Free-agent forward Eric Dawson has accepted a training camp invitation from the Atlanta Hawks, reports Shams Charania of RealGM.com. According to the report, his camp deal with the Hawks is non-guaranteed.
Dawson was part of Atlanta’s summer league team in Las Vegas where he averaged a modest 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Dawson, 29, broke into the pros in the 2007-08 season with the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate Austin Toros. He stayed in Austin the following season, then went overseas to Japan for the 2009-10 campaign with the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins. He later returned to the Toros after one season in Japan.
In 29 games with Austin in the 2011–12 season, Dawson averaged 17.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 56 percent from the field. For his stellar stats, he earned himself the NBA D-League’s Impact Player of the Year award. He also helped the Toros post the second-best regular-season record in the D-League, and was a key contributor when they went on to win the 2012 NBADL Championship.
Dawson was called up for a brief NBA stint in February with the Spurs after he and the Toros won the title. The 6’9” forward was signed to a pair of 10-day contract by San Antonio, however, he only appeared in four career games.
Aside from the D-League and Japan, Dawson has spent time playing offseason ball in the Dominican Republic (2008), South Korea (2011), and the Philippines (2013).
Last month, Dawson signed a new deal with Metros de Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Perhaps he’ll return to the D.R. club if he doesn’t make the Hawks’ regular-season roster.
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