Hawks: Injury updates provided for Onyeka Okongwu and De’Andre Hunter

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The Hawks have avoided the injury bug early on compared to last season, but they are still without two key pieces that will be critical to a potential championship run. Onyeka Okongwu, who really came on as a rookie during the playoffs last season, had offseason surgery on a torn labrum. His timetable has always pointed to a December return, and according to Travis Schlenk, that hasn’t changed. Schlenk says Okongwu will begin to practice and participate in G-League games to start December, hoping that he will return to the team by mid-December.

The Okongwu news during the offseason was quite devastating. I really thought he had a chance to break out in his second season, but hopefully, he picks up right where he left off.

Hunter’s injury update is not as promising. He’s still in a cast and will be for another two weeks, and once the cast is removed, he will rehab the wrist for five more weeks. Schlenk notes that it could be less; however, judging by how Hunter’s injury recoveries went last season, I wouldn’t expect to see the third-year wing on the floor anytime soon.

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