Per a report from Yahoo’s Shams Charania, the Atlanta Hawks are closing in on an agreement with unrestricted free agent center Alex Len.
Free agent center Alex Len is finalizing a deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2018
The 25-year-old Len spent the last five years in Phoenix after being drafted fifth overall in 2013. Unable to find the offer he desired last offseason, he remained in limbo until late September, when he signed his qualifying offer to remain with the Suns but was swiftly renounced at the beginning of July when Phoenix had other plans with their cap space and didn’t plan on bringing him back. By almost every measure, he had the most successful year of his career this past season on both ends of the floor, though that isn’t saying much, as his offensive game was very poor throughout the term of his rookie-scale contract.
In a later tweet, Charania clarifies that the deal will run for two years and net Len $8.5 million, which will likely be the entirety of the Hawks’ Room Exception for this year without a major raise in Year 2 (the total maximum allowed would be $9.1 million).
Alex Len's new deal with the Atlanta Hawks will be for two years, $8.5M, league sources said. https://t.co/AI3O0gqura— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2018
The deal will be fully guaranteed, per The Athletic’s Michael Scotto:
Alex Len and the Hawks have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million deal, league sources told The Athletic. Deal is fully guaranteed.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 21, 2018
Len will likely come off the bench behind starters John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon and compete with rookie Omari Spellman and Miles Plumlee for minutes at the center position. Charania notes in his report that Len “is expected to play a significant role” and, perhaps tellingly, does not mention Plumlee in the big man rotation for the Hawks.