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Hawks waive Will Bynum

Atlanta Hawks guard Will Bynum, left, tangles with San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, of Australia, during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 102-91. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on veteran guard Will Bynum, reducing their roster to 16 players. The team announced the roster move on Friday morning.

The 33-year-old guard spent the 2015-16 season playing in China, but he appeared in all seven preseason games for the Hawks this month. He totaled 33 points, 22 assists and nine rebounds. His playing time had been reduced in the team’s most recent preseason games. He played only six minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday and didn’t see the court until four minutes remained in Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

Bynum is an eight-year NBA veteran, with most of his career spent with the Detroit Pistons. His career has mostly been as a backup; he has started only 29 of his 360 career games played. Over his eight years in the league, he has averaged 8.1 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. He was an odd fit for a Hawks roster that emphasizes shooting, as Bynum has shot only 27.2 percent from beyond the arc in his career.

The Hawks will have to make one more roster move before the season opener to get the roster down to 15 players. Josh Magette is the only player still with the team under a non-guaranteed contract. He did not play Thursday against the Bulls, so he would seemingly be a safe pick to join Bynum.

Atlanta will open its 2016-17 season next Thursday night against the Washington Wizards. Their roster has seen significant turnover this offseason with the departures of Al Horford and Jeff Teague and the major addition of Dwight Howard. Last season, they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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