Fernando finished with six points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three blocks and a rebound across 25 minutes in the Hawk's 87-67 win over the Pacers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Tuesday.
Fernando had an unproductive night offensively, but he blocked at least three shots for the second straight game. His dynamic abilities on both ends of the court should afford him some playing time with the Hawks early on, and with the recent trade of Omari Spellman to Golden State, Fernando faces just Alex Len and Damian Jones ahead of him on the depth chart - two players he shouldn't have a problem leapfrogging sooner rather than later.
Fernando posted five points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four blocks and two assists across 26 minutes in Sunday's 90-66 loss to the Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Although he faces a crowded depth chart, the second-round pick out of Maryland has too much natural talent to be left off the Hawks' roster come October. He'll compete with Alex Len and Omari Spellman for playing time under center.
Fernando signed a three-year, $4.7 million contract with the Hawks on Sunday, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Fernando's decision to sign means he'll join the Hawks for training camp and should be in good position to earn a spot on the team's opening-night roster rather than having to begin his career in the G League or overseas. The center is unlikely to be included in coach Lloyd Pierce's rotation right away, as John Collins, Alex Len, De'Andre Hunter and Omari Spellman will presumably enter the season as the Hawks' top four options in the frontcourt.
Fernando won't play during Saturday's summer league game against the Bucks, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
None of the Hawks' draftees are playing Saturday, so it doesn't seem like Fernando is dealing with anything injury related.
Fernando was selected by the Hawks with No. 34 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
The pick was technically made by Philadelphia, but the Sixers worked out a trade with Atlanta, which will send two future second-rounders, as well as the No. 57 pick in 2019, back to Philly. Fernando is coming off of a strong sophomore season at Maryland where he put up 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks per contest. He could step into an immediate role for the Hawks, who may have a hole at center if Dewayne Dedmon signs elsewhere as a free agent, as anticipated.
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