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Report: Hawks signing Luke Babbitt to one-year contract

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Luke Babbitt #5 of the Miami Heat drives on Serge Ibaka #7 of the Orlando Magic during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The Hawks don’t want to bottom out.

To that end, Luke Babbitt should help.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Michael Scott of ESPN:

Babbitt’s minimum salary is $1,974,159. It sounds as if he’ll get that.

Between Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova, Miles Plumlee, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore, Dewayne Dedmon and now Babbitt, Atlanta is committing a lot of its roster spots to players who will be at least 28 when the season begins. For a likely bad team, that limits swings at players who can be developed for the future.

Babbitt is a good 3-point shooter whose defensive effort makes him passable on that end. There’s room in the league for players like that. On such a cheap deal, Babbitt might even fetch a better young asset before the trade deadline than the Hawks could have gotten now.

In the meantime, they probably hope Babbitt helps them win enough to remain relevant. That’s a longer shot.