When the Atlanta Hawks selected Alpha Kaba with the No. 60 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, general manager Travis Schlenk quickly indicated that the plan for his development would be to remain in Europe for the 2017-2018 season. On Friday, word broke, courtesy of Kaba’s agent, that the young big man has pledged to join ASVEL of the French Pro A League on a multi-year agreement.
According to a statement released by San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who is the president of the team, Kaba’s contract is three years in length.
Statement from Tony Parker on Alpha Kaba (with translation): pic.twitter.com/90ouHfaEry— KL Chouinard (@KLChouinard) July 28, 2017
Without knowing the full-blown specifics of the deal, it is unknown as to just how quickly Kaba could come to Atlanta if he progresses well. The 21-year-old center has been lauded by the front office for his length (7’5 wingspan) and Kaba flashed signs of progress during a five-game stint with the Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Given his draft positioning, it would be something of a surprise if Kaba ever made a real impact in Atlanta. With that said, the talent and physical make-up is there for a player that could grow and develop, and it will be interesting to keep an eye on Alpha Kaba in the future.