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Former Cat hoping for ‘consistent opportunity’ with new NBA team

Alex Poythress averaged just over four minutes in only 25 games last season for the Pacers and was waived by the team ahead of his contract becoming guaranteed. The Atlanta Hawks have signed him to a two-way contract.
Alex Poythress averaged just over four minutes in only 25 games last season for the Pacers and was waived by the team ahead of his contract becoming guaranteed. The Atlanta Hawks have signed him to a two-way contract. AP Photo

Alex Poythress, the former Kentucky player who has managed to get a few of looks in the NBA each season since he graduated, is looking to make the most of his latest chance with the Atlanta Hawks.

And a story published Wednesday on AJC.com indicates the Hawks will be fully committed to him as well.

“I feel like I’m at the end of my (developmental stage),” Poythress said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I just want an opportunity to showcase my skills. In my first two years, I’ve had some opportunity here and there. I just want to find a place where I can get a consistent opportunity.”

Poythress, a 6-foot-7 forward, agreed to terms on a two-way contract with the Hawks in a deal that was officially announced this week. A two-way contract allows the Hawks to assign Poythress to its G League affiliate, the Erie (Pa.) BayHawks, and call him up as needed to bolster the roster. If he’s up for more than 45 days, the Hawks have to sign Poythress to a full contract.

Poythresss will be reunited with Lloyd Pierce, the Hawks’ new head coach. Pierce was an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that gave Poythress his first real look in the NBA in 2017.

Poythress became a free agent this summer when the Pacers opted to not pick up his option., but he played for the Pacers in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds. Poythress was brought on to the full roster by the Pacers last season, but only averaged about four minutes per game with limited appearances.

For his NBA career, the undrafted Poythress has made 31 appearances with the Pacers and the 76ers in two seasons, averaging 2.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game. He has shown a reliable outside shot, especially from the corner at three-point range.

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