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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