We knew this was coming, but it’s now official.
The Atlanta Hawks, who have been severely depleted in the front court department, have signed their 2013 second-round draft pick Mike Muscala.
The Hawks released Dexter Pittman, who signed a 10-day contract on February 22, earlier today to make room for Muscala.
“We are really excited that Mike was available to join our team. We’ve closely monitored Mike and his progress throughout the ACB season. Coach Fernandez and his Obradoiro CAB club did an excellent job with his continued development,” GM Danny Ferry said in a statement. “Due to our current injuries, Mike’s representatives presented the concept of Mike joining us for the remainder of the season. With our roster situation and his strong play, we felt now was a good time to add Mike to our program,” Ferry added. They released Dexter Pittman just before announcing the signing.
The Hawks drafted Muscala 44th overall in the 2013 draft, but he went to play with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro of the ACB League in Spain after he was unsigned. The Hawks still owned his rights, and now with under 30 games to go, he is an Atlanta Hawk.
Muscala was averaging an impressive 14.6 points and led his Spanish league with 7.8 rebounds per game. Considering the Hawks played DeMarre Carroll at the center position in some parts of Wednesday night’s loss to the Celtics, Muscala should be an upgrade to what they have left at the five.
He played four years at Bucknell, and is their all-time leading scorer, and is second on their all-time rebounding list.
The Hawks are off until Sunday, and you can expect Muscala to be in uniform when they take on the Suns in Phoenix.