Hunter (knee) won't require a second platelet-rich plasma injection, which should shed about 7-to-10 days off his original recovery timeline, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports. The 23-year-old was expected to miss 7-to-10 weeks after undergoing knee surgery in early February, but that timeline may now be a bit shorter. According to Kirschner, Hunter has been cleared for unrestricted weight-room work and progressive court reloading, and he'll be re-evaluated March 19. The young forward could return during Atlanta's eight-game road trip during the back half March, which begins March 20 and ends April 2.
Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk said Hunter has scheduled a visit Friday with his doctors, who will determine whether he requires a second platelet-rich plasma injection in his surgically repaired right knee, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports. According to Schlenk, whether or not Hunter requires the second PRP shot will provide more clarity regarding the second-year forward's timeline for recovery. Shortly after Hunter required a scope for his meniscus in early February, Schlenk estimated the 23-year-old would be sidelined for seven to 10 weeks, so he's not expected to be ready to play coming out of the All-Star break regardless of the news he receives from his doctors. Instead, Hunter's fantasy managers should plan on him being available no sooner than late March in a best-case scenario.
Hunter (knee) has moved to weight-bearing exercises and some on-court work as he rehabs from surgery on his right meniscus, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports. Hunter underwent a debridement procedure just over a week ago, so the fact that he's already making progress is a considerable step in the right direction. Spears notes that Hunter has been able to go through form shooting and ball-handling drills in addition to activities geared toward strengthening the knee. The Hawks plan to evaluate Hunter in two weeks, at which point we should have a better gauge as to whether he's ahead of the seven-to-10-week timetable the team initially put forth. Prior to the injury, Hunter was enjoying a breakout sophomore campaign, averaging 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals while raising his shooting percentages across the board.
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said that Hunter underwent successful surgery on his right knee Monday, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports. "Doctors say, typically, on average, these things are 7-to-10 weeks," Schlenk said of Hunter's projected recovery timeline. "And most of the guys are ready to go by eight weeks. So we're hopeful." The Hawks had previously indicated that Hunter would be re-evaluated in two weeks following surgery, but the 23-year-old was never considered likely to be ready to play by the end of February or early March. Schlenk's update provides further clarity on the matter, as Hunter now looks set to be sidelined until at least early April, if not longer. With Hunter now expected to miss roughly 25 to 35 games, he'll be tough to justify holding in most leagues, even though he should be ready to play by the time the regular season comes to an end. The knee injury is a tough setback for Hunter, who had taken a major step forward in his sophomore campaign with averages of 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.7 three-pointers and 0.9 steals in 32.2 minutes per game on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor and 87.7 percent shooting from the free-throw line. Kevin Huerter, Danilo Gallinari and Cam Reddish should be the main beneficiaries of Hunter's absence in the next few weeks, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) should also see some added value when he's eventually able to return from a long-term injury of his own.
Hunter will undergo a lateral meniscus arthroscopic debridement procedure Monday that will keep him out at least two weeks, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hunter has missed the last four games due to a right knee injury, and he'll undergo another procedure that will keep him out for several weeks. The team expects to provide an update on his recovery approximately two weeks after his surgery, and a better idea of his return timetable could be known at that point. Cam Reddish and Danilo Gallinari should see increased run while Hunter is sidelined.
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||63||280||41.0||108||35.5||110||76.4||778||12.35||1247|