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Mike Muscala
Mike Muscala
Position: F-C
Born: 07/01/91
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:239 lbs. / 108.4 kg.
Salary: $1,015,696
Muscala admits free agency is on his mind but feels if he continues putting in the same work, it will ultimately be rewarded. “Yeah, you know I think [free agency is] always in the back of your mind, but you just got to take it game by game,” Muscala told Basketball Insiders. “I think I’ve been trying to do that my whole career. The league is like that. You can have a great night one night and then the next night things just don’t go your way at all. So you got to be mentally prepared, you got to be ready to go every night, you can’t look past any games, you can’t get too complacent or also get too frustrated. If things aren’t going your way, there are 82 games, so luckily you can try to bounce back. “I thought I worked pretty hard this offseason. I had a good offseason in Atlanta. I’ll just try to take it game by game though.”
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The Hawks open training camp next month. There will be a different narrative to start the new season. It won’t be about who makes the team, but who does not. The Hawks have 16 players under contract and 15 roster spots. Muscala has a strong chance to return. The Hawks picked up his option year this summer and he will enter the final year of his contract. Part of the big-man competition includes center Edy Tavares, who enters his second season after very limited playing time last year.
Storyline: Training Camp Invitations
“Obviously, it’s something I know,” Muscala said of the Hawks’ need to trim a returning player barring a trade. “I understand it. All I can really do is work on my game and see what happens. I love the Hawks. I love the organization. As for who will be on the 15-man roster, I can’t say. It’s out of my control. A lot of people ask me about it but it’s out of my control. I keep working. I’ve learned through the years that if you do that, you make it hard on yourself. I’ve had to battle through non-guaranteed contracts. I came on a partially guaranteed two years ago. I battled through that. If I were to think I have to do this and this to stay on the team, it’s not that mindset. It’s make the right play and do good today in practice and it will figure itself out.”
The late-season acquisition appeared in just one of the Hawks’ six playoff games against the Celtics in the first round. The center played 8:48 in a Game 5 blowout win, entering in the fourth quarter with the Hawks leading by 29 points. Budenholzer chose to use a combination of Mike Muscala and Mike Scott to combat the smaller and quicker lineup the Celtics used in the series. Humphries had five DNP-CDs. “I think we’ll need Kris in this series,” Budenholzer said Saturday. “I can see us needing Kris and (Muscala) and everybody. I think Kris is always ready. He’s anxious. He’s let me know he is ready to go.”