Hawks forward Bembry to miss summer league

DeAndre Bembry is a small forward for the Atlanta Hawks.

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DeAndre Bembry is a small forward for the Atlanta Hawks.

Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry won’t participate in the team’s summer league games over the next two weeks as he recovers from April surgery to repair a fractured right wrist.

Bembry said he’d hoped to play with the Hawks in the Utah or Las Vegas leagues, but hasn’t been medically cleared to do so. He said he plans to be ready for training camp.

Bembry participated in portions of the team’s practice Friday. He said plans to travel with the Hawks to Utah and Las Vegas.

“As you can see I’m shooting and working out and everything like that,” he said. “It’s still a process. I’m almost back, not quite yet.”

Bembry had wrist surgery soon after the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. A series of injuries contributed to Bembry playing only 26 games (455 minutes) in his second NBA season after the Hawks selected him with the No. 21 pick in the 2016 draft.

Bembry had a triceps injury during 2018 training camp, suffered a right wrist fracture on opening night and developed groin/abdominal injuries in December and January. Bembry returned to play the final 10 games of the season but suffered another right wrist fracture April 8 at Boston.

Bembry said he’s focused on not rushing back from his latest injury.

“I’m just trying to get to 100 percent so I don’t have any more injuries this year,” he said. “I dealt with that way too much last year, so I’m trying to get my body right this summer.”