The Hawks waived guard James Anderson and forward Damion James Saturday, the final roster cuts of the preseason, to reduce to 14 players ahead of next week’s regular-season opener.
Forward Anthony Tolliver made the roster as the only non-guaranteed contract. His contract would become guaranteed if he remains on the roster on Jan. 10.
The Hawks go into the season with one less player than the maximum of 15 allowed by the NBA. By keeping one roster spot open, the Hawks have the flexibility to add another player via trade or signing. Also, keeping Tolliver adds veteran depth to the bench with guard Jeff Teague and center Zaza Pachulia both nursing sprained ankles. The Hawks had until 5 p.m. Monday to make their final cuts.
Tolliver had the best preseason numbers of the final three vying for a roster spot. He appeared in all seven games, with two starts, and averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18.7 minutes. His size, at 6-foot-8, gives the Hawks options at both the small and power forward positions.
James, a former Hawks draft pick, appeared in six exhibition games, with two starts, and averaged 6.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19.2 minutes. He played 21 minutes, with two points, in the Hawks’ exhibition finale against the Pistons Friday night.
Anderson appeared in six exhibition games, with two starts, and averaged 2.o points and 0.7 rebounds in 10.7 minutes. He played eight minutes, with three points, against the Pistons.
The Hawks, off Saturday after last night’s 104-88 loss to the Pistons, open the season on Friday at home against the Rockets. The Hawks ended the exhibition season at 3-4, with all wins at home and all losses on the road.
- Chris Vivlamore