Free-agent center Alex Len has agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.
Len averaged 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Suns last season. The 25-year-old was taken fifth overall by Phoenix in the 2013 draft. He’s averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in his career. The Hawks are going to acquire the $27.9 million expiring contract of Carmelo Anthony and then waive him, sources told ESPN last week. The Thunder will also send a 2022 protected first-round pick to the Hawks for guard Dennis Schroder and forward Mike Muscala. The Thunder will then send Muscala to the 76ers for forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Philadelphia will send guard Justin Anderson to Atlanta, league sources said.
The Len contract is expected to be finalized after the trade is completed. The Hawks have traded for Jeremy Lin during the off-season with the hopes of him returning to his Linsanity days.
This isn’t a bad signing for the Hawks because they’re not giving up alot of money to get him. Alex Len is still young and can develop into a solid player for Atlanta. Having him alongside new draft pick, Omari Spellman could prove to be beneficial. Either way, Len is a low-risk, high-reward type of player because if he doesn’t pan out, there’s not alot of money lost. If things work out, he came at a cheap price and could be here for the long haul.
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