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Ex-Laker Medvedenko signs with Hawks

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks added another veteran inside
player on Thursday, signing former Lakers forward-center
Slava Medvedenko.

Medvedenko played for Los Angeles from 2000-06, averaging 5.4
points and 2.9 rebounds in 249 games. The 6-foot-10 Medvedenko, a
native of Kiev, Ukraine, won NBA championship rings with the Lakers
in 2001, when he played with current Hawks guard Tyronn Lue, and
again in 2002.

He was waived by Los Angeles in March.

Terms of his deal with the Hawks were not released by the team.

The Hawks have lost starting forward Josh Smith for four weeks
following hernia surgery on Tuesday. The team added veteran center
Lorenzen Wright as a backup in the offseason and drafted power
forward Shelden Williams in the first round of the 2006 draft.

Medvedenko, 27, is expected to play behind starting center Zaza
Pachulia and Wright.

The Hawks waived forward Matt Freije earlier in the week in
anticipation of signing Medvedenko.