Of course, Hernangomez isn't injured, but he'd been awaiting clearance after coming over from the Knicks at the trade deadline. The 23-year-old did not play Thursday against Portland or Friday in Utah, but all signs point to him being available Sunday in what would likely be a limited, bench role. It's unclear where, exactly, Hernangomez will fit into the Hornets' rotation after he appeared in only 26 games for the Knicks through the first four months of the season. For the time being, he'll likely be penciled in as the No. 3 center behind Dwight Howard and Cody Zeller.
Hernangomez won't be available to play in Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Hernangomez was just traded from the Knicks to the Hornets on Wednesday, so he simply won't have enough time to get settled into his new location to be active and available Thursday. It also seems highly unlikely the big man will ready for Friday's tilt with the Jazz either, which would make Sunday's matchup with the Raptors Hernangomez's first opportunity to make his team debut. Once activated, Hernangomez doesn't necessarily have a clear path to playing time, as both Dwight Howard and Cody Zeller remain on the team following the trade deadline. For that reason, fantasy owners should merely take a wait-and-see approach with Hernangomez looking forward.
Hernangomez had reportedly become unhappy with his role in New York, where he had played in just 26 games, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds across 9.0 minutes per game. That particular news didn't come as too much of a surprise considering he averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds across 18.4 minutes per game last season -- his rookie year. That said, it's unclear if he'll see any more time with the Hornets than he did with the Knicks this season, as the team already has somewhat of a logjam at center with Dwight Howard and Cody Zeller.
Hernangomez had two points (1-1 FG), one rebound, and one block in two minutes during Tuesday's 103-89 loss to the Bucks.
Hernangomez made his 26th appearance of 2017-18, this after seeing the floor 72 times (22 starts) as a rookie in 2016-17. The pre-season addition of Enes Kanter essentially buried Hernangomez on the bench, and he recently requested that the Knicks play him or trade him. Now that Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL, Hernangomez will likely have one of his wishes granted and become a more regular part of the rotation going forward. That being said, he'll still have to battle Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn for minutes.
Hernangomez had 14 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 17 minutes during Monday's 115-97 loss to the Pacers.
Hernangomez finished with season highs in scoring and rebounding while posting his first double-double of the campaign. Nevertheless, Kristaps Porzingis (ankle/illness) likely won't be sidelined for an extended period of time -- and Hernangomez has already received nine DNP-Coach's Decision designations compared to just seven contests with double-digit minutes.
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