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Hawks must decide on team options for Jenkins, Schroder

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The Hawks have team options to exercise on John Jenkins and Dennis Schroder for the 2015-16 season by the end of the month.

The deadline for the decisions is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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John Jenkins is returning from back surgery.

Jenkins’ team option is for $2,228,050. He has just the preseason to prove to the Hawks he is healthy following back surgery last season. The early indications have been positive for the former first-round pick. Jenkins has led the Hawks in scoring in both exhibition games (heading into tonight’s game against the Heat) and has averaged 14.0 points. In the two games, including one start, the shooting guard is 10 of 13 from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range in 48 total minutes.

Schroder’s team option is for $1,763,400. His contract also calls for a team option for the 2016-17 season of $2,708,582 for the first-round pick from last year. Schroder is second on the team in scoring through the two preseason games at 11.5 points. He is 6 of 13 from the field and 1 of 1 from 3-point range in 45 minutes. The point guard has a total of seven assists and seven turnovers. It’s likely the Hawks will pick up Schroder’s option as it’s too early to give up on the potential they saw in taking him with the 17th overall pick last year.

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Dennis Schroder is entering his second year.

Coach Mike Budenholzer, who is acting general manager with Danny Ferry on an indefinite leave of absence, will make the final call on the team options with the help of the remaining basketball operations staff. The players would become free agents next season if the team chooses not to pick up their option.

In other roster news: The Hawks must trim their roster by two players by the league deadline of 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Clearly, with 15 players under contract, training camp invitees Dexter Pittman and Jarell Eddie will be released. The Hawks like what they have seen in Eddie and will surely keep an eye of the development of the guard/forward. He has scored six points, on 2 of 6 shooting from 3-point range, in his 27 minutes of the first two exhibition games.


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