Deyonta Davis is headed back to The Association.
The Santa Cruz Warriors big man signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks, both teams announced on Tuesday morning.
Atlanta's general manager Travis Schlenk used to be Golden State's assistant GM.
Davis was the 31st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. In 62 games (six starts) with the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Last summer, he was traded to the Kings in the deal that sent Garrett Temple to Memphis. Sacramento waived Davis in September and he ended up accepting a training camp invite with Golden State -- knowing he would soon be sent to Santa Cruz.
The 22-year made 43 appearances with the Sea Dubs this year and has been tremendous over his last 11 games -- 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds on a ridiculous 66 percent from the field.
G League players sign deals with the league itself, not a specific G League team. They can be signed at any time by any NBA franchise.
Therefore, even though Davis played for Golden State's G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Golden State would have needed to sign Davis to a 10-day contract to call him up. And after signing Andrew Bogut, Golden State did not have an open roster spot.
The Santa Cruz Warriors (31-16) are currently tied for second place in the Western Conference. They have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin next week.
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