Schlenk: Hawks want Collins 100 percent before return

John and Hugh
November 06, 2018 - 10:37 am

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The Atlanta Hawks are back in action tonight on the road against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hawks are coming off a 123-118 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday, a night where young rookie guard Trae Young shined. Young put had another triple-double, dropping 24 points and a career-high 15 assists in the victory.

“We’ve said from day one that we’ve liked his ability to recognize situations." Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk told John and Hugh on Tuesday. "He’s got three double-doubles on the season. We’re very pleased with what he’s done and we’re very excited about his future.”  

On his other two rookies, Schlenk said they were high on the progress of Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman coming out of college, pointing out Huerter makes “the easy play” and Omari possesses a nice easy stroke for a player his size.

Tonight, the Hawks will be without Tauren Prince and John Collins, both dealing with ankle injuries. Collins has yet to see a game this year. Schlenk said the team is no hurry to rush him back, wanting that ankle to be at 100 percent strength.

“He’s getting closer. He hasn’t been out on the floor much since early October. It’s all about strengthening his ankle and getting him used to being ready for a game.”  

He added that he’s heading to Indianapolis for tonight’s Champions Classic to begin the scouting process, and when asked if he was looking at a specific player, Schlenk said: “All of them (laughing).”