Muscala's team option for next season was officially exercised by the Hawks on Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. As expected, the Hawks will retain Muscala for at least one more year as he'll enter the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him just over $1 million in 2016-17. The Bucknell product appeared in 60 contests last season, averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.
Muscala tallied two rebounds over six minutes in Monday's 104-93 Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers. Muscala has played in all seven of the Hawks' postseason games to date, but hasn't seen more than 14 minutes in any contest. He'll continue to serve as the Hawks' fourth big man, but don't expect him to see elevated court time unless either Paul Millsap or Al Horford succumb to an injury.
Muscala missed the Hawks' last two practices for personal reasons, but is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Suns, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Muscala has only been a bit player in the Hawks' rotation of late, appearing in nine of the team's last 15 games while averaging just 2.1 points and 0.8 rebounds over 4.6 minutes. He looks to be the fifth big man on the depth chart behind starters Paul Millsap and Al Horford and top reserves Kris Humphries and Mike Scott.
Muscala is averaging 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and .5 blocks over 15.3 minutes in February. Although Muscala is averaging double-digit minutes on the season and has played in 40 games, he has still been a fringe rotational player for much of the first half of the season. That said, with Tiago Splitter contemplating hip surgery, Muscala could certainly be in position to continue to see similar minutes to what he has thus far in February.
Muscala scored 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-7 FT) to go with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal over 20 minutes in a 124-86 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday. Court time has been hard to come by for Muscala of late, as the former Bucknell Bison had averaged just 4.4 minutes over an eight-game span from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31. Muscala was the first off the bench in Wednesday's game, however, as all 13 Hawks scored for a combined 52.2 field goal percentage. Despite the efficient performance against Philadelphia, fantasy owners should have tempered expectations -- Muscala fouled out in just 17 minutes against the Mavericks on Monday.
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