Kelly was waived by the Hawks on Tuesday, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Kelly was given a non-guaranteed training camp deal back in September, but faced long odds on making the final regular season roster. He was let go by the Hawks on Tuesday and will likely open the season in the NBA D-League or overseas if he can find a more lucrative contract.
Kelly recently worked out with the Hawks and will be given the opportunity to compete for a roster berth in training camp, where he'll likely battle Mike Muscala, Walter Tavares and Matt Costello for one of the final spots in the team's frontcourt. The 25-year-old Kelly saw action in 147 games for the Lakers over the last three seasons, posting averages of 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game. However, he's shot just 38.1 percent from the field during that span.
Kelly was not extended a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Kelly saw action in a career-low 36 games this past season, compiling averages of 4.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists over 13 minutes. The 25-year-old forward figures to land with a team in need of a frontcourt depth option, as he offers a big body that can stretch the floor. Kelly likely won't become a regular fantasy contributor no matter where he ends up, but he could at least have a shot at seeing a larger role if he's put in the right position with another team.
Ryan Kelly tallied 12 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, and one steal over 25 minutes in Tuesday's 103-81 loss to the Clippers.
It's not a good sign when guys like Metta World Peace (17 points) and Kelly -- both of whom have been benchwarmers for much of the season -- rank as the Los Angeles Lakers ' top two scorers on a given night, but that's exactly what happened Tuesday after the starters shot a combined 10-for-51 from the field. Kelly's proficiency in the face of the starters' struggles allowed him to finish with his second-highest minutes total of the season. While he may see his playing time fall in the remaining five games on the schedule, Kelly still figures to be a rotation regular, just as he has over the past five contests. He's averaging 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds over 19 minutes during that stretch.
Ryan Kelly (wrist) played 17 minutes in Sunday's 101-88 loss to the Wizards, finishing with no points (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and five rebounds.
Kelly was about as ineffective as possible while coming off the bench in his first game back from a wrist injury. In addition to failing to hit any shots, Kelly accrued four fouls and turned the ball over twice. He'll likely stick in the rotation over the final nine games of the season while coach Byron Scott looks to give his younger players some more opportunities, but with Kobe Bryant intent on playing out the schedule, Kelly will have to settle for a limited role off the bench.
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