Report: Hawks signing Luke Babbitt to one-year contract

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The Hawks don’t want to bottom out.

To that end, Luke Babbitt should help.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Michael Scott of ESPN:

Babbitt’s minimum salary is $1,974,159. It sounds as if he’ll get that.

Between Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova, Miles Plumlee, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore, Dewayne Dedmon and now Babbitt, Atlanta is committing a lot of its roster spots to players who will be at least 28 when the season begins. For a likely bad team, that limits swings at players who can be developed for the future.

Babbitt is a good 3-point shooter whose defensive effort makes him passable on that end. There’s room in the league for players like that. On such a cheap deal, Babbitt might even fetch a better young asset before the trade deadline than the Hawks could have gotten now.

In the meantime, they probably hope Babbitt helps them win enough to remain relevant. That’s a longer shot.