Report: Hawks expected to waive newly acquired John Salmons

Report: Hawks expected to waive newly acquired John Salmons

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

John Salmons' non-guaranteed money allows the Hawks to clear more cap space.  (USATSI)
John Salmons' non-guaranteed money allows the Hawks to clear more cap space. (USATSI)

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The Atlanta Hawks under the management of Danny Ferry has been much different than its previous front office leaders. The Hawks have been looking to adopt a more Spurs-like approach while creating the cap space necessary to add significant pieces. It's a change from throwing big money at players like Josh Smith and Joe Johnson while leaving zero flexibility to the roster options for this franchise.

According to Chris Vivlamore, the Hawks are expected to make another move to grab more space under the salary cap. A recent trade of Lou Williams and the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira to the Toronto Raptors for John Salmons gave the Hawks the chance to waive Salmons and create even more cap space because of his non-guaranteed money for the 2014-15 season.

Salmons was set to make $7 million in 2014-15 but only $1 million of that is guaranteed. This will take the Hawks down to roughly $19 million under the salary cap, making the potentially major players in the pursuit of a big time player under contract or looking for a nice contract in free agency. Salmons split time last season between the Kings and the Toronto Raptors while averaging 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 78 games. He played 22.1 minutes per game.

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