Hawks Sign Luke Babbitt To One-Year Deal

AUGUST 9: The Hawks have officially signed Babbitt, the team confirmed today in a press release.Luke Babbitt vertical

AUGUST 4: The Hawks have reached an agreement to sign free agent forward Luke Babbitt, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). According to Wojnarowski, Babbitt will receive a one-year contract from Atlanta.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports (via Twitter) that Babbitt’s one-year deal will be worth $1.9MM. The minimum salary in 2017/18 for a player with Babbitt’s experience is $1,974,159, so it sounds like it’ll be a minimum pact.

Babbitt, 28, spent last season with another Southeast team, averaging 4.8 PPG and 2.1 RPG in 68 games for Miami. Although Babbitt’s numbers were modest, he started 55 games for Miami and knocked down 41.4% of his three-point attempts, playing a role for the club during its 30-11 second-half run.

Few players have been as reliable from outside in recent years as Babbitt, who has made an impressive 43.8% of his long-distance attempts since the start of the 2014/15 season. He’ll bring that shooting touch to an Atlanta team that waived Mike Dunleavy Jr. earlier this summer.

Babbitt was one of five notable free agent forwards we identified as potentially intriguing investments earlier this week. The other four, including Dunleavy, remain on the open market.

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5 thoughts on “Hawks Sign Luke Babbitt To One-Year Deal

  1. formerlyz

    Shot almost 46% from 3 from January until the end of the season. While he was an issue defensively, he did also improve there, although he was coming from complete trash with no defensive position, in that regard…was more bearable to watch, and actually some fun, when he was knocking down shots.

    With Winslow, JJ, and Okaro White in Miami, there was no spot for him, obviously. That being said, the Heat could still use another option that can play 4/3, and probably another big. Only room for 1 more though, so whoever that is will obviously replace Hammons

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    • Detlef kempf

      Well they signed Olynk that’s why the heat didn’t bring him back, and they still have mccroberts who is basically the same player as Babbitt he has just been hurt.
      Babbit is 6’10” and those 3 point percentages are impressive even if he doesn’t play a lot.

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      • formerlyz

        Seems like you haven’t watched a Heat game, or Josh McRoberts or Luke Babbit, in several years

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