Back in mid-June, Ridiculous Upside contributor Harrison Faigen confirmed that D-League All-Star Josh Magette would play in Summer League for both the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks. Magette was expected to participate in Orlando Summer League with the Pacers before suiting up for the Hawks during Las Vegas Summer League. However, it now looks like Magette will have to cancel his plans for Orlando.
That’s due to the Hawks reportedly signing Magette to a contract for the 2017-18 season, according to HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy. A few hours after Kennedy’s initial tweet, 2Ways & 10Days founder Chris Reichert added onto that report by saying that Hawks actually signed Magette to a two-way contract.
Josh Magette's contract with the Atlanta Hawks for 2017-18 is a two-way contract, per league source. @AlexKennedyNBA first to report— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) June 29, 2017
If Reichert’s report becomes true, Magette would be the first recipient of a two-way contract from the Atlanta Hawks. This deal would mean that Magette would still spend the majority of the time in the NBA G League but would earn at least $75,000 while he’s there compared to the $25,000 that the average G Leaguer is expected to make during the 2017-18 season.
While he receives more money to play G League ball, Magette could potentially spend some time in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks. While two-way players can only spend a maximum of 45-days with their NBA team, it’s still a significant improvement over being your average G League player.
In terms of players that haven’t spend time in the NBA, Magette might actually stand as one of the finest point guards. That status is due to Magette being one of the D-League’s best facilitator as he averaged 9.3 assists per game while maintaining a 3.56 Ast/TO ratio. Coinciding with his work as a facilitator, Magette shined as a solid offensive weapon as he averaged 15.8 points per game on 41% from the field and 35% from beyond the arc on 6.3 perimeter attempts per game.
While it’s great to see Magette receive a two-way deal from the Hawks, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make their opening day roster. That’s due to the Hawks currently having only two point guards on their roster with Dennis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney. Of course, that status can change as we enter NBA free agency, but it still makes sense why the Hawks are interested in signing one of the best facilitators in basketball.
Atlanta Hawks fans will have their first opportunity to see Magette in action when they begin Summer League with a July 7th match-up against the Brooklyn Nets. Stay tuned as we cover Magette and a plethora of other prospects during our expansive Summer League coverage which will start on July 1st for Orlando League.