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Former Maryland center and NBA lottery pick Alex Len restarting his career in Atlanta

Former Maryland center and NBA lottery pick Alex Len restarting his career in Atlanta

Five years is typically not that long in a young man’s life.

Still, it seems to many Maryland fans that it’s been a lot longer since Alex Len was a Terp, his two seasons in College Park coinciding with Mark Turgeon’s first two as the team’s coach.

And it might seem that way to Len, still only 25, when it comes to the start of his NBA career. Despite many retirees flocking to Phoenix to extend their lives, Len’s five seasons with the Suns nearly shortened his life professionally.

That changed last summer, when Len signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks. While he went from one perennially rebuilding team to another just starting that process, the...

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