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Pero Antic | Center

Team: Atlanta Hawks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 238
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The Hawks are fully expected to guarantee Pero Antic's $1.3 million salary prior to the July 15 deadline, keeping him in Atlanta for the 2014-15 season.
Antic is a powerful center at 6'11", 260 pounds, but his 3-point shooting range presents a unique challenge for opposing centers -- just ask Roy Hibbert and the Pacers. He was bothered by a sore right ankle in the playoffs, which may have contributed to his terrible 16.7 percent shooting in the postseason, but there has been no mention of the injury since the season ended. Jul 1 - 4:34 PM

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The Hawks are likely to pick up Pero Antic's 2014-15 team option, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Antic's team option is for $1.25 million and comes as a good deal for the Hawks after he averaged 8.8 points, 1.3 three, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists following the All-Star break. Antic will serve as a backup to Paul Millsap and a presumably healthy Al Horford, but he provides the Hawks with good insurance in case either gets injured and solid bench depth otherwise.
May 8 - 9:54 AM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that Pero Antic may play a larger role in Game 7 vs. the Pacers.

"Pero would like to make a few shots," said Budenholzer, referring to Antic's 18.9 percent shooting in the playoffs. "[But] if you look at the game closely, look at the numbers closely, Pero is having a really positive impact on the game and on the series ... Pero have been very good and will be used the same, if not more." If nothing else, Antic's presence on the court has forced the Pacers to deploy more mobile big men than Roy Hibbert, who has been relegated to cheerleader duty throughout most of the series.
May 3 - 4:07 PM

Pero Antic went cold with two points on 1-of-6 shooting in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Pacers, and he missed a potentially game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

Antic is shooting a miserable 6-of-27 from the field in the playoffs, including 21.4 percent from downtown. His very presence on the perimeter has caused the Pacers problems, however, by drawing Roy Hibbert away from the paint and forcing coach Frank Vogel to tweak his defensive approach during the series. The 31-year-old rookie made 32.7 percent of his 3-pointers during the regular season, and it's fair to wonder if his sore right ankle is causing his postseason malaise.
Apr 26 - 5:12 PM

Pero Antic said on Monday that his sore right ankle continues to bother him, but he will play through the discomfort in the postseason.

Antic had three points and three rebounds in 19 minutes on Monday and there's a good chance the Hawks will rest him for Wednesday's game, since they're already locked into the eighth seed in the East. To upset the top-seed Pacers, Atlanta will need Antic and Elton Brand to stay healthy and give them quality minutes at center.
Apr 15 - 4:16 PM

Pero Antic (ankle) returned to action in Monday's loss, playing 19 minutes on his way to three points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Antic hasn't shown owners anything to warrant a pickup, while Elton Brand (12 points, seven rebounds, two steals, three blocks, 21 minutes) continues to put up must-start numbers in his typical low-minute role.
Apr 14 - 10:51 PM

Pero Antic (ankle) will not play on Saturday.

He returned to play 18 minutes on Friday but may have aggravated his injury, so the Hawks will start Elton Brand at center and rely on guys like Mike Scott and Paul Millsap to pick up some of the slack.
Apr 12 - 6:08 PM

Pero Antic (ankle) returned to action on Friday, scoring just four points on 2-of-6 shooting with one rebound in 18 minutes.

Antic could theoretically hit a few threes as the season winds down but owners can't really even count on that. If he can get back on track the next time out, we'll let you know.
Apr 11 - 11:14 PM

Pero Antic (ankle) will come off the bench against the Nets on Friday.

Elton Brand will stay in the starting lineup after an impressive double-double on Wednesday. Antic's sore ankle has kept him limited numerous times since the break and he might just split the minutes down the middle with Brand tonight. Mike Scott also takes a hit here.
Apr 11 - 6:12 PM

Pero Antic (ankle) is listed as probable to face the Nets on Friday.

He missed Wednesday's game with his lingering ankle soreness and the amount of time off since Tuesday's game seems to have helped him. Elton Brand was terrific in that Wednesday game, so anyone who picked up EB from that game might want to reconsider using him tonight. Antic is not an option in most leagues.
Apr 11 - 5:32 PM

Pero Antic (ankle) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Nets.

Antic did participate in the morning shootaround and the Hawks are desperately trying to hold off the Knicks for the final playoff spot in the East. We'd expect Antic to be in the starting five.
Apr 11 - 11:46 AM

The Hawks will not practice on Thursday, therefore we won't have an update on the status of Pero Antic (ankle) until Friday.

He's questionable for Friday's game and owners will have to wait to see if he's going to play. If he's out, Elton Brand and Mike Scott will see a bump in value tomorrow.
Apr 10 - 11:40 AM

Pero Antic (ankle) will not play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He was a game-time call for his sore ankle and the soreness was likely too much tonight. With Antic out, Elton Brand should be busy in the starting lineup. Mike Scott could also get some run with the Hawks mixing and matching their way with smaller lineups.
Apr 9 - 7:15 PM

Pero Antic played through his sore ankle on Sunday to score a season-high 18 points with three 3-pointers and six rebounds as the Hawks steamrolled the Pacers in Indiana.

The victory, coupled with the Knicks' loss earlier on Sunday, gives the Hawks a solid two-game hold on the East's final playoff spot. Atlanta has six more games in the regular season, but unfortunately none of them come against New York or Cleveland, the two teams they're vying with for the playoffs.
Apr 6 - 8:36 PM

Pero Antic (ankle) will start against the Pacers on Sunday night.

His ankle has been an issue for a while, but he sounds like he'll be good to go. It should be interesting to see how the Pacers cover Antic as a stretch five and they might want to put David West on him to help Roy Hibbert stay in the paint and get his groove back. Antic is a low-end fantasy option.
Apr 6 - 5:29 PM

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PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Shelvin Mack
3Dennis Schroder
4Lamar Patterson
SG1Kyle Korver
2Thabo Sefolosha
3John Jenkins
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Kent Bazemore
PF1Paul Millsap
2Mike Scott
3Adreian Payne
C1Al Horford
2Pero Antic
3Mike Muscala
4Walter Tavares