After De’Andre Hunter surgery, Hawks expect recovery by training camp

Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (Jacob Kupferman/AP)

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Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (Jacob Kupferman/AP)

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De’Andre Hunter underwent surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles, and the Hawks expect him to make a full recovery before training camp begins, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery in Los Angeles on Hunter’s right knee. An MRI before the first game of the Hawks’ current NBA playoffs series with Philadelphia revealed that Hunter sustained a torn lateral meniscus in the knee.

Hunter began to experience swelling and soreness in the knee in late January, but he continued to play when he could. Hunter, who played in only 23 games in the regular season, was sidelined for much of February and March, but he returned for two games before the injury flared again, and he missed all of April. He played in the final three games of the regular season and then in the Hawks’ first-round series against the Knicks before the results of the MRI led the Hawks to declare Hunter out for the remainder of the postseason, and he went to LA for the surgery.

Hunter averaged 10.8 points per game against the Knicks, and helped the Hawks with his defense, but he didn’t fully look like the player he was before the initial injury.

The Hawks’ series against the 76ers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals is tied at 2-2. Play resumes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Philadelphia.