Atlanta Hawks: Pero Antic Brings Much-Needed Size

By A.J. Speier
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With the remaining list of NBA free agents looking less appealing at this point in the offseason, the Atlanta Hawks have decided to look overseas for front court depth.

A deal has yet to be made official, but it appears the Hawks have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with European power forward/center Pero Antic. His agent, Misko Raznatovic, broke the news via Twitter on Wednesday.

Antic will turn 31-years old on Monday, but is joining the Hawks after a successful two-year stint in the Greek League, where he helped Olympiacos win consecutive Euroleague championships.

While he isn’t expected to receive significant minutes, the 6’11’’, 260 pound Antic will bring size to a Hawks team that desperately needs it. The Hawks current frontcourt consists of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Elton Brand, but all three are considered undersized when forced to play as center.

Along with his size, Antic comes with a wealth of experience from playing overseas. The Macedonia native has played professionally in five different countries including Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia. He also was the captain of the semi-finalist Macedonia national team in the EuroBasket 2011.

During his time overseas, Antic played an enforcer role on the defensive end, but was limited in his offensive skill set. Antic started in four of the 31 games he appeared in during Euroleague, averaging six points and 3.5 rebounds in 18 minutes per game.

The signing of Antic and eventually DeMarre Carroll will fill 11 guaranteed roster spots and will force the Hawks to make a roster move. The Hawks have three non-guaranteed players in DeShawn Stevenson, Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack and two unsigned rookies in Lucas Noguiera and Mike Muscala, who have the option of playing overseas instead.

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