Hawks sign Adreian Payne, Shelvin Mack

Bo Churney —  July 25, 2014

It is a big day in roster moves for the Atlanta Hawks, as they have signed two players.

The team has announced that they have signed first-round draft pick Adreian Payne. Payne was selected 15th in the 2014 NBA Draft after his senior season at Michigan State, where he averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Payne is also Michigan State’s all-time leader in blocked shots. (141)

Also reported is that the Hawks have signed a deal with backup point guard, Shelvin Mack.

According to Wojnarowski, the third year on Mack’s deal is a team option. Mack averaged 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game last season and was a solid backup point guard as a stopgap for Dennis Schröder’s rookie struggles.

The Hawks now have 13 players under contract and quite a bit of depth. A look at the team’s probable depth chart:

PG: Teague/Mack/Schröder
SG: Korver/Bazemore/Jenkins
SF: Carroll/Sefolosha
PF: Millsap/Payne
C: Horford/Antic/Muscala

The team still has two roster spots to work with, and with the injury problems experienced last season, it would not shock me to see the Hawks use those spots to sign one or two more bigs. I suspect Mike Scott and Elton Brand are still in the mix to re-sign with the club.

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8 responses to Hawks sign Adreian Payne, Shelvin Mack

  1. Shelvin Mack was good for us last season but I wouldn’t of resigned him. Honestly I think they should try to get Eric bledsoe in a sign and trade deal. The hawk could do like phoenix last year and have a two point guard system.

  2. So perplexed by this move. Are we going to limit Dennis’s PT once again in favor of Mack?

    Is DF acknowledging that he whiffed on yet another 1st round draft pick?

    We have so much depth at PG, but are thin at Center yet again. Really not a fan of committing multiple years to a guy who has bounced around the league for years.

  3. Michigan Hawks Fan July 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Signing Mack sets the stage for a PG to possibly be traded; Could be a package for Greg Monroe of 3 Hawks: Millsap or Korver, Teague or Schroeder and Jenkins: DF is still working the phones.

  4. Pending Al health. I believe this hawks team will finish in the top 3 on the east and will be in the ECF this season.

  5. “Are we going to limit Dennis’s PT once again in favor of Mack?”

    Jamaaliver, did you watch summer league. What makes you think Schroder has earned minutes? He still throws the ball away with reckless abandon.

    Darren Collison 2014 playoffs 19.2 MIN 8.5 PTS 2.4 AST 0.9 TO 2.1 REB; New contract 3 YR $16M

    Shelvin Mack 2014 playoffs 16.9 MIN 8.1 PTS 3.6 AST 0.9 TO 1.9 REB; New contract 3 YR $7.3M

    I keep trying to hammer this home… nothing is given, everything is earned in the Spurs system. The Hawks just got the rights to a player who averaged almost four assists per turnover against the most efficient defense in the NBA in a PLAYOFF series. Lou Williams averaged two turnovers per assist in that same series. We just got mack under contract for three more years for less than 2.5m per season. And the second Schroder proves he’s a better player than Mack, he’ll be the backup point guard. That’s how the system works.

    • My bigger concern is that Mack’s presence is directly hindering Dennis’s progress. Schroeder was always going to be a project with a steep learning curve. If there had to be a 3rd PG, it needs to be a veteran guard to assist both Teague and DS with adjusting to greater duties.

      The best shot at DS improving is for him to play.

  6. You are right! Danny Ferry has admitted that he has whiffed again!

    We have to keep Shroder and Jenkins. Building up the third string with all of your 1st round picks is how you win Championships!

    Just look at Cleveland and how solid they have been! Ferry built that team into a championship contender and it was so amazing Lebron couldn’t handle the awesomeness and left town!

  7. Shouldn’t need to be said…but…signing Mack says nothing about Schröder long term. Per basketball reference Mack played predominately at the 2 last year, and quite obviously played on the floor and off ball with schröder a lot last year. It’s just not a set in stone 1st/2nd/3rd off the bench lineup. there’s really just no reason not to bring back shelvin at a cheap price.

    And again, schröder still can’t legally buy a beer here, and was picked in the crap shoot part of an historically weak draft…so it’s not remotely surprising he is where he is.