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Isaia Cordinier set to sign one-year contract in France, land with Atlanta Hawks in 2017, per report

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The Hawks will reportedly stash Isaia Cordinier in France for at least one season.

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks went in search of players that were willing to play internationally during the 2016-2017 season, and the team ended up landing French guard Isaia Cordinier with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. With that in mind, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress brings word that Cordinier is set to sign a one-year contract in France before presumably arriving in Atlanta for the 2017-2018 season.

This seems to be in line with the thinking espoused by Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox late Thursday night, but according to Givony, Cordinier’s fall to No. 44 was something of a surprise.

Cordinier, who is only 19 years old, fell in the 40-45 range among prospects in the 2016 class for ESPN, DraftExpress and CBS, but this isn’t the first indication that he could have come off the board significantly higher on draft night. Given the presence of two first-round wing players in addition to Thabo Sefolosha, Kyle Korver, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lamar Patterson and (potentially) Kent Bazemore, it makes sense that the Hawks would like Cordinier to gain seasoning overseas, and he will reportedly be doing that next season.

It remains to be seen what kind of value Atlanta can extract from this draft selection, but Cordinier appears to have fallen in the team’s lap during the course of the second round.