The Atlanta Hawks aren’t done building their 2017-2018 roster, if only because the team must fill a few more spots between now and training camp. With that in mind, Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reported on Monday that the Hawks are in active discussions with several players, including three different positions.
Hawks in negotiations with several players. Look for another point guard, power forward and at least one center.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) July 10, 2017
One such player could be free agent center Dewayne Dedmon, who spent the 2016-2017 season with the San Antonio Spurs.
Hawks have expressed interest in Dewayne Dedmon, league sources told Basketball Insiders. Willie Reed also on the radar, per @AlexKennedyNBA— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 10, 2017
Dedmon will turn 28 years old in August, despite the fact that he did not debut in the NBA until the 2013-2014 season. The former USC standout largely disappeared from San Antonio’s playoff rotation but, prior to that, Dedmon put together a strong year in a supporting role for a quality team. The 7-footer averaged just 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, but Dedmon can be a deterrent around the rim defensively while knowing his offensive limitations.
Atlanta’s outward mission has been to add players on reasonable contracts and, given that Dedmon remains on the market, that appears possible. The Hawks did bring back Mike Muscala, in addition to Miles Plumlee, but Muscala’s versatility allows him to play some power forward and Atlanta could look to add reasonably compensated talent (including the aforementioned Willie Reed) at a myriad of positions.