Hawks’ De’Andre Hunter Expected To Miss About Eight Weeks

Hawks small forward De’Andre Hunter injured a tendon in his right wrist and will undergo surgery, causing him to miss at least eight weeks, the team announced in a press release.De'Andre Hunter

Hunter, 23, is 6-foot-8 and has started in each of his 11 appearances this season, averaging 10.8 points and 2.7 rebounds.

His void is likely to be filled by guard/forward Kevin Huerter — the starter when Hunter was injured at the end of last season and the Hawks made a run to the Eastern Conference finals.

Given the timeline, Hunter is likely to be sidelined until at least the second week of January, as noted by Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He suffered the injury in a Nov. 11 loss vs. the Warriors, and a follow-up MRI revealed the extent of it.

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Virginia, Hunter is shooting a miserable 40 percent on free throws. Still, his loss is a setback for a Hawks team is already struggling to start the year.

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