The Atlanta Hawks signed ex- Michigan State Spartan Matt Costello to a two-year deal on Sunday afternoon, according to G3 sports.
The 6’10” Power Forward/Center’s deal is worth only $50,000 guaranteed–a small sum comparatively, but that deal comes with the opportunity to make the 15-man regular season roster.
According to theonlycolors.com (An online Michigan State Community), Costello played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, or PIT. Costello finished with 12.3 PPG and 11.7 RPG.
The Hawks signed Costello on June 24 after he was selected to the PIT all-tournament team. Costello also went undrafted in this year’s NBA draft.
While Costello is strong on the boards and a decent post player, he does not offer much in the way of athleticism and would need a lot of work to be able to fit into the Hawks offensive scheme.
Best case scenario is that he becomes a project-player similar to Mike Muscala. Unfortunately for Costello, I don’t see him becoming better than Muscala at much of anything aside from rebounding.
After the conclusion of the Las Vegas Summer League (LSVL) on Monday night, NBA teams are taking the next step in finalizing their rosters ahead of training camp.
Apparently Atlanta saw enough in Costello to give him a shot to make the 15-man squad, though according to NBA.com, Costello had just 5.7 PPG and 5 RPG during the six game stretch.