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Hawks sign Tyler Zeller to 10-day contract

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Atlanta adds some short-term big man depth

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Update: The Hawks officially announced the signing of Zeller on Friday.


Per a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks have come to an agreement with veteran center Tyler Zeller on a 10-day contract, which will be signed on Friday, March 8:

The Hawks are the very definition of walking wounded right now, with their big man depth severely depleted by injury. Starting center Dewayne Dedmon missed the club’s game on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, Omari Spellman will be out at least four weeks after spraining his ankle badly against Chicago last Friday, and Alex Poythress suffered an ankle injury of his own in the Spurs game. In addition, John Collins is still recovering from a nasty bout of sickness that kept him out of three games and limited him to 25 minutes against the Spurs, though it’s expected that he’ll be fine going forward.

Zeller will fill in as an option at backup center while Dedmon misses time and give the Hawks a bit more insurance with regards to their depth in the frontcourt. He split his time between Brooklyn and Milwaukee last season but hasn’t played in the league yet this year. For his career, he’s averaged 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in seven seasons with four different teams.