Dedmon has decided to opt-in to his player option and return to the Hawks next season. Dedmon will look to continue his success with the Hawks next season after posting career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals a season ago.
Dedmon recorded 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 62 games played with Atlanta during the 2017-18 season.
Dedmon enjoyed his best season of his young, five-year career in 2017-18 as he averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals. The USC product also improved upon his 69.9 percent free-throw percentage from last year to 77.9 percent this year. Dedmon has a player option on the table for next season at the price tag of $6.3 million.
Dedmon recorded 14 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists across 25 minutes in Tuesday's 121-113 loss to the 76ers.
Over the last half of the season for Dedmon, he averaged 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game on just 25 minutes, while almost posting an average of one block and steal per game over that same span. He has proven he can be a defensive force as well as convert well inside the paint, which should allow him to be utilized come next season for the Hawks.
Dedmon finished with 12 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes during Friday's 103-97 victory over the Wizards.
Dedmon played 31 minutes Friday despite having a nagging rib injury. The fact he played at all is a good sign given the current trend of resting players with even the smallest ailment. Dedmon has had a really strong finish to the season and has been able to record multiple double-doubles while chipping in with some defensive stats and perimeter scoring. Keep an eye on his status for the next game but assuming he plays, he should be owned everywhere.
Dedmon (ribs) will be available Friday against the Wizards, Michael Cunningham of the Journal-Constitution reports.
Dedmon was initially listed as probable with sore ribs, but he'll be available for a second straight game after missing the team's win over Orlando on Sunday. Wednesday against Miami, Dedmon played 22 minutes and had six points, eight rebounds and two assists.
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