Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter, who continues to recover from surgery on his right hand, is no longer wearing a cast and has been 100% cleared to participate in on-court basketball activities, writes Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It’s an important step for Huerter, who reportedly underwent a procedure to repair torn ligaments in his right hand shortly before the draft. At the time, it wasn’t clear how the surgery would impact Huerter’s draft stock, but the former Maryland sharpshooter ultimately wasn’t negatively impacted by the injury, having been buoyed by a strong showing at the draft combine several weeks earlier.
Huerter, who entered the draft after averaging 14.8 PPG on .503/.417/.758 shooting in 2017/18, was the 19th overall pick in June, the second of three first-rounders for Atlanta. He signed his rookie contract last month and will earn a first-year salary of $2.25MM.
While Huerter probably wouldn’t be at 100% if the season started today, he still has plenty of time to work his way back to full health before training camps begin. It sounds like he’ll be ready to go when the 2018/19 campaign gets underway in October.