Tavares, Patterson D-League assignments will be extended stints

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer described the current NBA Development League assignments of Edy Tavares and Lamar Patterson as “long term” on Saturday.

The rookies have each made several short trips to the D-League this season as part of their player development. However, with the Hawks entering the final quarter of the regular season, the roster has been set at 13 players with a rotation of 10.

“I think is going to be most likely a long-term scenario,” Budenholzer said. “I think it’s going to be good for them to play multiple games and practice and be more settled. I don’t know exactly how long it will be but to say it’s a long-term outlook is fair.”

Tavares, the 7-foot-3 center, has been assigned to the D-League on 10 occasions – eight with Austin, once with Canton and once with Bakersfield. He was sent to Austin on March 6 and will remain for the foreseeable future. He has appeared in 18 total games and averaged 9.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 21.3 minutes. Tavares has played in 10 games for the Hawks and averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.6 minutes.

Patterson, the 6-5 guard/forward, has been assigned to the D-League five times – four with Austin and once with Canton. He was sent to Canton on March 1 and continue the assignment. He has appeared in 11 total games and averaged 15.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 30.6 minutes. Patterson has appeared in 35 games for the Hawks and averaged 2.4 points, 1.1 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 11.3 minutes.