Hawks sign veteran Pargo to 10-day contract

Hawks sign veteran Pargo to 10-day contract

Published Jan. 21, 2013 11:04 a.m. ET

When guards Lou Williams and Devin Harris went down with injuries on back-to-back nights last week, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry knew he had to make a move — and fast.

Enter Jannero Pargo, a former Hawks guard who signed a 10-day contract with the team Monday to provide a backup for starting point guard Jeff Teague.

Pargo is in his ninth season in the NBA and is your typical journeyman veteran: He's played for six different teams in his career. He also has played in Russia and Greece. Hawks supporters should recognize the name and No. 7 jersey, as well. Pargo played in 50 games for Atlanta during the 2011-12 season, averaging 13.4 minutes and 5.6 points per game.

His most recent stop came in Washington this season, where he played seven games before being waived in November.

Pargo will be available immediately for Hawks coach Larry Drew and will be on the bench for Atlanta's game Monday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In his 436 career games, the 6-foot-1 guard has posted respectable career numbers — averaging 6.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and two assists per contest. He should help bridge the gap between now and Harris' return.

Harris sprained his left ankle versus the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night and is listed as day to day. Williams, on the other hand, will not return this season after tearing his ACL against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

At the very least, Pargo's signing will provide Drew with a familiar face on the bench for the next 10 days.