Dedmon (ankle) is not expected to play in Wednesday's season opener against the Knicks, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Right now, Dedmon's chances of playing Wednesday are being described as a "long shot," so while the Hawks will not officially rule the big man out, it doesn't look promising. Without Dedmon, Alex Len will be in line to start at center on opening night for Atlanta, which does give him some intriguing fantasy value in the short term.
Dedmon (ankle) will be reevaluated in two weeks, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Dedmon fractured his ankle at the start of September and is still working through the latter stages of his recovery. Another two weeks means Dedmon would be reevaluated Oct. 17, which is the same date as the team's regular-season opener against the Knicks. As a result, there's a very good chance Dedmon isn't ready to go for that contest, and he could miss additional games as well depending on how he progresses over the next few weeks. If Dedmon does end up missing time to start the year, Alex Len would get the call with the top unit and would be an intriguing short-term option for fantasy purposes.
Dedmon has decided to opt-in to his player option and return to the Hawks next season. Dedmon will look to continue his success with the Hawks next season after posting career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals a season ago.
Dedmon recorded 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 62 games played with Atlanta during the 2017-18 season.
Dedmon enjoyed his best season of his young, five-year career in 2017-18 as he averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals. The USC product also improved upon his 69.9 percent free-throw percentage from last year to 77.9 percent this year. Dedmon has a player option on the table for next season at the price tag of $6.3 million.
Dedmon recorded 14 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists across 25 minutes in Tuesday's 121-113 loss to the 76ers.
Over the last half of the season for Dedmon, he averaged 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game on just 25 minutes, while almost posting an average of one block and steal per game over that same span. He has proven he can be a defensive force as well as convert well inside the paint, which should allow him to be utilized come next season for the Hawks.
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