Though Clint Capela is the team’s center of the future, Dewayne Dedmon is already making an impact for the Atlanta Hawks, providing effective rim protection, floor-spacing and leadership in the locker room. On Wednesday evening, Dedmon’s absence was clearly felt in what became a ten-point home loss to the Orlando Magic and, just hours later, the Hawks provided an update on the veteran center that will keep him off the floor for at least one week.
On Thursday morning, Dedmon underwent a non-surgical procedure to address right elbow pain. The injury will keep him out for at least the next three games — against the Nets, Blazers and Grizzlies at home — and he will be re-evaluated at that point.
As always, re-evaluation does not mean return, and it is possible that Dedmon could be sidelined for additional time. Capela is not expected to return for any of the next three games, leaving the Hawks with only Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones as pure centers, with John Collins available to shift to that slot on a regular basis.
In six games since rejoining the Hawks, Dedmon is averaging 22.8 minutes per game, making four starts and immediately operating as the team’s No. 1 center option in Capela’s absence. He is averaging 7.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
Following the three-game absence, the Hawks do have three days off between games, though Atlanta returns to action next Friday with a road back-to-back against the Wizards and Grizzlies.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available.