“This time, for myself, I don’t want to say that I had a chance but didn’t go (to the NBA),” Antic said. “This is for myself, for a bigger challenge, and this is the biggest challenge you can get.”
Antic said he sees himself as a power forward who can spread the floor with his ability to shoot and who will get rebounds. He added that he will play center if that is what the Hawks need him to do.
“Pero is a skilled and versatile big man who will add depth to our frontcourt,” general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. “He will fit in well with what we’re building and we’re excited to add him to the team.”
Last season, the 30-year-old Antic averaged 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.2 minutes.
Antic’s agent announced Wednesday that the player had reached a two-year agreement, which includes a second-year option. Antic needed to pass a physical and work out final details before making the signing official.
The captain of the Macedonia National team will return overseas for the European Championships, EuroBasket 2013, in Slovenia from Sept. 4-22. He intends to fly to Atlanta immediately following the tournament.
“The more time I have with the (Hawks) the better the adjustment,” Antic said.
Etc.: The Hawks have watched unrestricted-free-agent center Greg Oden work out, as have several other NBA teams recently. Oden, 25, hasn't played an NBA game since December 2009. The former No. 1 overall pick has been plagued by injury. He has played in only 82 games after having undergone multiple microfracture knee surgeries. Other teams with reported interest in Oden are the Kings, Heat, Pelicans, Spurs and Mavericks. … Al Horford has decided to not play for the Dominican Republic National team in the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament. The center told the AJC earlier this month that he was "pretty certain" he would skip the tournament in favor of a trip to South Africa with Basketball without Borders. Horford announced his final decision Wednesday on Twitter.