The Atlanta Hawks addressed a major issue by signing former University of Maryland Terp and Phoenix Suns seven-footer Alex Len to a two-year, $8.5 million dollar contract this afternoon. Len was the fifth overall pick by the Suns in the 2013 draft.

Len averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and just under a block (0.9) per game last season for the Suns. He played in 69 games, starting just 13 while tying a career high three-point percentage (.333). The 7-1 Ukranian, during his five-year career (all with Suns), averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. His addition gives the Hawks a replacement for the role recently departed Mike Muscala played with an upgrade in regards to rebounding and shot blocking.

Drafted to be a featured player for a Suns team that then was desperate for a star, Len has not lived up to the expectations of being a top-5 pick and now will be able to fill a lesser role for the Hawks, presumably off the bench behind starting cebnter Dewayne Dedmon.

 

Alex Len, a fifth-year forward/center, was signed by Hawks for two years. Len was the fifth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2013. Photo Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Donnell began his career covering sports and news in Atlanta nearly two decades ago. Since then he has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Southern Cross...

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