Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk said Tuesday that Capela (heel) could be available to play in a potential summer competition between the Hawks and the other seven teams who won't be included when the NBA resumes its season in Orlando in late July, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the eight teams excluded from the 22-team group in Orlando are still eager to set up a mandatory summer training camp or regional fall league that would allow players to take part in some competitive action before the 2020-21 season, which would eliminate a nearly nine-month window between games for those clubs. If the NBA and players' union both come to agreement on a training camp or short-term league for those teams, Capela looks like he'll be ready to participate after having not played in a game since Jan. 29, when he was still a member of the Rockets. He was traded to the Hawks less than a week later and was sidelined with plantar fasciitis and a bone bruise in his right heel until the NBA suspended its season in mid-March, but the center looks to have nearly moved past the issue. At the very least, Capela looks like he'll be fully healthy by the time the Hawks hold a traditional training camp in advance of the 2020-21 campaign.