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DeAndre Bembry assigned to Salt Lake City Stars

The first-round pick will spend some time in the D-League.

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The Atlanta Hawks have played eight games during the month of March and DeAndre Bembry has appeared for only three minutes of on-court action. As a result of that inactivity, the Hawks have made the move to send the No. 21 overall pick to the D-League in the form of an assignment with the Salt Lake City Stars.

Bembry, who has been buried on the depth chart with the Hawks back to relative health and the emergence of fellow rookie Taurean Prince, could take the floor on Wednesday when Salt Lake City takes on Erie. This will be the fourth visit to the D-League for the former St. Joseph’s standout and the Hawks have repeatedly used this tool to provide playing time for players in Bembry’s mold.

In three D-League games, Bembry has been highly productive, averaging 20.3 points while stuffing the stat sheet with 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. It remains to be seen just how long Bembry will remain in Salt Lake City but, given that he isn’t likely to rejoin the rotation anytime soon based on established patterns, it could (at least in theory) be a lengthy stay.

Stay tuned.