The Atlanta Hawks signed center Tyler Zeller to a 10-day contract, the team announced today.
A six-year NBA veteran, Zeller has appeared in 406 career regular season contests (165 starts), averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.6 minutes (.508 FG%, .764 FT%) with Cleveland, Boston, Brooklyn and Milwaukee. He has participated in 25 postseason contests (seven starts) and has averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes (.527 FG%, .739 FT%).
Selected by Dallas with the 17th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Zeller’s rights were traded to Cleveland on draft night, where he earned NBA All-Rookie second team honors in 2013.
Zeller played collegiately at North Carolina, where he capped his four-year career as ACC Player of the Year as well as a consensus second team All-American. He grew up in Washington, Indiana and was the state’s Mr. Basketball in 2008. Zeller’s brother, Cody, plays for the Charlotte Hornets, while his brother, Luke, played for the Phoenix Suns in 2012-13.
Atlanta Hawks waived G Jeremy Lin, the team announced on Monday. According to ESPN, Lin is expected to sign with the Raptors.
Lin could sign with the Raptors as soon as midweek, according to the report.
In 51 games (one start) with the Hawks, Lin, 30, averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds on .466 FG%, .333 3FG% and .845 FT% in 19.7 minutes per contest.
The Atlanta Hawks were able to win in Cleveland on Friday without Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder. What they did today at Phillips Arena was even more improbable. Down 26 points to start the 4th quarter, the Hawks scored 44 points in quarter to take the game to OT, and ultimately win 126-125 in OT.
Paul Millsap hit a corner jumper at the buzzer to take the game into OT. In OT, the Hawks were able to come back from a five-point deficit.
Kyrie Irving scored 45 points. LeBron James, who fouled out in OT, had a triple-double with 32 points, 16 rebs, and 10 asts. Millsap scored 22 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21.
Cavaliers and Celtics are now tied for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.