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Rumor Central: Hawks second-round pick to play in France this season

Forward/center Alpha Kaba, the No. 60 selection in the 2017 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, will play in France during the 2017-18 season after signing a multiyear contract with Asvel Villeurbanne. The club's president is San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker.

"It is a great satisfaction to have been able to sign Alpha, a young but already productive and promising interior that is part of a long-term project with us," Parker said. "The fact that he signed three years is a continuation of our desire to retain the players and to have a real identity to which our public and our partners can join."

The Hawks were planning to stash Kaba overseas for at least one season when they used the last selection in the draft to take him. Kaba played in five games during the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged five points and four rebounds.

In 2016-17, Kaba played in Serbia with Mega Leks and averaged 10.9 points and 7.5 rebounds.

-- Nick Silva

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