The Hawks and their fans were disappointed by the team’s first round exit from the NBA Playoffs at the hands of the Washington Wizards. With an offseason that included the looming free agency of star forward Paul Millsap, the team’s future moving forward was uncertain. That future has become a little more certain as the team has moved towards a rebuild by trading both Dwight Howard and Millsap while adding some young players like center Diamond Stone and draft picks John Collins and Tyler Dorsey.
However, a question mark still loomed over the center spot as the trade of Howard netted them Miles Plumlee but, neither Plumlee nor Stone are starters. According to a report from The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Hawks have possibly remedied their starting center search by agreeing to a contract with free agent Dewayne Dedmon, late of the San Antonio Spurs.
Dedmon appeared in 76 games last season for the Spurs, starting 37 of those contests and his main impact came on the defensive end as a rim protector. Within six feet, opponents shot just 50.7 percent, about 10 percent below the league average. Inside of ten feet, the impact was even greater, with Dedmon holding opponents to just 43.9 percent shooting, 12 percent below the average according to his NBA.com statistical profile. Dedmon, despite starting nearly half the season for the Spurs, averaged just 17 minutes per night. He figures to get a bit more run in Atlanta’s rotation of bigs, which could lead to better offensive production judging by his per-36 minute numbers.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, the contract includes a player-option for the second year.