The Atlanta Hawks are giving Matt Costello a chance to live out his NBA dream.
After the former Michigan State Spartans big man didn't hear his name called during the 2016 NBA Draft, Costello agreed to join the Hawks' summer league team, where he made a great impression on the team. That earned him a contract with the Hawks, which the team announced had been signed on Tuesday.
It's reportedly a two-year, non-guaranteed deal, so it looks like Costello is still facing an uphill battle to crack an NBA roster once the 2016-17 season opens, but just getting invited to training camp would be a nice accomplishment.
Costello had a breakout senior season, averaging 10.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He finished with double-digit scoring games in 11 of MSU's final 13 games while helping carry the Spartans to a Big Ten Championship.
a Productive showing in the summer league helped Costello show Atlanta enough to think he can develop into a quality NBA big man, and with the Hawks being thin frontcourt in terms of back-end depth, it's not crazy to think he could make the roster and earn minutes in his rookie year. He needs only to beat out role players like Kris Humphries, Tiago Splitter, Mike Muscala and Mike Scott to earn a roster spot and playing time in Atlanta.