Atlanta Hawks Sign Former Suns Lottery Pick

He was the No. 6 pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, but was never able to really find his footing in three seasons in the league. Now shooting guard Jarrett Culver is getting another shot, signing a two-way deal with the Atlanta Hawks. 

The 6'6" Texas Tech product had actually spent the offseason working out with the Toronto Raptors, even wearing Raptors gear. He was expected to go to training camp with Scottie Barnes and Co., but he's now the property of the conference rival Hawks. 

The Raptors obviously decided to go in a different direction, signing point guard Jeff Dowtin and off-guard Ron Harper Jr. to their two-way contracts. 

Culver's three years in the NBA— two with the Minnesota Timberwolves and one with the Memphis Grizzlies—have resulted in an average of 6.6 points and a mere 28% shooting from distance. Last season he managed just 3.5 points in 37 games in Memphis. 

The 23-year-old, however, fared much better with the Grizzlies' G League affiliate last season, averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks across 33.1 minutes per game.

At Texas Tech, Culver was the 2019 Big 12 Player of the Year, helping lead the Red Raiders to the 2019 NCAA Championship Game as a sophomore.

The Hawks waived swingman Chaundee Brown to make room on the roster for Culver.

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