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Isaac Humphries signs with Atlanta Hawks

A new big man to monitor.

Canisius v Kentucky Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Update: The Hawks have officially announced the signing of Isaac Humphries.

With only a handful of games remaining in the 2018-19 season, the Atlanta Hawks are officially in the stretch run. However, there is the opportunity for player evaluation over the next ten days and, with that in mind, the team will use a roster spot to sign former Kentucky big man Isaac Humphries.

Olgun Uluc of FOX Sports Australia was first to report the connection between Humphries and the Hawks on Thursday, and sources indicate the deal is expected to be finalized on Monday. Humphries spent this season on the roster of Atlanta’s G League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. In 46 games (at 21.8 minutes per contest), the 7-footer averaged 11.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while in Erie.

Prior to his arrival back in the United States, the 21-year-old spent the 2017-18 with the NBL’s Sydney Kings, where he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year. Humphries was undrafted in 2017.

With Dewayne Dedmon out for the remainder of the season and ongoing injuries for Omari Spellman, Alex Poythress and Miles Plumlee, Humphries could see playing time in Atlanta. At the moment, Alex Len, Deyonta Davis and John Collins are the healthy players that can function at center but, with Collins’ role as the team’s primary power forward, there could be minutes available.

Stay tuned.