a week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The 29-year-old Speights spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers, playing in all 82 games and averaging 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor, 37.2 percent from three-point range and 87.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Prior to his one-year stint with the Clippers, Speights spent three years with the Golden State Warriors, including the 2014-15 season that resulted in a championship.
During that title year, Speights recorded 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game off the bench, making 49.2 percent of his field-goal attempts and 84.3 percent of his foul shots. He had not yet developed a consistent three-point shot at that time.
Speights, who played his college basketball at the University of Florida and was a part of the 2006-07 team that consisted of Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer and won a national title, was originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.
He resided with the 76ers for three years before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies during the summer of 2011.
Speights was with the Grizzlies for just a year and a half before being dealt again, this time to the Cleveland Cavaliers midway through the 2012-13 campaign.
That was his last stop before arriving with the Warriors in 2013-14.
Speights’ ability to score in bunches and spread the floor is certainly valuable in today’s era of floor-spacing big men, so it would not be surprising to see him earn a rather lucrative multi-year deal.