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Hawks sign Muscala

<p>The Atlanta Hawks signed forward/center Mike Muscala on Thursday.</p>

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks signed forward/center Mike Muscala on Thursday.

The Hawks acquired the rights to Muscala, who was 44th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in a trade with Dallas on June 28, 2013.

Prior to signing with the Hawks, Muscala had played the 2013-14 season with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro of the ACB League in Spain. The 6-11, 230-pounder had averages of 14.6 points (seventh in the ACB) and a league-leading 7.8 rebounds through 20 games.

"We are really excited that Mike was available to join our team. We've closely monitored Mike and his progress throughout the ACB season. Coach Fernandez and his Obradoiro CAB club did an excellent job with his continued development," said Hawks general manager Danny Ferry in a statement Thursday. "Due to our current injuries, Mike's representatives presented the concept of Mike joining us for the remainder of the season. With our roster situation and his strong play, we felt now was a good time to add Mike to our program."

A four-year letterman at Bucknell (2009-2013), Muscala finished his career first on the school's all-time scoring list (2,036 points), and second in rebounds (1,093) and blocks (271). He was named the Patriot League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 18.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.3 assists in 34 games.

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