With De’Andre Hunter sidelined a minimum of eight weeks after undergoing wrist surgery, the Hawks will naturally rely more on Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish at the wing spot, according to Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. Coach Nate McMillan will likely shorten his rotation with Hunter out.
Kirschner also notes both Hunter and Reddish are eligible for rookie scale extensions before the start of next season and it will be challenging to keep both due to luxury tax bill concerns. The Hawks should consider flipping some of their young talent for an established second star, Kirschner adds.
We have more from the Eastern Conference:
- Pacers rookie big man Isaiah Jackson was assigned to the G League Fort Wayne Mad Ants to continue rehabbing a knee injury, according to James Boyd of the Indianapolis Star. Jackson hyperextended his left knee against Toronto on October 27. “He’s doing better,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s going to … start doing some live practice stuff with the Mad Ants, and we’ll see. He may join us later in the week, but we’ll have to see.”
- Heat reserve Max Strus missed five games due to a sprained left knee and has shown signs of rust since returning, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald writes. He shot 3 of 10 from 3-point range and committed three turnovers in his first two games back. “I need to get conditioned,” Strus said. “I haven’t been able to run a lot. So I need to get my wind back. Things are just a little fast. So I just got to find my rhythm again. That will come with just playing, so I’ll be back in no time.”
- The Hornets have made three front office promotions. Buzz Peterson was named senior VP of basketball operations and assistant GM, Larry Jordan was elevated to VP of player personnel and David Duquette was named an assistant GM, according to a team press release. All three have been with the organization for 10 or more years.
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8 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Hunter, Reddish, Jackson, Strus, Hornets Front Office”
Now we’ll see if Hawks are for real. Cause on paper they have the depth.
That depth is clearly more than just on paper. Do you not remember the Hawks winning 3 road games in Philly including a gm7 eliminator with Dre & Cam out or the Hawks winning gm4 of ECF with Trae & Dre out? The Hawks depth is obv not in question nor is whether they’re for real or not lol you are EXTREMELY LATE if you don’t know the Hawks are real by now
Yeah, they are “for real” a playoff team.
You still think they’re the NBA’s next dynasty?
Please say yes.
What is your analysis of what the 2020s is gonna look like for the Hawks?
Young Isiah (Trae), young Terry Cummings (John), prime Mutombo (Clint), young Josh Howard (Dre), young Hornacek (Kev), young Larry Hughes (Cam), prime Brent Barry (Bogdan), young Darryl Dawkins (Okongwu), young Scottie (Jalen Johnson) plus solid vets like Lou Williams, Gallo, Delon Wright led by a great coach & a great gm… don’t take a telescope to see that the 2020s is gonna be an extremely successful decade for the Hawks
Blast from the past: JohnHoward, Brent Barry!
A guy named Buzz on the Hornets, what’s next? The Thunder hire a guy named Boom?
“The Hawks should consider flipping some of their young talent for an established second star, Kirschner adds.”
There’s no way to know if one of their talents is not that guy.
There is uncertainty around the Hawks about which wing to trade (to disrespect while still in ATL)… writer Kirshner used the word “flip”. Very flip word to use instead of trade. Actually flip means a retrade, generally quickly done. Not everything is flipping.
It’s just bad karma. It should be reserved for those who were never going to be n your team.