The Atlanta Hawks will likely start training camp without one of their promising young players. The team announced on Wednesday that the young wing player will be out four to six weeks after suffering a strained right triceps.
An @emoryhealthcare injury update:
DeAndre' Bembry will miss 4-6 weeks of basketball activities after suffering a strained right tricep. pic.twitter.com/pBVwH6EAnq
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) September 13, 2017
The 23-year-old Bembry was selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He appeared in only 38 contests as the Hawks opted to play more experienced veterans ahead of him.
However, Bembry showed plenty of promise in his limited minutes, averaging 2.7points and 1.6 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game.
The Hawks are a rebuilding team, having lost Paul Millsap to free agency. The franchise is looking at potentially their first season out of the playoffs since 2014.
Atlanta is hoping to develop the talent they already have while likely bottoming out to add a lottery talent to the squad. Bembry promises to be a part of this rebuild in one way or another but his development will be on pause as he recovers from this injury.
The NBA season begins on October 17 so there is a chance that Bembry will not be cleared to start his sophomore season.