Apparently Atlanta Hawks coaches Mike Budenholzer and Taylor Jenkins, and GM Danny Ferry still set their D-League sights on Austin as the Hawks called up Dexter Pittman and signed him to a 10-day contract yesterday.
The Toros acquired Pittman earlier this season, and he played in 17 games with the Toro,s averaging 9.5 points, six rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 17.5 minutes.
Pittman should be a quick learner in Atlanta, having played in the same system in Austin that Budenholzer utilizes in Atlants.
Pittman was likely signed for some added frontcourt depth to make up for the loss of Al Horford and the recent injuries of Pero Antic, Gustavo Ayon and Paul Millsap.
Pittman was available for last night’s win against the Knicks, but did not play.
With Millsap day-to-day and Ayon likely soon to return, it’s a safe bet that Pittman could be back in Austin or the D-League once his contract expires. While the Hawks freed Pittman’s roster spot by waiving Antawn Jamison, Pittman maxes out the Hawks roster at 15 and Budenholzer and Co. may want the flexibility an open roster spot gives them in the stretch run of the season.
The loss of Pittman leaves a big hole in the frontcourt for the Toros as evidenced when the Toros used a four guard starting lineup today with Luke Zeller starting at center. Aside from Zeller, the Toros do not have a single activeplayer over 6-8.