Dwayne Dedmon made a name for himself during the 2016 season as he emerged as an essential bench player for the San Antonio Spurs. So much so, that the Atlanta Hawks have their eye on him.

Although he averaged 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game for the Spurs, he was critical to each and every game he saw action in. However, with limited cap space the Spurs might have to let their second-string center pack his bags and head elsewhere.

The Spurs just signed veteran Rudy Gay to a two-year, $17 million-plus contract and still have to sign forward Pau Gasol and restricted free agent Jonathan Simmons to contracts; so there’s not a lot of money to pay Dedmon.

The Hawks traded their starting center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets for Miles Plumlee and Marco Belinelli, so if acquired Dedmon will start as the team’s center.

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Another reason why San Antonio is unlikely to sign Dedmon to a lengthy contract is because the front office just penned big man Joffrey Lauvergne to a contract.

Lauvergne, 25, spent some time with the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder last season and he averaged 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds a game. As a big man, he fits the San Antonio mold perfectly: He can stretch the floor and he doesn’t need the ball much as he will be needed for his off the ball actions. However, when he does get the ball, he can score.

As for Dedmon, he seems to be on the outside looking as a quality, young big in this league.

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