Atlanta Hawks: Free agent Damion James gets camp invite

The Hawks invited free agent Damion James to veteran’s camp and the forward’s agent told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that he plans to accept.

James, like free agent James Anderson, will join the Hawks on a summer contract that would become a non-guaranteed one-year deal if he makes the roster. James and Anderson will compete to fill the role of defensive-minded wing that Hawks GM Danny Ferry is seeking.

The Hawks selected James with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 draft and traded him that night to New Jersey for guard Jordan Crawford. James, 24, played in just 32 games for the Nets and had his 2011-12 season cut short by a foot injury that eventually required surgery.

“I’m excited for the opportunity that Damion has to show people that kind of player he was going to be before the foot injury,” agent Mark Bartelstein told Wojnarowski. “He’s healthy now, and this is an ideal situation for him in Atlanta.”

The Hawks currently have 12 players signed to guaranteed contracts for the 2012-13 season; the roster limit is 15. In addition, Ferry said second-round draft pick Mike Scott received some salary guarantees as part of hi two-year contract and will be part of the final roster.

The Hawks also extended a qualifying offer of about $960,000 to restricted free agent Ivan Johnson and would have the opportunity to match if Johnson signs an offer sheet with another team. Because the Hawks do not own Johnson’s Bird rights and used the full mid-level exception to sign Lou Williams, they would not be able to match any offer sheet for Johnson that’s for more than the bi-annual exception of $1.957 million.

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Bertie

September 11th, 2012
6:14 pm

Bertie

September 11th, 2012
6:17 pm

As a UT alum, I followed Damion’s college career and he is a heck of a player. A little undersized to play the 4 in the NBA as he did in college but if he stays healthy he should make the team and contribute.

uga

September 11th, 2012
6:30 pm

great signee……i would still like to see us deal stevenson and williams for travis outlaw or austin daye….someone with some experience

steven a smith

September 11th, 2012
6:38 pm

I like the Travis Outlaw idea. Could be a solid starter for next season and beyond. He could stretch the floor when he played for the Trailblazers.

MsDee

September 11th, 2012
7:33 pm

Travis Outlaw is garbage now..I like Austin Daye better

lewis

September 11th, 2012
7:36 pm

the above 5 posters are insane

Najeh Davenpoop

September 11th, 2012
8:18 pm

FTPB

“Nets are severely underrated, if they could get a decent defending/rebounding C to put next to or behind Lopez they can challenge anyone.”

I don’t remember which NBA blog recently posted an article about this (one of the ones that posts a lot of advanced stat videos), but the Nets could end up being a really bad defensive team next season, if everyone repeats their performances from last year. In particular, their front court is not going to be good defensively.

They have firepower, no doubt, and they are probably going to be at least a top 5 team in the East, but it’s hard to consider them serious contenders when you think about the possibility of Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries having to get stops. I’d still put the Heat and Pacers firmly ahead of them going into the season.

S MAC

September 11th, 2012
8:26 pm

I think the Hawks should go hard after Corey Brewer he is the best end to end runner in the league. A great long defender at 6′9 and he create havoc in general on the defensive end of the court and knock down the corner 3 ball. I very cap friendly contract I think this us going to be a breakout year from C..Brewer…

Astro Joe

September 11th, 2012
8:26 pm

Outlaw has 3 years left on his deal and is not worth losing valuable cap space next summer. Daye fits better only because he is only guaranteed one more year on his deal. But I would fear that he would be yet another long-distance chucker on a team that doesn’t need anymore perimeter shooters.

I’ll be rooting for James to make the team (and stay healthy). I think he can show himself to be a solid rotation player if he can stay upright and mobile for more than a handful of games.

EmirS.

September 11th, 2012
8:29 pm

I think its amazing how fast this off-season has gone by. Less than 2 months untill the start of the season? Just crazy. I hope we are doing the AJC Fantasy League again.

Atm, I’m not excited about any of the camp invitees, which is as expected. But I am very eager to see the final rosters before tip-off.

Astro Joe

September 11th, 2012
8:37 pm

S Mac, if Brewer stays in Denver, it will be very hard to have a breakout year when he will be the 4th wing on a team with Iguodala, Gallinari and Wilson Chandler. Someone suggested him a month or so ago and he would be a nice fit on the Hawks (he fits the Hawks much better than he does the Nuggets).

Rev in Tampa

September 11th, 2012
8:42 pm

Will this James fellow play SF exclusively or compete for playing time at PF? If he is considered a PF then we seem to have a glut of people at that position.

S MAC

September 11th, 2012
8:42 pm

Corey Brewer is the ideal fit he brings it every night on the defensive end always giving 150% and is a great cutter without the ball… The Hawks said that they want to get out and run more well here is your guy…. 70% of his points came out in transition… Brewer and Smooth would be something to see high flying all over the factor..

Astro Joe

September 11th, 2012
8:45 pm

Rev, I’m pretty sure that James is considered more SF than PF. But, again, he has played in 32 NBA games in his career, so he is closer to being a rookie than Ivan.

S MAC

September 11th, 2012
8:50 pm

Astro Joe you are very right about if he stays in Denver it would be hard to breakout… I just hope we go after C.Brewer… I think I’m promoting him so much I have become the president of the Corey Brewer fan club..

rainman34

September 11th, 2012
8:56 pm

Im on the Brewer train that would be the perfect 3 for this team. Does anyone have Dannys number? haha. I also like james alot he reminds me a little of Gerald Wallace.

Rev in Tampa

September 11th, 2012
9:17 pm

Reality Check…

I am still not expecting a playoff appearance for this year’s Hawks team. The most important accomplishment for this year’s team is cap space next season.

pointguardslim

September 11th, 2012
9:34 pm

Damion James and Travis Outlaw. The campaign to surround Josh Smith with non-talent continues. You go Atlanta!

steven a smith

September 11th, 2012
9:35 pm

Are there any free agent small forwards out there who can stay in front of Durant or Lebron moving forward? Anyone becoming an unrestricted FA next summer who is considered “elite”? I don not think so. Last checked Carmelo is not available. Could Corey Brewer guard these guys? LMAO!!!

pointguardslim

September 11th, 2012
9:37 pm

cap space for next season. What do you plan on doing next year? I seriously doubt D12 or Paul are leaving LA.

ATL fans must be praying for Major Injuries to poach other teams talent. Stay classy guys. smdh

steven a smith

September 11th, 2012
9:39 pm

If MWP were younger, and came with his physchiatrist, he is the only defender tough enough to guard LBJ.(Metta World Peace). Guess Ivan is as close to MWP as we are going to get.

steven a smith

September 11th, 2012
9:41 pm

pointguardslim

September 11th, 2012
9:37 pm

“Money talks and __ __ walks brother. Anything is possible to those that believe.

S MAC

September 11th, 2012
9:54 pm

Steven A you sound very stupid who could guard Bron and KD??? That person would have a max deal already…. I bet one thing for sure they not just going to walk over Corey Brewer he will fight til the end unlike half of the league don’t sleep this dude got talent…

Rev in Tampa

September 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

PGS,

Do you seriously believe this Hawks team is built for a championship run? What is your goal ‘as a fan’ for this Hawks team?

I doubt you have very high expectations for this year’s team, so I am surmising that you are being negative for the sake of being negative. To be negative for the sake of being negative is to be negative-minded. And, as we all know from Mr. Strickland, to be NEGATIVE-MINDED is akin to being ANAL-MINDED.

steven a smith

September 11th, 2012
10:03 pm

I am warming up to the idea of having Al Horford as my starting PF. Josh Smith as my starting SF. Now, just bring us a shot-blocker to the middle and we are still a play-off team(as long as Josh isn’t forced to shoot jumpers). Zsa Zsa Gabor is just too plain clumsey to start and major liability on defense.

steven a smith

September 11th, 2012
10:08 pm

S MAC

September 11th, 2012
9:54 pm

Don’t get me wrong, i like Corey Brewer. I watched him play here in Florida, Howeva, if he is on the floor, S MAC, your starting line-up is way too small to compete. We would be back to a 1st round team only, exit early my friend. “SIZE MATTERS”

Rev in Tampa

September 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

steven a smith,

I have never felt that Horford has the foot-speed to keep up as well with elite PF’s. But he does have the quickness to run rings around traditional centers. That is what makes his mid-range jumper so effective – centers cannot get out to him quick enough. And if they run at him he can drive past them. He is undersized but still able to play acceptable defense on the traditional centers. If Horford moves to PF then, IMO, he becomes very pedesterian.

Of late, my gripe with Horford is his softness. He is not utilizing his potential.

dap01

September 11th, 2012
10:18 pm

The Hawks have too many small pieces to the puzzle. There needs to be a 2 for 1 trade or two. We need more quality and less quantity.

S MAC

September 11th, 2012
10:36 pm

Steven A I agree with you 100% that the Hawks are to small but Brewer is 6′9 and bigger than any 2 guard and small forward on the team… Morrow 6′5 or Stevenson 6′5, James Anderson 6′6 or James 6′7…

i_am_soulstar

September 11th, 2012
11:06 pm

Rev in Tampa
September 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

steven a smith,

I have never felt that Horford has the foot-speed to keep up as well with elite PF’s. But he does have the quickness to run rings around traditional centers. That is what makes his mid-range jumper so effective – centers cannot get out to him quick enough. And if they run at him he can drive past them. He is undersized but still able to play acceptable defense on the traditional centers. If Horford moves to PF then, IMO, he becomes very pedesterian.

Of late, my gripe with Horford is his softness. He is not utilizing his potential.
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Agreed. Horford is best deployed as a center for all those reasons. He was a great PF in college, but he needs to get over his Gator days. I haven’t dug up any statistics to support it, but when we have played him at PF, he doesn’t look that great at the position IMO.

i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
1:42 am

I find this interesting about Damion. In the 2010-2011 season, (only playing 25 games, so small sample size), he was #10 in NBA rebounding rate for all small forwards as a rookie, and #6 in defensive rebounding rate for all NBA small forwards. Not bad for a rookie. He’ll shine in camp and pre-season if he can grab boards.

vava74

September 12th, 2012
5:37 am

Both Damion Jones and James Anderson are good candidates for reclamation projects.

Both are first round picks and both were stars in the respective college teams.

Both could – with proper coaching, nurturing and development – become solid NBA rotation players.

Just think of them as extra first round draft picks since they are certainly young enough and talent enough to deserve a shot.

Moreover, they have fallen off the wagon due to injury and not due to lack of character and the mental skills necessary to survive the rigours of the NBA.

If they were nut cases or lazy/undisciplined guys like for instance Darius Miles, Stromile Swift… I would not touch them but in this case I think it is a good gamble.

Just Joe

September 12th, 2012
7:40 am

soulstar…..in that same season (10/11), James allowed an opponents PER of 9.2 at the SF spot. That’s outstanding. Again though, we’re talking 25 games total. I am also encouraged by the fact that James was the starting SF for the Nets last year until he got hurt. That was a bad team though.

ag

September 12th, 2012
8:00 am

I am a lot disappointed because I was looking at us to make a trade. We do have a couple of project guys – but do projects in basketball win championships? Every blue moon a project guy will develop into a serviceable player. The last couple of projects we invested in (Magnum Rolle, etc

ag

September 12th, 2012
8:31 am

Add Hilton Armstrong and Pape Sy to that list of projects – okay not Pape Sy, but Armstrong a top 10 pick, a big, and out of the NBA. I think Grandpa thinks Benson is of the simular mold, but he showed me a lot in the Summer League. He has a nice scoring touch around the basket and he really made a impact a couple of games.

ag

September 12th, 2012
8:32 am

I do wish we can trade some quanity for quality, a 2 for 1.

Buddy Grizzard

September 12th, 2012
8:46 am

The last project we invested in? Ivan Johnson. How did that turn out? Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April.

Just Joe

September 12th, 2012
8:56 am

ag…this is not a championship year by any means. It’s a year where Ferry will hopefully identify the pieces that he wants to build around.

Ferry now has 3 late first rd picks (John Jenkins, James Anderson & Damion James), and two second rd picks (Jordan Williams & Mike Scott) to evaluate (along with a lame duck coach). Are there any quality backups in this group? Is there a future starter or two? Can any of these guys be ready to play big minutes by the trade deadline when guys like Harris, Morrow, Stevenson, Petro, and Korver will likely wind up on other teams?

What would a team of Teague, LouWill, Smith, Ivan, Horford, and Pachulia look like when supported by cast-offs and unproven rookies like Jenkins, Anderson, James, Williams, and Scott??? That may be what we look like after the trade deadline.

The ideal situation for this year (IMO) will be to establish an offensive & defensive philosophy for how Ferry wants this team to play, evaluate & develop the younger talent, and win enough games that you start developing the winning culture that Ferry talks about (which has to do with the perception of your players, your fans, opposing players, free agents, the media, etc…).

Combine all of that with successful trades of veterans for draft picks, and Houston grabbing the 8th spot out West (which means we get their 1st & 2nd rd picks), and I’ll be more than satisfied with this season.

Big expectations for next summer though!!!

Ken Strickland

September 12th, 2012
9:05 am

With James and Anderson being signed to minimum make good contracts, it appears Ferry isn’t interested in taking on any additional salary beyond this yr. The SF he covets will likely come from one of the players we’ll have in training camp, namely Josh, Morrow, Korver, Jenkins, Anderson, James, Stephenson.

With 7 of our newly acquired players becoming FAs after the season(Petro, JWilliams, Morrow, Korver, Anderson, James, and Stephenson), assuming they all make the 15 man roster, it looks like this will be a season that’s focused on player and coaching evaluations. Of course we all know there will likely be others invited to camp, like maybe everyones favorite(KBenson).

Astro Joe

September 12th, 2012
9:08 am

Great post, Just Joe.

coachroy

September 12th, 2012
9:26 am

look like nets 2011-2012 starter are now the hawks 2012-2013 bench and role players. Morrow,Harris,Stevenson,Petro,Williams,James

Mike is Back

September 12th, 2012
9:33 am

MC, I think James has the talent to make the team…I was raving about him during summer league that year after we trading him…he was lighting it up…then he got caught in the shuffle with the Nets and disappear. I think it was a GREAT MOVE by Danny to give him a shot. James is a defensive minded SF.

Sure hope we get tha Animal Back.lol

GO DANNY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ken Strickland

September 12th, 2012
10:26 am

This is going to be a very interesting and potentially exciting season. I still think we’ll make the playoffs, because we do have considerable talent. We definitely won’t have any problem scoring, but it will be DEF that determines how far we can go. We saw what Josh could do with the extra shot attempts he got with Horford’s absence.

With the extra shots he’ll receive with JJ gone, Horford’s 2010 15.3PPG should increase from 15.3PPG to somewhere close to JJs level of production(18.8PPG). We all know that DHarris at SG is a major upgrade over Hinrich, and we can also expect a noticeable increase in JTeague’s production as well.

With Josh and Horford averaging in the 17-19PPG range, with the expected increase in production from JTeague, and with Harris definitely being an upgrade at SG over Hinrich, the production at SF will be the only thing that would keep this starting lineup from being better than last yrs. You add shooters like Morrow, LWilliams, Korver, and Jenkins, and you definitely have a chance to be exciting.

sam'l

September 12th, 2012
10:28 am

This team needs a game plan and the smarts and the will to make it work. something like defense as practiced by Thibadeau’s teams or guard play like Rondo. Or at least one more player who has a proven punch. This is gonna be brutal.

KevinM

September 12th, 2012
10:31 am

San Antonio is all about player development and they gave up on Anderson. Apparently, they didn’t like what they saw, and let him walk asap. What they saw was a slasher with a limited mid-range game.
I’m all for taking a chance on Anderson and James, but for them not to get guaranteed deals tells you there isn’t a lot of interest. They’ll get one more crack to make an impact and not a lot invested.

To me, I think Korver is the one that has to prove he can contribute on this team. He fights with Lou, Stevenson, Josh and Morrow for playing time. I don’t have faith in LD to play Jenkins unless his shot just falls in all the time. I remember JC2 making a statement to get minutes and what did LD do? He plugged him in ahead of Teague which made zero sense. One of the many questionable moves of LD in his 2 years here.

Yet, no deal done with Ivan 20 days before training camp? It doesn’t make sense. Apparently, Danny isn’t too concerned about losing him to another team and is going to force Ivan to make this roster once again.

KevinM

September 12th, 2012
10:36 am

Since Al is the last remaining all-star on this team, he should be leading us in scoring and rebounding. This is the year he either steps up or Slimjr gets more ammunition.

Astro Joe

September 12th, 2012
10:39 am

Jevin, Ferry made an offer to Ivan… the ball is in Ivan’s court ot accept it. I think you have it backwards.

I MUS WRITE

September 12th, 2012
10:40 am

MSDEE they are both garbage IMO -I dont want either. I will say that Outlaw has proven he has the talent to play at this level -He balled out to get that contract and he hasnt been seen since. Daye on the other hand has shown absolutely nothing since he left Gonzaga.he got pushed around by summer league guys and just doesnt seem to have that fire…..These guys and worse than the underwhelmin SF that we sent to Utah……

Astro Joe

September 12th, 2012
10:41 am

Sorry, Kevin (not Jevin). My jad. :twisted:

I MUS WRITE

September 12th, 2012
10:44 am

KevinM dont count on that. By Xmas Slim Jr will be sitting on a nucler weapon. Call me crazy but I dont ever see AL becoming the man on a team -He is a rusty robot with a good midrange shot.