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Report: Hawks sign Jahlil Okafor to non-guaranteed deal

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The Atlanta Hawks continue to round out their training camp roster, as they have reportedly signed big man Jahlil Okafor to a non-guaranteed deal per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Okafor averages 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds across six NBA seasons, with the bulk of that time spent between stints with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans. Philadelphia drafted Okafor out of a Duke with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Okafor will presumably be competing for the Hawks’ final roster spot with the likes of Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot during training camp, which is set to open later this month ahead of the NBA preseason, which for the Hawks opens Oct. 4 when they face the Miami Heat.

Okafor would represent an additional center on the roster if he were to make it, and would presumably just be depth in the event of an injury. He is most effective as an old-school back to the basket post player, something the Hawks obviously don’t do a ton of with Trae Young at the helm offensively.

We are inching closer to the regular season, which is now barely over a month away. Roster crunches and battles for rotation spots are set to play out around the league, and Okafor represents another potential candidate for Atlanta’s final open roster spot.

Stay tuned.