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Report: Damien Wilkins signed by Hawks for rest of season

Jan 28, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

Damien Wilkins

The Hawks didn’t bring in Damien Wilkins as a legacy, they brought him in because they thought he could play. And they liked what they have seen.

The Hawks have signed Wilkins through the end of the season, according to a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo.

Wilkins is the nephew of Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins (and son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins). He also played his college ball at Georgia, so he has a few connections to the team.

The 6’6” swingman has played about 12 minutes a game in 20 games for the Hawks this season. He came in to Atlanta in early December, but they let him go in January so his contract did not become guaranteed. Since then the Hawks have signed him to two 10-day contracts, but with the second of those up the Hawks had to sign him or let him walk.

Wilkins has bounced around in the NBA for seven seasons now and is 31 years old.

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