Hawks Trim Active Roster Down to 13

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
By Jon Newberry

The Hawks have waived Courtney Sims, Garret Siler and Mario West reducing the number of players on their active roster to 13, and making Othello Hunter the lone free agent still with the team.

Sims and Siler are both centers whose services became less needed once the Hawks were able to sign Joe Smith and Jason Collins.

Siler, an Division II All-American at Augusta State last season, started in the Hawks rookie camp earlier this summer, and the upside of someone his size that had only been playing basketball for five or six years immediately impressed coaches and the media. He appeared in two preseason games for the Hawks, and always brought a noticeable contingent of fans who made the two-hour drive down I-20 from Augusta.

Mario West was also a casualty of the Hawks depth heading into the 2009-10 season. Whether it was his story, his local ties (walked on at Georgia Tech), or the intensity he brought everytime he stepped on the floor, “Rio” was always a fan favorite in the Highlight Factory. Overall, he appeared in 117 regular season games for the Hawks over the past two seasons.

We all wish Courtney, Garret and Mario the best in the future.