ATL Hawks sign Sharife Cooper to two-way deal

A former Auburn Tiger and second-round NBA draft pick has been re-signed to his NBA team.

Sharife Cooper, who played for Auburn during the 2020-21 season before declaring for the draft, was re-signed by the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks on a two-way deal on Friday. In the NBA, a two-way contract states that a player can play 50 of a team’s 82 games and is paid a lump sum equal to half the league minimum with no guarantees. Due to the nature of a two-way contract, it’s likely that Cooper will spend time with the Hawks’ G-League affiliate, the College Park Skyhawks.

So far, Cooper hasn’t really understood the Hawks. In his only season playing for them so far in 2021, he has averaged just three minutes per game in the 13 he has played with 0.5 points per game and a shooting percentage of 21.4%. He’s fared better in the G League so far, averaging 30.7 minutes, 17.1 points and four rebounds per game while shooting 43.5%.

Time will tell how the Hawks plan to use Cooper for the upcoming 2022 season, but it’s clear they think he needs to develop further in the NBA G League before he’s ready for a starring role in an NBA team.

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