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Patterson makes Hawks’ roster; Barron, Jones released

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101415 ATLANTA: Hawks guard Lamar Patterson drives against Spurs guard Jimmer Fredette during the second half in their preseason basketball game on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
101415 ATLANTA: Hawks guard Lamar Patterson drives against Spurs guard Jimmer Fredette during the second half in their preseason basketball game on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Hawks guard Lamar Patterson drives against Spurs guard Jimmer Fredette during the second half in their preseason basketball game on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Lamar Patterson is officially an Atlanta Hawk.

The former second-round pick will be on the final roster for the 2015-16 season after the Hawks trimmed to 15 players Saturday. Training camp invitees Earl Barron and DeQuan Jones were released as the team got down to the league maximum.

Patterson, acquired in a draft night trade after being selected in 2014, was the clear favorite to make the Hawks’ final spot based on the preseason. Patterson got the clear majority of playing time in exhibition games of those competing. The 6-foot-5 guard/forward averaged 6.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 17.2 minutes in six games. He had 18 points, six assists, four steals, three rebounds and one block in 31 minutes of the Hawks’ 115-87 loss to the Pistons Friday night in the exhibition finale. He made 6 of 12 shots, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range.

Patterson, 24, played professionally last season in Turkey before he signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Hawks this summer for a training camp invitation. The Hawks would have lost his rights had Patterson not made the roster.

Saturday afternoon, Patterson posted on Twitter: “I can’t wait for this season to start with the @ATLHawks!! Extremely blessed for this opportunity!!!! #truetoatlanta.”

Barron, a 7-foot center, appeared in four exhibition games for the Hawks. He had nine points and eight rebounds in 28:21. The 34-year-old eight-year NBA veteran last played with the Suns before signing with the Hawks in September.

Jones, a 6-8 forward, appeared in four exhibition games. He had 11 points in 18:15. The 25-year old, from Wheeler High School, played last season in Italy. He played for the Magic in 2012.


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