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The Atlanta Hawks signed forward/center Mike Muscala to a contract on Thursday.

Muscala had played the 2013-14 season with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro of the ACB League in Spain. The 6-foot-11, 230-pounder had averages of 14.6 points and a league-leading 7.8 rebounds per game through 20 games.

“We are really excited that Mike was available to join our team,” general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. “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.

“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.”

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

The Hawks also released center Dexter Pittman on Thursday. Pittman, who was signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 22, appeared in two games with no points.

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