NBA Rumor: Mike Muscala Free Agency

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The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has re-signed forward Mike Muscala, it was announced today by General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Last season in 70 games (three starts) with the Hawks, Muscala averaged career-highs of 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.7 minutes (.504 FG%, .418 3FG%, .766 FT%). He scored in double figures 20 times, ranking second on the club in FG% and fifth in rpg.

Q. What are your thoughts about becoming an unrestricted free agent because this is new territory for you? Mike Muscala. It’s new territory. I’m going to take some time to decompress after the season. You are very emotionally involved. It’s a long season. There were ups and downs along the way. Take some time and take it day by day from there. Q. Would you like it if it worked out to remain here? Mike Muscala. Absolutely. Obviously, this is where I was drafted. Atlanta is a special place for me. I feel like the organization is headed in the right direction with the ownership and the coaching staff, practice facility. I’ve loved my time here. It’s sure a lot warmer than where I’m from in Minnesota. That doesn’t hurt either.

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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In the locker room after the Nets’ 86-83 loss, there were lots of “atta boys” and “pick your head ups” and “we’ll live with that shot” from teammates, but Irving had a little piece of extra advice. Be like dad. Dunk it. “Kyrie was like, ‘Hey, you gotta try and dunk it, get a foul or something,’” Brown said. “That’s definitely what I should have done. I had the lane and the angle too, so maybe if I did that I’d have gotten a foul call, gotten to the line. If I had taken my two steps toward the rim, I probably could’ve dunked the ball.”
The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and he’d recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brown’s way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, “I shot it too hard, I was trying to get it up a little higher, but he was nowhere near the ball, looking at the pictures and the film. “I could’ve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,” he said. “I made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.”
Harris wasn’t the only one misfiring in the Nets’ 86-83 loss. Add in Landry Shamet (1-for-4) and Mike James (1-for-5), and three Nets who can make a defense pay for double-teaming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were a combined 3-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. If those supporting cast numbers are repeated Sunday in Game 4, the series soon could be tied. “If you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didn’t,” coach Steve Nash said. “I thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but that’s not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.”