Former Jaguar takes Hawks' offer

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Garret Siler: Division II All-American at Augusta State is one step away from becoming an NBA player in 2009-10.

Garret Siler is staying close to home.


The former Augusta State All-American center announced Tuesday night his decision to attend the Atlanta Hawks' veteran camp in late September.

He said he expected to sign the paperwork later this week.

Siler also had an offer from Minnesota, but the Timberwolves signed 7-foot center Ryan Hollins, a restricted free agent from the Dallas Mavericks. Shortly after learning the news, Siler's agent, Lance Young, fielded a call from Atlanta. The Hawks offered Siler an opportunity to come up a few weeks early in advance of their training camp.

"It's a lot easier to focus on your prayers," Siler said about now having just one team on his radar.

Young joked with Siler about slipping Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson $50 at the Hawks' minicamp two weeks ago because Woodson speaks so highly of the 7-foot, 278-pound center.

"(Woodson) liked me a lot," Siler said. "The assistant general manager likes me. The regular general manager likes me.

"I guess that Southern Siler smile just kills them."

Siler continues to work on his game with former Jaguars assistant coach Lenny Carlson. Siler's also watching his diet -- Woodson told him to stay in shape.

Siler said he expects to head to Atlanta around Sept. 12. He said he believes he'll compete with about 20 players for a roster spot.

"I'm going to come ready to go to work," he said.

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