Atlanta Hawks Player News: All Positions

News: Huerter (knee) had an "unbelievable" day of practice Tuesday, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Huerter has been able to practice without issue since Sunday, so he appears on track to play in Thursday's season opener in Detroit. The team should make an official ruling on his availability later in the week.
News: Reddish (hip) will play around 20 minutes in the season opener Thursday versus the Pistons, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reddish, who missed Thursday's preseason finale, has been nursing right hip soreness recently. His injury though won't keep him out any further, as Reddish is expected to play roughly, and reportedly, 20 minutes Thursday. Depending on teammate Kevin Huerter's status for Thursday, Reddish may see a spot in the starting lineup as well.
News: Huerter (knee) practiced fully Sunday, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It appears that Huerter is starting to feel better, as soreness in his right knee has limited him in practiced recently. There's hope that if Huerter can continue to practice fully this week then he'll be ready to go for the season opener Thursday against Detroit.
News: Huerter (knee) went through the non-contact portions of Saturday's practice, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Huerter has been plagued by right knee soreness throughout camp, but it appears he's trending in the right direction. He should still be considered questionable for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Pistons.
News: Young did not practice Saturday due to a sore back, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: The Hawks don't play their season opener until Thursday against the Pistons, so the sophomore point guard has plenty of time to get healthy. It doesn't seem like there's much concern surrounding the injury, and it would be surprising if he didn't end up taking the court. Still, he'll carry an injury designation until further notice.
News: The Hawks have picked up Huerter's (knee) third-year, $2.76 million option for 2020-21, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Hawks have established a nice young core with Huerter alongside Trae Young and John Collins. They continued that momentum by drafting De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish in the 2019 lottery. Huerter exceeded expectations as a rookie and will look to continue that trend entering his second season as the team's starting shooting guard.
News: The Hawks have picked up Young's third-year, $6.57 million option for 2020-21, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as Young is considered the Hawks' franchise cornerstone going forward. The 2018 No. 5 overall pick was a bit cold to kick off his rookie campaign, but really heated up in the latter half of the season. He finished the year with an average of 19.1 points, 8.1 assists, and 1.9 triples across 30.9 minutes per game. Efficiency is the main concern in his game at this point, but he will have plenty of time to grow and improve with the Hawks' bright young core.
News: The Hawks have picked up the fourth-year, $4.1 million option on Collins' (illness) contract for 2020-21, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Collins has improved each year with the Hawks and is undoubtedly a part of their future plans. The big man averaged 19.5 points and 9.8 boards across 30.0 minutes per game in his sophomore season. He also started to stretch out his shooting range by knocking down 0.9 triples per contest. He should continue to excel in 2019-20 alongside an exciting young core in Atlanta.
News: Len amassed four points (2-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 11 rebounds, and four assists in 25 minutes during Thursday's 111-93 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Len cleaned up on the glass but struggled with his shot and logged as many fouls and turnovers (four apiece) as assists. Given the relative lack of competition for center minutes, Len will likely receive consistent minutes this season. As a result, he's likely to hold at least some value across most fantasy formats.
News: Reddish (hip) is out for Thursday's preseason game against Chicago, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reddish was initially listed as probable due to right hip tension, though the team has since elected to hold him out of the exhibition. He should be ready to roll for the regular-season opener Oct. 24 against Detroit, however.
News: Parker is starting Thursday's preseason game against the Bulls, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Parker will enter the starting five in place of John Collins, who is unavailable due to flu-like symptoms. He's appeared in four exhibition games with Atlanta, posting averages of 10.5 points and 8.3 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game.
News: Huerter (knee) will remain out for Thursday's game against the Bulls, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Impact: Huerter continues to nurse soreness in his right knee, and his absence Thursday means he'll have missed the entirety of the preseason. While Atlanta has maintained that it expects Huerter to be ready for the regular season, his status is certainly something to monitor over the next week.
News: Collins (illness) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bulls, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Collins is experiencing flu-like symptoms and will miss Atlanta's final preseason game as a result. It doesn't sound like the illness will jeopardize his status for the start of the season next week.
News: Parsons will remain out for Thursday's game against the Bulls, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Impact: The Hawks continue to be very cautious with Parsons' workload throughout the preseason, which is understandable given his lengthy injury history.
News: Reddish (hip) is probable for Thursday's preseason game against the Bulls, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reddish is dealing with right hip tension, but it doesn't sound like the issue will keep him from suiting up in Atlanta's preseason finale Thursday. Look for his status to clear up closer to game time.
News: Parker pitched in 12 points (5-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and nine rebounds in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Parker has always been able to score and he boasts enough size to make an impact on the glass. However, his effort defensively has never matched his enthusiasm for the offensive end. Perhaps this being the fourth stop in his career will force him to take a look in the mirror and make defense a priority going forward. Regardless, Parker might be able to make enough of an impact offensively off the bench that he becomes a low-end option in standard leagues.
News: Carter finished with 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-10 3Pt) and four rebounds in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Carter can still stretch the floor offensively with his shot, though he did commit four turnovers and four fouls. He can still put together a decent stat line from time to time, but Carter is best reserved for use in the deepest formats heading into his final year.
News: Hunter had 15 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Hunter was efficient offensively but didn't do much else besides score in this one. His reputation as a solid defender is one that he earned based on his play in college. However, he wasn't known for accumulating a bunch of steals or blocks, but instead for his positional defense and ability to cover multiple positions.
News: Collins contributed 12 points (5-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Collins ripped down boards galore, posting a double-double while still leaving room to spare in terms of his minutes load. The third-year big man has developed strong chemistry with Trae Young, and Collins is likely to be among the league leaders in double-doubles if he's able to stay healthy for the majority of 2019-20.
News: Young collected 23 points (7-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-10 FT), nine assists, five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Young produced an impressive stat line and finally improved his ball control, finishing with zero turnovers. His field goal percentage still leaves a lot to be desired, but given how often Young had been coughing up the ball here in the preseason fantasy owners should likely view this is a clear step in the right direction overall.
News: Parsons (rest) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Parsons is set to miss another exhibition due to rest purposes. He'll have one final chance to take the court in the preseason Thursday against the Bulls.
News: Huerter (knee) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Huerter has missed time due to right knee soreness, and he's not yet been cleared to return. He'll have one last chance to play in the preseason Thursday against the Bulls before the regular season begins Oct. 24 in Detroit.
News: Young supplied 23 points (7-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five rebounds, and four assists in 24 minutes during Monday's 120-87 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Young repeatedly found himself at the free throw line in this one, and he ended the tilt as the lone Hawk without a negative on-court Plus-Minus. The team's offense simply goes as he goes, and Young once again struggled with ball control, committing seven turnovers. Nevertheless, he remains one of the best distributors in the league, and Young is almost always going to be a good bet to supply lots of counting stats.
News: Collins collected 14 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-6 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 27 minutes during Monday's 120-87 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Collins rebounded after a shaky showing last Wednesday versus the Magic. Moreover, he amassed at least two steals and two blocks in the same game, which he didn't accomplish once in 2018-19. Collins did record at least two swipes and two swats twice as a rookie, but his reputation defensively remains inconsistent at best. An improvement in those two categories this season would likely result in his value skyrocketing across all fantasy formats.
News: Turner totaled two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 FT), one rebound, and one assist in nine minutes during Monday's 120-87 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Turner made his first appearance of the preseason, as he had been dealing with left Achilles soreness. The 30-year-old veteran will likely serve as the de facto backup point guard behind Trae Young in 2019-20. Turner is one of the few older players on the roster, and his steady hand as a playmaker off the bench may prove useful in deeper leagues so long as he's able to stay healthy.
News: Parsons (rest) won't play in Monday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: Parsons will miss a third-straight preseason game for rest purposes. Considering his extensive injury history, the Hawks coaching staff are likely simply being cautious with Parson, who hasn't played more than 36 games in any of the past three years. There's a chance he could return Wednesday against the Knicks.
News: Turner (Achilles) will be available Monday against the Heat.
Impact: Turner, who's missed the entirerty of the preseason due to left Achilles soreness, will likely make his season debut Monday. Due to the nature of the injury, it's likely that the Hawks' coaching staff will opt for caution with Turner, who could see reduced minutes as a result.
News: Huerter (knee) will remain out for Monday's game at Miami, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Huerter is still nursing a sore right knee, which has kept him out for the entirety of the preseason, to date. The Hawks will likely try to get Huerter on the floor at least once before the regular season begins, and his next chance will come Wednesday in New York.
News: Turner (Achilles) is practicing Friday, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Left Achilles soreness has prevented Turner from playing in the preseason. But his participation in Friday's practice suggests he could take the court Monday against the Heat.
News: Huerter (knee) is a participant in Friday's practice, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Huerter has been dealing with knee soreness, which has prevented him from participating in the Hawks' preseason contests. It's possible he'll be healthy enough to play Monday against the Heat.
News: Collins managed two points (0-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds and a block in 23 minutes Wednesday against Atlanta.
Impact: Collins had a regrettable performance Wednesday, adding seven turnovers to his already horrendous stat-line. Despite the awful outing, the third-year forward is one of the most promising frontcourt players in the league. He'll have a good chance of improving upon his averages of 19.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists from a year ago, especially as he and Trae Young continue to build rapport in Young's second year.
News: Young finished with 18 points (5-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in 27 minutes Thursday against the Magic.
Impact: Young continued to shake off the rust Wednesday, producing a much better offensive outing than Monday's preseason debut. That said, the second-year point guard committed a whopping eight turnovers against just five assists while finishing with a negative-13 net rating. The second-year point guard is clearly still finding his rhythm and should improve throughout the remainder of the preseason.
News: Hunter is not starting Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Hunter will head to the bench for Wednesday's exhibition after starting in Monday's preseason opener and tallying 10 points, two assists and two rebounds in 25 minutes.
News: Bembry is starting at shooting guard in Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: With Kevin Huerter still nursing a knee injury, Bembry will stick in the starting lineup for a second straight game. The 25-year-old was sharp in Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans, finishing with 16 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 21 minutes.
News: Reddish is starting at small forward in Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Reddish will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's exhibition after providing 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist across 15 minutes in his preseason debut Monday. Per Brad Rowland of Peachtree Hoops, the rookie will once again see around 15 minutes of action in his second preseason appearance.
News: Huerter (knee) will not play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Huerter will stick on the bench for a second straight game as he continues to deal with a sore knee. The second-year player will look to rest and recover over the weekend with hopes of making his preseason debut Monday in Miami.
News: Goodwin (hip) is available for Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Goodwin has been cleared to play Wednesday after sitting out Monday's exhibition with a bruised right hip.
News: Collins (knee) is available for Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: As expected, Collins is good to go for Wednesday's exhibition after entering the day with a probable tag. The big man played 15 minutes during Monday's preseason game against New Orleans, notching 13 points (5-12 FG) and five rebounds.
News: Goodwin (hip) is probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic.
Impact: It looks like Goodwin should be available for Wednesday's exhibition after missing Monday's game with a bruised right hip.
News: Collins is listed as probable on the injury report Wednesday with pain in his left knee, Brad Rowland of Locked On Hawks reports.
Impact: The official designation is "left knee tendon pain," but the fact that Collins is probable implies that it's nothing of real concern. The third-year forward went for 13 points and five rebounds in Monday's preseason game against the Pelicans.
News: Parsons (rest) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against Orlando, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Parsons will once again be held out as the Hawks attempt to manage his playing time during the preseason. He could take the court next against the Heat on Monday.
News: Turner (Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Magic, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Turner was also held out of Monday's preseason matchup due to a sore Achilles. His next chance to take the floor will come Monday against Miami.
News: Goodwin (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Magic, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Goodwin was ruled out of Monday's exhibition due to a bruised right hip, but he'll have a chance to take the floor Wednesday.
News: Sibert will sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Hawks, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sibert was with the Hawks last year on a 10-day contract, and now he'll be with the team for likely the remainder of the preseason. Sibert is ultimately expected to be waived and will then be eligible to join the BayHawks of the G League.
News: Collins supplied 13 points (5-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 22 minutes during the Hawks' 133-109 preseason loss to the Pelicans on Monday.
Impact: Collins dealt with a hip strain to open camp, but as he demonstrated Monday, he's over the injury. The third-year big man will look to play a full 82 games for the first time in his career after taking a big leap forward during his 2018-19 sophomore campaign, averaging 19.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 61 games. Collins will once again serve as a linchpin of the Atlanta offense alongside Trae Young, although it's worth noting the offseason saw the signing of a highly capable backup at power forward in Jabari Parker.
News: Hunter compiled 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 25 minutes during the Hawks' 133-109 preseason loss to the Pelicans on Monday.
Impact: The 2019 fourth overall pick is already drawing rave reviews in camp from coach Lloyd Pierce, and Monday's performance offered a glimpse of the reasons for some of the praise. Hunter's efficient offensive night wasn't surprising, considering he shot 48.8 percent and 52.0 percent, respectively, over two college seasons at Virginia. Hunter has a chance to secure the starting small forward role during the exhibition slate, and he got off to an impressive start in that regard Monday.
News: Reddish (abdomen) provided 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist across 15 minutes during the Hawks' 133-109 preseason loss to the Pelicans on Monday.
Impact: The 10th overall pick was able to take the court as expected and made a solid first impression. Reddish is capable of filling in at both wing spots; however, his best shot at consistent playing time might come at two-guard behind Kevin Huerter, considering fellow first-round pick De'Andre Hunter and DeAndre' Bembry currently hold down the top two small forward spots.
News: Young poured in nine points (4-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt) and added 11 assists and four rebounds across 26 minutes during the Hawks' 133-109 preseason loss to the Pelicans on Monday.
Impact: Young got his exhibition slate off to an uneven start, with his 40.0 percent success rate from the floor and team-high eight turnovers constituting the lowlights of his performance. The second-year point guard is coming off a solid rookie campaign in which he averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds across 81 games. Just 20 years old, Young could make a substantial leap forward with a full season's worth of experience under his belt and should once again spearhead the Hawks' fast-paced attack.
News: Len (ankle) has been removed from the injury report prior to Monday's preseason game against New Orleans.
Impact: Len was expected to be available for Monday's exhibition, and the team later confirmed this by taking him off the injury report. He'd been nursing a left ankle sprain and lower back pain earlier in camp.
News: Goodwin is not expected to be available Monday night against the Pelicans, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Impact: The two-way player is nursing a bruised right hip, and the Hawks will likely play it safe and delay his debut by at least one game.
News: Reddish (abdomen) will be available Monday night against the Pelicans, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Impact: As expected, the lottery pick will be available to make his NBA debut Monday after nursing a core muscle injury earlier in the offseason. Reddish will come off the bench Monday as fellow lottery pick De'Andre Hunter gets the starting nod at one forward spot.
News: Huerter (knee) will not play in Monday's preseason game against New Orleans, KL Choinard of Hawks.com reports.
Impact: Huerter was initially expected to give it a go, but the team will hold him out on a precautionary basis as he continues to deal with a sore knee. The plan is for Huerter to go through a workout, however, in hopes that he'll be able to make his debut on Wednesday against Orlando.
News: Turner will not play Monday against the Pelicans due to a sore Achilles, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Impact: This is the first we've heard of the ailment, but the Hawks are likely just being cautious with the veteran, who came over from Portland this summer via trade.
News: Reddish (abdomen) is expected to play Monday against the Pelicans, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Impact: Reddish was fully cleared last month after undergoing a core muscle operation during the offseason, and all signs point to the lottery pick making his debut Monday night. Even after a disappointing freshman year at Duke, Reddish carries plenty of long-term upside, but he's unlikely to be much of a fantasy factor in 2019-20.
News: Coach Lloyd Pierce said Thursday that he plans on Huerter (knee) to be available for the preseason opener Monday against New Orleans, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Huerter may be available come Monday, that doesn't necessarily mean he will play in the game, as the second-year shooting guard is still working his way through a knee injury. However, this is another indication that Huerter should be good to go for the start of the regular season and will likely return to the floor before that.
News: Coach Lloyd Pierce said he expects Len (ankle/back) to be available for Monday's preseason opener against the Pelicans, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Len entered training camp nursing both a left ankle sprain and lower back pain, and while he was limited in practice to start, it looks like the Hawks are planning on making the big man available for the team's first preseason game. However, Atlanta likely won't push Len too hard in the early goings in order to preserve his health for the regular season.
News: Coach Lloyd Pierce spoke highly of Hunter at Tuesday's practice, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports. "We're going to love DeAndre," Pierce said. "That's all I can say. We're going to love DeAndre."
Impact: Pierce didn't stop there, as he went on to praise Hunter's work ethic and humble nature. "He knows all five spots already," Pierce said. "Defensively, he is about as solid as they come. He makes open shots. He can actually put it on the floor. I have a ton of respect for that kid already." It's still early, but Pierce's comments are certainly encouraging and could imply that Hunter will step into a fairly significant role -- potentially the starting small forward spot -- from Day 1.
News: Huerter (knee) is expected to be ready for the first game of the regular season Oct. 24 against Detroit, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Huerter is expected to have his workload monitored closely throughout the preseason, but he isn't dealing with any structural damage to his knee and is on track for the season opener. The Maryland product registered 9.7 points, 3.3 boards and 2.9 assists over 75 games a season ago and appears ready to take a step forward this year.
News: Parsons will not play in the Hawks' first preseason game Monday against New Orleans, The Athletic reports.
Impact: Technically, Parsons is not injured, though he's essentially been in a constant state of disrepair for the last several seasons. He'll try his luck with the Hawks this time around, and the team is already managing his workload early in the preseason.
News: Collins (hip) participated in Tuesday's practice, Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Collins was diagnosed with a strained right hip near the end of September, so it's good to see him back on the court. "I was trying to test myself, see how I was feeling," stated Collins. "It's feeling good and I'm trying to keep it feeling good." Even though Collins has returned to practice, the Hawks may elect to play it safe with the 6-10 forward in the preseason.
News: Len (ankle) took part in some portions of Tuesday's practice, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Chouinard notes that Len received a break early in the practice session, but it's good to see him back out on the court, even in a limited capacity. He'll likely be a game-time call for Monday's preseason matchup with New Orleans, though it wouldn't be surprising to see the Hawks take a conservative approach with Len in the early going.
News: Crabbe (knee) has not yet been cleared for training camp and is not expected to participate in preseason.
Impact: Crabbe is still working his way back from having a right knee arthroscopy back in early April, and it's no real surprise that he won't participate in preseason. With that, Crabbe's chances of being ready for the start of the regular season don't appear to be too high either.
News: Reddish (abdomen) has been fully cleared to take part in on-court activities and will participate in training camp.
Impact: Reddish underwent surgery for a core muscle injury back in May, and it kept him out of summer league. However, he now appears to be back to full strength with preseason play approaching. He will, however, be on a load management plan while he gets back into game shape over the next month or so.
News: Len, who was already working his way back rom a left ankle sprain, is also dealing with lower back pain.
Impact: The Hawks don't appear to be overly concerned with Len's health. The team states that the big man will be closely monitored over the next four to five days and will determine his status for the start of training camp at that point.
News: Huerter is dealing with a knee injury and will be limited to start training camp.
Impact: There doesn't appear to be much concern surrounding Huerter's injury, as an MRI revealed no structural damage, so his limitations are likely just in place to avoid any further issues. Consider Huerter week-to-week as training camp and the preseason begins.
News: Collins was diagnosed with a strained right hip.
Impact: As of now, Collins has been participating on on-court activities but in a limited fashion. The Hawks expect his workload to increase as training camp continues, but a final evaluation will come at the end of training camp. With that, it's likely that Collins is either extremely limited or doesn't participate in preseason play this year.
News: Brooks signed a contract with the Hawks on Tuesday.
Impact: Brooks is coming off a productive three-year collegiate career at Houston. He averaged 13.4 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from three as a junior last season. After playing in summer league with the Wizards, Brooks will have the opportunity to spend training camp with the Hawks.
News: Len appears to be the "likeliest option" to open the upcoming season as the Hawks' starting center, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With incumbent starter Dewayne Dedmon leaving the Hawks for Sacramento in free agency, Len is expected to head into training camp ahead of offseason pickup Damian Jones and rookie second-round pick Bruno Fernando on the depth chart at center. The Hawks could always shift John Collins over from power forward to center when coach Lloyd Pierce prefers to run small-ball lineups, but Len noted that he's comfortable playing alongside Collins in tandem due to their differing skill sets. Len doesn't seem likely to crack the 30-minute mark on a regular basis, but any notable uptick from the 20.1 minutes per game he averaged in 2018-19 could be enough to make the big man a nightly double-double threat.
News: Young is dealing with a minor eye infection and has decided to leave Team USA minicamp, per his personal Twitter account.
Impact: While Young made it clear that the eye issue is nothing serious, he'll still step away from Team USA as it gears up for the FIBA World Cup at the end of the month. "Although I look forward to seeing Coach Popovich and the Team bring home the Gold this summer," Young wrote, "I feel it is most important for me at this moment in my career to focus on my health and preparing for the NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks."
News: Carter agreed Monday with the Hawks on a one-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The 42-year-old Carter previously announced the 2019-20 season will be his last, so he'll be tasked with serving as mostly a mentor for a young Atlanta squad as he returns to the Hawks for a second consecutive campaign. The upcoming season will be Carter's NBA-record 22nd, surpassing the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. The eight-time All-Star will likely retain a small role in the Atlanta rotation after averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 triples and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes per game over his 76 appearances in 2018-19.
News: Derrickson agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Hawks on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Undrafted out of Georgetown in 2018, Derrickson played 67 total minutes with the Warriors as a rookie last season, racking up 46 points, 13 rebounds, one block and one assist. He spent most of the season in the G League, where he posted 13.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 27.2 minutes. Derrickson also appeared in six summer league games with the Kings in 2019, averaging a modest 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. While neither the Kings nor the Warriors wanted to take a flier on Derrickson this season, the rebuilding Hawks will give him a shot.
News: Young has added 12-to-16 pounds of muscle this offseason, The Athletic reports.
Impact: According to Young's personal trainer, Alex Bazzell, the second-year guard has added significant strength since the end of the regular season, which is excellent news given the Oklahoma product's struggles on the defensive end as a rookie. Young may never be an asset in that regard, but adding weight to his slight frame is a major step in the right direction. Another emphasis for Young this summer is diversifying his shot selection -- particularly adding to his mid-range package. Young plans to work with Kobe Bryant in August after finishing up with Team USA training camp at the start of the month. "We have talked a lot about keeping the defense honest," Bazzell said. "[Young] being able to stretch the floor from 30 to 35 feet obviously makes it tough for defenses, and his quickness to get to the rim adds another element, but now we need to prepare for when teams try to take things away."
News: Spalding has agreed to a partially-guaranteed contract with the Hawks, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Spalding saw 148 minutes last season, largely with the Suns. He drew three starts with Phoenix, averaging 10.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and a combined 4.0 steals/blocks in those contests. The Hawks are prepared to bring Spalding into training camp, where he'll attempt to showcase his value as a high-energy big man with rebounding and defensive upside.