After a period of quarantine and testing at a local hotel, the Atlanta Hawks begin voluntary offseason team workouts on Wednesday. In advance of the team’s on-court work, president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk set the tone with public comments on Monday, but Atlanta’s principal decision-maker was coy on which players were expected to be in attendance for the Hawks.
On Wednesday, however, the organization released an official list of the available roster for the workouts, and Atlanta’s entire young core was included.
In addition to the six core pieces — Trae Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish, Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter and Clint Capela — pending free agent Skal Labissiere is included in the assembled group. He is the only player from the 2019-20 roster involved in the workouts without a contract for 2020-21. Brandon Goodwin and Bruno Fernando are also in the mix among players under contract. Dewayne Dedmon is not included and the veteran center is the only player under contract that is not listed.
On Monday, Schlenk noted the limitations of the (comparatively) short period of time assigned to these workouts. As such, there is a focus on camaraderie and team building with a young squad, in addition to the consideration of getting Capela on the floor with the Hawks for the first time since he was acquired in February.
As part of the agreement between the NBA and NBPA to allow workouts for the franchises not invited to the Orlando bubble, the Hawks are allowed to include players from the 2019-20 College Park SkyHawks. This allows for depth through the prism of live 5-on-5 scrimmaging (which is allowed one hour per day), and Atlanta’s workout roster stands at 15 players.