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Hawks assign Walter 'Edy' Tavares to D-League

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have sent rookie center Walter "Edy" Tavares to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

The move was made under the flexible assignment rule, giving the 7-foot-3 Tavares a chance to get some much-needed playing time.

Tavares appeared in only two of Atlanta's first nine games, for a total of two minutes. He was on the inactive list for six games.

The move was announced Wednesday by coach Mike Budenholzer before the Hawks hosted the New Orleans Pelicans.