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Pape Sy is back to France where he will play for the season with Gravelines-Dunkerque. The French player was waived by Atlanta Hawks and didn’t get another contract in the NBA. Sy will practice with Gravelines from Thursday.
Pape Sy, as reported by Lepharedunkerquois.fr, will return to French team Gravelines-Dunkerque, if he won’t get any NBA contract by January 13th. The French player was recently waived by the Atlanta Hawks and is free agent.
The Hawks waived forward Magnum Rolle and guards Pape Sy and Brad Wanamaker today. More cuts are coming later today: The roster now stands at 16, one more than the maximum, and it’s possible Atlanta will carry the minimum 13 players for the regular season.
The decisions on Rolle and Wanamaker were not unexpected but the Hawks gave up on Sy after investing in him as a long-term prospect. Coach Larry Drew said Sy’s inability to develop as a point guard played a part in the decision. “We, the coaches and the management, came to an agreement that he’s been a little bit more effective off the ball than at the point,” Drew said. “With that and the acquisition of Willie Green and [having] a number of other guys that are veterans that can play two, he became expendable. We were hoping he would mature and develop but he just seemed more comfortable at that two-guard spot. With that, we made the decision to go in a different direction.”
David Aldridge: Hawks waive Sy, Rolle, Wanamaker. Sy was having a good camp but became expendable when ATL signed Jannero Pargo earlier in the week.
Gravelines-Dunkerque announced the signing of Pape Sy for one year with an NBA out to exercise when lockout ends.
Pape Sy might sign with Gravelines-Dunkerque in the next few hours. It’s the club’s wish, and, again, it’s the insurance issues that could slow down or block the operation.
22-year old resume-less players like Sy can be found by the dozen all over the French league, and the Hawks likely should have had the talent-evaluation skills to distinguish that, rather than just allow themselves to be fooled so badly by a single private workout. Based on what we saw in South Padre, its unlikely that the Sy experiment will last very much longer.
The fact that a late 2nd round pick would fail to pan out for an NBA team is not a big surprise, as it happens every year. What’s curious is that Atlanta decided to pay a few hundred thousand dollars to buy Sy out of his contract, rather than stashing him overseas. They spent a valuable roster spot and fully guaranteed NBA contract (worth almost $500,000)on him, and in the process hampered themselves from making a move to improve their team for the playoffs because of luxury tax concerns.
Pape Sy is off to Utah to play in the D-League. It’s possible Jordan Crawford will join him at some point. “There has been some talk about it,” L.D. said. “We are certainly going to keep our options open with our young guys, putting them in situations where they can get some playing time instead of practicing every day and just being with the team. I would rather them be somewhere playing, where they are learning, where they can get some experience.”
The Hawks plan to send guard Pape Sy to the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League. Sy, the team’s second-round pick in the last summer’s draft, was slowed by injuries and has been inactive since being cleared to play.
Hawks guard Pape Sy has looked good in practice lately but with no playing time available he soon could be sent to the NBA Development League, coach Larry Drew said. “I think it would suit him better to play than to sit around and practice all the time,” Drew said on Monday. “He needs some playing experience.”
That plane ticket Pape Sy bought to pursue his NBA dream turned out to be a solid investment. Sy, the Hawks’ second-round draft pick in June, signed a three-year contract with the team Wednesday. The first year of the deal is fully guaranteed for the rookie minimum of $473,604. “I am very proud,” said Sy, a native of Loudeac, France. “It means a lot for me. I really want to play with them and win with them.”
Atlanta Hawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Sund has announced this afternoon that the team has signed guard/forward Pape Sy to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Sy (pronounced SEE), the Hawks’ second round pick from France in the 2010 NBA Draft, was selected 53 rd overall after spending time with team STB Le Havre of the French Pro A League. He appeared in 38 games over three seasons, with the majority of those contests coming a year ago, as he averaged 5.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists (.505 FG%, .414 3FG% and .710 FT%). Sy tallied a season-high 17 against Poitiers this past February. “Our European scout (Loize Milosavljevic) did a great job in recommending Pape to us and once he participated in our pre-draft workouts, our scouts and coaches were very impressed with his abilities,” said Sund. “Although he was hampered by an Achilles injury during summer league workouts, we were encouraged with his ability, athleticism and competitiveness.”
French club Le Havre announced on its Web site that it has completed a buyout of Pape Sy’s contract. The Hawks haven’t received the paperwork and so don’t consider the deal to be official but they are optimistic there will be no snags.
It’s now official, Pape Sy will play next season for the Atlanta Hawks. While one year remained on his contract, the French point guard, drafted by the Hawks in the 53rd position last June, has finally found an agreement with his French club, according to L’Equipe.
The report saying Pape Sy reached a buyout agreement with Le Havre is inaccurate. It still could happen, and soon, but there are some significant financial issues to work out.
Finally, the Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement for the buy-out of Pape Sy with Le Havre, the current club of the 22-year-old French guard. Sy was selected with the 53rd overall pick in the last NBA draft by the Hawks, after averaging 5.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in the last French Pro A league for Le Havre
It’s still possible forward Pape Sy will join the Hawks for 2010-11. Sy is set to report to camp for French club Le Havre but the Hawks and Sy’s representative are still talking to Le Havre about a buyout of the final year of Sy’s contract. Atlanta selected Sy in the second round of the draft in June.
There should be a resolution to the Pape Sy situation this week. He’s looking for a buyout from Le Havre of the top French league. “I like his size,” L.D. said. “He’s really strong on the drive. I don’t know if he’s been watching NBA players already but he’s already doing things that NBA players do. We will try to get him in here for camp.”
Back when the Hawks drafted Pape Sy and brought him to Summer League, assistant GM Dave Pendergraft said there was “no chance” the team would buy out Sy’s contract with Le Havre of the top French League. Over the weekend Pendergraft upgraded that to a “slight chance” Sy will join the Hawks this fall. Pendergraft didn’t elaborate on Atlanta’s reasoning for the change of heart. But considering how the Hawks praised Sy’s competitiveness and physical tools in camp, I’m assuming they see him as a guy who could eventually help as a wing defender. Plus Sy, who has one year left on his French deal, would come cheaply as a second-round pick.
Despite the early reports about the continuance of Pape Sy in Le Havre for at least another season, the Atlanta Hawks, the franchise that holds his NBA rights, hasn’t given up on landing him this summer. According to the agent of the 22-year-old French guard, Pascal Levy, the Hawks are currently in talks with Le Havre to negotiate the buy-out of Sy.