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Austin Daye to Hawks: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2015

San Antonio Spurs forward Austin Daye takes court to face the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of the Spurs' 133-102 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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In an effort to add some depth to their already strong squad, the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks are set to sign forward Austin Daye from the NBA Development League.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported that the Hawks plucked the 26-year-old veteran from the Erie BayHawksย roster. Chris Vivlamore ofย The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted Daye was signed to a 10-day contract as well.

The Hawks later confirmed the news, adding that he will wear No. 3.

Daye was a first-round selection by the Detroit Pistons in the 2009 NBA draft out of Gonzaga. Big things were expected out of him due to his size and athleticism, but he has never lived up to his potential.

He was part of the San Antonio Spurs' championship team last year, though, and he appeared in 26 games for the Spurs this year before getting waived.

Daye has resurrected his career in the D-League, with averages of 16 points, seven rebounds and one block per game in 10 contests.

He has a relationship with Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer, who was an assistant on San Antonio's staff until 2013. Based on the Hawks' decision to sign Daye, one can only assume that Budenholzer enjoyed his time coaching him previously.

Daye won't be asked to step in and play big minutes for a team that is currently thriving, but it certainly can't hurt to have a player with such a diverse skill set on the bench.

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