Hawks Sign First-Round Draft Pick

July 12, 2002

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks signed first-round draft pick Dan Dickau to a three-year rookie contract worth about $2.08 million on Thursday.

Under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Dickau, the 28th overall pick in last month's draft, will receive about $647,000 in his first season.

Dickau will compete with veteran Emanual Davis for minutes as a backup to staring point guard Jason Terry. Dickau is expected to start at that position when the Hawks play six games in Shaw's Pro Summer League in Boston next week.

"It's a good feeling to officially be a Hawk," Dickau said. "I've enjoyed the experience of rookie camp the last couple of days. I'm excited to learn the Hawks' system and get a feel for what the NBA is all about."

The Hawks had no first-round pick this year but worked out a draft-day deal with Sacramento to get Dickau.

The 6-foot guard averaged 21 points and 4.7 assists at Gonzaga as a senior and was selected first-team All-America by The Associated Press, the first player so honored in school history.



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