Atlanta Hawks Player News: Centers

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.