Regarding Huerter, who has been limited but has still been practicing, Pierce wants to see him go through an extended day of practice before putting him in a game scenario.
“He hasn’t had a full day yet, so he’s going to have a full day right now,” Pierce said. “His day is about to be right now, with the coaches, getting a full workout. Playing 10 minutes in a game tonight isn’t going to help him, 12 minutes in a game. He needs a longer day, not a short stint.”
No one will play more than 25 minutes, per Pierce, as the Hawks ease into the preseason.
Hunter is the only rookie in the starting lineup, but it wasn’t the hardest spot to earn, again due to the health of others, according to Pierce.
“If everybody was in here healthy, it would be a nice competition,” Pierce said. “It’s been an easy competition. De’Andre’s healthy, DeAndre’s healthy, Trae’s healthy, John’s healthy, Damian’s healthy.”
Other injured Hawks include Evan Turner (left Achilles pain), Ray Spalding (left calf strain/dental work), Chandler Parsons (load management/bilateral knees) and Allen Crabbe (recovering from right knee arthroscopy). All are out for Monday’s game.
Brandon Goodwin is doubtful with a right hip contusion.