NBA Free Agency: Thabo Sefolosha agrees to deal with Atlanta Hawks

Thabo Sefolosha

Swiss free agent Thabo Sefolosha has reportedly agreed to a 3-year, $12 million deal with the Hawks.

As one of the league’s premier perimeter defenders, it’s unsurprising that Thabo Sefolosha has been snapped up early in the free agency period, with the Atlanta Hawks swooping in to lock up the shooting guard to a 3-year deal.

 

The agreed deal is reportedly worth $12 million over 3-years, slightly less than Sefolosha was earning in Oklahoma City with the Thunder. This, however, shouldn’t be surprising given Sefolosha’s struggles this year.

After having one of the best year’s of his career during the 2012/2013 season, Sefolosha took a step backward last year as his 3-point shooting, his only major offensive weapon, took a nose-dive in it’s efficiency. His 31.6% from deep last year was a full 10% lower than his 3-point percentage the previous year.

While Sefolosha’s defence is tenacious as ever, his lack of offence forced Scott Brooks to give him just 15.7 minutes per game during this year’s play-offs, a figure down from 27.3 minutes per game the previous season.

As a team that loves to shoot the 3 ball, the Hawks are clearly hoping that Sefolosha can rediscover his shooting touch, something that could allow him to see some serious minutes for the Hawks, defending the oppositions best perimeter player.

It is, however, unlikely that Sefolosha will find a place in the Hawks starting line-up, as Kyle Korver has the 2 guard spot locked up and probably won’t be shifted to the 3 given DeMarre Carroll’s career year last season. Regardless of this, Sefolosha will surely continue to operate in his successful 3 and D niche coming off of the bench for Atlanta, who have acquired a solid NBA veteran at a reasonable price.