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Hawks sign Lamar Patterson, Terran Petteway

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Atlanta Hawks’ Lamar Patterson shoots over San Antonio Spurs’ Darion Atkins during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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The Hawks have 13 players with guaranteed contracts plus Mike Muscala, who’s a practical lock to make the team.

That leaves one open roster spot and now two candidates to fill it.

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Hawks acquired Patterson, the No. 48 pick in the 2014 draft, in a draft-night trade. He played overseas last season, allowing Atlanta to keep his rights. He’s a good passer and solid outside shooter, but his lack of athleticism will hold him back in the NBA.

Petteway went undrafted this year. He did a bit of everything for Nebraska, but he was pretty inefficient in his big role. Can he scale down his game in the NBA and find a niche?

Patterson and Petteway will likely compete throughout training camp to make the team. The Hawks also have the room exception available, which they could use to sign a veteran who reduces Patterson’s and Petteway’s chances to nil.