Report: Hawks, Alex Len agree to two-year deal

Alex Len

The Atlanta Hawks continue to overhaul their roster ahead of the 2018-19 NBA season.

Free-agent center Alex Len has agreed to a two-year, $8.5-million deal with the Hawks, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Len had reportedly drawn interest from several other teams prior to coming to terms with the Hawks on Saturday.

The Hawks needed depth in their frontcourt after dealing big man Mike Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a three-team deal involving Carmelo Anthony. Len will likely slot in as a reserve center behind Dewayne Dedmon on the depth chart.

Len, once seen as a promising prospect when the Phoenix Suns selected him with the fifth pick in the 2013 draft, has never lived up to high expectations through five seasons. However, a change of scenery after five years in the desert could help kickstart his career.

As a restricted free agent last season, Len signed a one-year, $4.2-million qualifying offer to remain with the Suns after failing to draw a sizable contract from other NBA clubs.

The seven-foot-one big man averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and nearly a block per game in 69 contests last year.

Alex Len

Things are finally looking up in Atlanta after the front office made several key moves this offseason. The team drafted its point guard of the future in Trae Young, and traded for a capable backup/starter and veteran leader to pair with him in Jeremy Lin.

The Hawks have assembled a young core to this point, and could have up to three first-round picks, and five second-round selections next year, thanks to some cunning deals by the front office over the past couple seasons.

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