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 BayHawks roster. Chris Vivlamore of 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.
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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