The Atlanta Hawks announced today the signing of Damien Wilkins for the remainder of the season. Wilkins is the nephew of former Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins and originally signed with the club back on December 3rd after Joe Johnson was diagnosed with an elbow injury that required surgery.
Wilkins has provided depth to the Hawks while Joe Johnson and lately Marvin Williams were out injured. The club waived Wilkins on January 5th just a few days before his contract would have been automatically guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Wilkins then signed two consecutive 10-day contracts with Atlanta on January 8th and 18th. His second 10-day contract expired today and the Hawks were faced with either signing him for the remainder of the season or letting him walk,
Larry Drew has been in Wilkins corner since he arrived and I am sure that the rash of injuries the club has endured played a part in the decision to retain Wilkins. On the season, Wilkins has played in 20 games averaging about 12 minutes per contest. He averages 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.