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Posted: 6:06 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

No timeline on Lou Williams' return 

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By Chris Vivlamore

Hawks training camp begins in 11 days – on Oct. 1 – and the team has no timeline on the return of Lou Williams from a torn ACL. According to team officials, Williams is progressing well with his right knee injury. However, he has not yet been given medical clearance by doctors to participate in training camp.

While Williams still could be cleared in time for camp, he most likely will not be ready to immediately assume the role he had last season. It could take a month for him to be at full strength. Williams’ season ended after just 39 games last season when he tore the ACL Jan. 18 against Brooklyn. Such an injury typically takes about nine months to heal.

The shooting guard minutes will be split between Kyle Korver, John Jenkins and DeMarre Carroll but there is room for a fourth player in the rotation. Williams would have taken some of those minutes. The uncertainty of Williams’ status is likely the reason the Hawks gave a non-roster training camp invitation to guard/small forward Damien Wilkins. The veteran could fill that role if he makes the team. Wilkins averaged 6.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 18.0 minutes in 61 games with the 76ers last season. In the final two months of the season, he averaged 11.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29.0 minutes in 26 March and April games.

If there is a roster spot to be earned during training camp, with 14 players under contract, it will be at the big guard/small forward position.

The Hawks have also given a non-roster training camp invitation to guard Royal Ivey. The former Hawks draft pick will be a veteran presence in camp to push Shelvin Mack, on a non-guaranteed contract, and rookie Dennis Schroeder.

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