De'Andre Hunter to undergo surgery on wrist injury, expected to miss 8 weeks
The Atlanta Hawks' De'Andre Hunter will undergo surgery on a tendon injury in his right wrist and is expected to miss approximately two months, the team announced on Sunday. The small forward will receive surgery on Monday in Los Angeles.
Hunter had an MRI taken on Saturday after suffering the injury against the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 8.
He didn't play in the following day's game against Utah but returned against Denver on Friday, before eventually being ruled out of the game with right wrist soreness after playing a little over 21 minutes.
In his third season with Atlanta, Hunter is averaging 10.8 points and 2.7 rebounds on 45 per cent shooting from the field through 11 games (all starts).
It's a brutal blow for Atlanta because of how poorly it has played on that end of the floor to start the season. They've had problems all season in point-of-attack defence on the perimeter and because of that, teams have been able to get to the rim with ease.
Now without Hunter, there's going to be even more pressure on everyone on the perimeter to step up and guard opposing teams' best offensive players.