The Atlanta Hawks fell at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night and, after the game, the team made a bit of news. Power forward Mike Scott, who did not appear on the floor against OKC, will reportedly be sent to the D-League for a two-game stint, per Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.
The Hawks have assigned Mike Scott to D-League. Will go to Delaware for two games. Healthy, just for playing time.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) December 6, 2016
Scott has looked rusty since returning from a lengthy absence for a knee injury, and this is an interesting and smart use of the D-League. Atlanta could certainly use his floor-spacing on the second unit, but unless Scott plays more minutes and ramps up his conditioning after basically going without a training camp, he will be hard to rely on at this stage in the season.
Veterans like Scott aren’t often assigned to the D-League, but the Hawks are taking an aggressive approach to implementing him into the roster. In the meantime, backup minutes in the frontcourt will be split between Mike Muscala, Kris Humphries, Taurean Prince and, in case of emergency, Ryan Kelly.