In a major setback, the Atlanta Hawks announced on Wednesday afternoon that power forward De’Andre Hunter would miss the rest of the season due to a torn meniscus.
Hunter sat out the last two games in their second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers with what the team initially called “right knee soreness.” However, following an MRI and a second opinion by another doctor, the second-year player will undergo surgery to repair the tear.
The Hawks released a statement on their official website that read: “Prior to Game 1, De’Andre Hunter began experiencing some mild swelling in his right knee. Head team physician Dr. Kenneth Mautner and head orthopedist Dr. Kyle Hammond examined Hunter and suggested an MRI.”
Hunter has been solid on the boards for the Hawks this season, averaging 15 points and 4.8 rebounds a game while being a versatile defender.