Kelly signed a contract Thursday with Real Betis of the Spanish ACB league, international beat writer David Pick reports.
After spending his first three years in Los Angeles with the Lakers, Kelly moved to Atlanta for the 2016-17 campaign, but struggled to receive much playing time. He took part in just 16 games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds across 6.9 minutes. After failing to see much interest on the open free agent market this offseason, the sharpshooting big man will head overseas in an attempt to restore his value.
Kelly was waived by the Rockets on Friday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Rockets acquired Kelly last week prior to the Chris Paul trade, and while it looked as though Kelly was going to be headed to Los Angeles as part of the deal, the Rockets ultimately held onto him. However, Houston never had any plans to keep Kelly beyond Friday, as his contract for next season would have become guaranteed had he remained on the roster on July 8. Kelly will now become an unrestricted free agent and will look to catch on with another team as a reserve stretch-four.
After being traded from the Hawks to the Rockets in exchange for cash considerations, Kelly is now a member of the Clippers, although it's likely he will be waived shortly. Kelly isn't expected to be of much use to the Clippers if he does stay, considering his averages of just 1.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks across 7.84 per tilt during his 2016-17 campaign with the Hawks.
The Hawks likely weren't planning on using Kelly much next season considering he played just 110 minutes this past year, so they've opted to send him to Houston in exchange for financial flexibility. His intended strength is primarily as a floor spacer, as he's a 6-11 forward with a career three-point percentage of 31.6 percent. While that's not great, Kelly is still just 25-years-old and has only taken 323 attempts from deep.
Kelly will be active for Monday's contest against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Though he'll be active, it's unlikely that Kelly will see the floor. That being said, if he does manage to get some run, it probably won't translate into significant fantasy production, and it's doubtful he'll become a regular part of the Hawks' rotation.
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