Hawks' Pape Sy Signs With French Club BCM Gravelines

French club BCM Gravelines has announced the signing of Atlanta Hawks forward Pape Sy for the 2011-12 season. Gravelines, based in northern France, competes in the Pro A league but not Euroleague or Eurocup. The Hawks signed Sy to a three-year minimum contract in 2010 after making him a surprise No. 53 pick in the 2010 draft. Sy was born in France to Senegalese parents, and played for Le Havre in the Pro A for five years before jumping to the NBA.

Sy, 23, had just a cup of coffee with the Hawks last season, appearing in three regular season games and four playoff matches. He got 23 games in at the D-League Utah Flash, averaging 8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 minutes a match. 

Sy is cheap, which means there is little risk in keeping him for the Hawks, unless there's a roster size issue. The Hawks have Marvin Williams, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson on the wings and under contract going forward, plus the Bird rights to Jamal Crawford. But the Hawks don't have to make a decision any time soon.

Sportando and HoopsHype both reported the Sy news on Friday.

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