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Hawks reportedly release Walter Tavares, to sign Ryan Kelly with Mike Scott out four weeks

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Kristaps Porzingis and Boban Marjanovic now stand alone as the tallest players in the NBA.

The other 7-foot-3 player is now out of the league.

The Hawks waived Walter Tavares to sign Ryan Kelly with Mike Scott injured.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Hawks release:

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott will miss approximately four weeks while undergoing a series of non-surgical procedures for his left knee soreness.

This indicates Tiago Splitter is on track to return from his injury before Scott from his.

Kelly, a stretch four, attended training camp with the Hawks. He got cut, but there could be a role for him with Scott now hurt.

Tavares is an interior-oriented center who already somewhat duplicates Dwight Howard and would become even more superfluous when Splitter returns.

NBA sets record with 113 international players, a plurality from Canada, on opening-night rosters

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Until last season, the NBA set or tied its record for number of international players on opening-night rosters the previous three years.

But after peaking at 101 in 2014-15, the number dropped to 100 last season.

A sign the league has hit its foreign saturation point?

Probably not.

The NBA boasts a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories to begin this season. Canada, with 11, leads the league for the third straight year.

A count of international players in the NBA on opening night:

  • 2016-17: 113
  • 2015-16: 100
  • 2014-15: 101
  • 2013-14: 92
  • 2012-13: 84

Here’s a full list of 2016-17 international players, but before you read it, take our quizzes on opening-night rosters.

Hawks’ big man Tiago Splitter out four weeks with strained hamstring

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Tiago Splitter — who played only 36 games last season due to injuries, including a hip that required surgery — will now miss the start of the 2016-17 season as well.

This time it’s a strained hamstring, the team announced on Tuesday. Here is the entire official release, for your reading pleasure:

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Tiago Splitter has been diagnosed with a grade 2 hamstring strain, which he sustained in a recent practice. An MRI taken yesterday at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center revealed the injury. He will be out a minimum of four weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.

Splitter is Dwight Howard‘s primary reserve, bringing some old-school big man game to the court. Plus, because Splitter can hit free throws, he may get some run in key moments while Howard sits. Splitter plays solid man defense in the paint, and if you get him the ball in the post he’s an efficient scorer. Keep him in his lane and he can help a team.

Splitter being out is just more run for high-energy center Walter Tavares, which is not a bad thing for the Hawks.

Report: Hawks re-signing Kris Humphries to one-year, $4 million contract

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The Hawks are signing a well-known big man whose hunt for attention has widely turned fans against him.

Not just Dwight Howard.

Atlanta will also re-sign Kris Humphries.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Through all the fame, Humphries has turned himself into a pretty good role player.

He’s a reliable mid-range shooter, and he finally started attempting 3-pointers last season. Though he didn’t score more efficiently beyond the arc than he had from mid-range, there’s potential for him to cash in on those higher-value 3s.

He uses his strength to his advantage defensively. His lack of rim protection makes it tougher to play him more, though.

Humphries was an excellent rebounder before falling off a cliff last season. If that’s a sign of decline now that he’s north of 30, at least Atlanta isn’t locked in more than a year.

The Hawks are now crowded at power forward and center with Howard, Paul Millsap, Mike Scott, Mike MuscalaTiago Splitter, Walter Tavares and Humphries. Signing Humphries could be a prelude to another move.