Training camp begins in the (very) near future, and the Atlanta Hawks released an official injury update on Monday, Nov. 30. While one of the injuries, involving rookie center Onyeka Okongwu, was previously known, two of the three ailments came as something of a surprise.
Newly acquired guard Kris Dunn had an MRI on Nov. 24 and, following that exam, it was determined that he has “cartilage disruption” in his right knee. On the positive side, the Hawks say that Dunn is participating in “modified individual workouts” but, as is the case for all three injuries, he will be re-evaluated on Dec. 11. In addition, Dunn missed extended time with an injury to the same knee last season while with the Chicago Bulls, last appearing in a game on Jan. 29.
Veteran wing Tony Snell, who was acquired in a swap for Dewayne Dedmon, also had an MRI in late November, and he has been diagnosed with “inflammation of the cuboid bone in his right foot.” He recently began a “graduated return to re-loading, including form shooting and conditioning activities,” but will be re-evaluated on Dec. 11.
Finally, Okongwu’s well-documented foot injury was re-evaluated with an MRI on Nov. 20, and that confirmed “inflammation of the sesamoid bone in his left foot.” He also is facing a “graduated return to re-loading, including form shooting and conditioning activities,” with a re-evaluation date of Dec. 11.
Though none of these players project to start when the Hawks begin the preseason in mid-December, all project as potential rotation options. However, a grueling schedule awaits and, particularly in the case of Okongwu, Atlanta is fully incentivized to take their time and ensure that he is 100 percent before he takes the floor.