After a strong two-season performance with the Atlanta Hawks, Dewayne Dedmon was expected to command significant attention in advance of NBA free agency. Ultimately, that assumption proved accurate and the 29-year-old big man is reportedly set to join the Sacramento Kings on a three-year, $40 million contract.
The Kings are also expected to come to quick terms with Dewayne Dedmon on a three-year, $40 million deal when free agency formally opens. That deal has a partial guarantee in the third year.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 30, 2019
Later, Shams Charania of The Athletic confirmed the agreement.
Free agent center Dewayne Dedmon has agreed to a three-year, $41M deal with the Sacramento Kings, agents Mike Silverman and Brandon Grier tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019
Dedmon appeared in 126 games, making 98 starts, over two seasons with the Hawks, performing at the highest level of his career. In 2018-19, Dedmon converted 37.2 percent of his three-point attempts, becoming a legitimately dynamic perimeter shooter, and he averaged 10.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Still, Atlanta’s interest in rekindling their partnership with Dedmon was seemingly limited to a short-term pact, simply due to the logistics of the veteran center’s age and the team’s roster construction. That opened the door for a market that was already emerging and, in short, the Dedmon era appears to be over for the Hawks.
From here, the Hawks could look to add frontcourt depth, with only Alex Len as a proven rotation piece at the center position. On the flip side, however, Atlanta does have intriguing options in John Collins and Omari Spellman that could function at the 5 in various lineups, in addition to the recent investment in No. 34 overall pick Bruno Fernando and the presence of veteran Miles Plumlee.
Atlanta’s next step(s) in free agency will be intriguing to monitor, both from a roster and salary cap perspective, but Dedmon is headed to Sacramento and the Kings will receive a solid starting center with the ability to space the floor and protect the rim.