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Mike Scott to miss at least four weeks with knee injury

The Ryan Kelly-Edy Tavares news makes more sense now.

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Update: The Hawks have announced a four-week timetable for Scott’s injury, as reported below.

On Wednesday afternoon, word broke that the Atlanta Hawks are set to move on from Edy Tavares in favor of Ryan Kelly and, now, that move makes a bit more sense. Chris Vivlamore of the AJC brings word that Hawks forward Mike Scott will be unavailable for the next month or so as a result of a knee injury.

Scott, who is coming off the best season of his career in 2015-2016, has missed the team’s first two games with what is termed as a sore left knee, but this procedure certainly indicates that there is a more significant issue. In the absence of both Scott and Tiago Splitter, Mike Muscala and Kris Humphries have occupied the great majority of backup minutes in the frontcourt, but with Kelly set to reportedly join the roster, that brings another versatile, offensive-minded body to the mix.

It remains to be seen as to what Kelly’s potential impact could be and, honestly, what the Hawks plan to do with that roster spot once Splitter and/or Scott returns. However, the team continues to roll with two point guards and, for now, it looks as if the Tavares/Kelly news could be directly linked to the Scott injury.

Stay tuned.