The Hawks didn’t bring in Damien Wilkins as a legacy, they brought him in because they thought he could play. And they liked what they have seen.
The Hawks have signed Wilkins through the end of the season, according to a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo.
Wilkins is the nephew of Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins (and son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins). He also played his college ball at Georgia, so he has a few connections to the team.
The 6’6” swingman has played about 12 minutes a game in 20 games for the Hawks this season. He came in to Atlanta in early December, but they let him go in January so his contract did not become guaranteed. Since then the Hawks have signed him to two 10-day contracts, but with the second of those up the Hawks had to sign him or let him walk.
Wilkins has bounced around in the NBA for seven seasons now and is 31 years old.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.