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Atlanta Hawks trade Mo Williams to Nuggets, sign Gary Neal

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Hawks shed Williams and bring Neal in on 10-day contract.

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The Atlanta Hawks have opened up a roster spot by trading Mo Williams to the Denver Nuggets and plan to sign Gary Neal to a 10-day contract according to a report by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nuggets are planning to waive Williams and will send the draft rights to Cenk Akyol to Atlanta. The move will get Denver closer to the salary cap floor.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Atlanta’s interest in Neal over the weekend. He appeared in three games with the Texas Legends averaging 15.3 points per game. Neal spent part of last season with the Washington Wizards where he averaged 9.8 points while shooting 41 percent from three-point range. He appeared in 40 games before being waived by the Wizards in March of 2016.

If the name Cenk Akyol sounds familiar it is with good reason. The Hawks originally drafted Akyol in the second-round of the 2005 NBA Draft. Atlanta traded his rights to the Clippers in 2014 in the Antawn Jamison trade. The Clippers dealt his rights to Philadelphia who later moved them on to Denver

The Hawks have not yet officially announced the deal but it is expected to be completed sometime on Wednesday.