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Hawks newly-acquired C Clint Capela told reporters that he feels “way, way better” and that his heal has heeled. He can’t be 100 percent sure however if he is fully healed as he has yet to participate in any 5-on-5 work.
Capela was traded from Houston to Atlanta in February after spending six seasons with the Rockets. He was rehabbing from the heel injury he suffered with the Rockets when he was traded, so he has yet to take the court for his new team. When he’s healthy, Capela is likely to play the 5 for the Hawks, which will slide John Collins down to his more natural position at the 4. The Hawks won’t be making the trip down to Walt Disney World to partake in the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season, so Capela will have ample time to get 100 percent healed prior to the 2020-21 season.
Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk told ESPN, "Clint says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court. Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us."
Traded by the Houston Rockets at the deadline, Clint Capela has yet to suit up for the Atlanta Hawks. As the NBA continues to work out the logistics on which teams will be participating in the NBA Bubble, the Hawks are interested in making sure they are taking part, even if its for only five games. The Hawks youth movement and rebuild is underway and the nucleus of Trae Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish, DeAndre Hunter, and Kevin Huerter have yet to play with Capela. Fantasy owners should expect some regression from Capela as he makes his way back from injury and its unclear how he will fit with a new system and team. One thing is for sure, the pick-and-roll lobs will be there with Trae Young and Capela remains one of the better rebounders and shot blockers in the NBA. Fantasy owners will have to hang tight for more information about whether teams out of contention will still be involved in the restart of the NBA season.
In regards to the healing and rehab process for the plantar fasciitis and bone bruise in his heel, Atlanta Hawks F/C Clint Capela told The Athletic, “I’m feeling pretty good,” I’m going to keep doing what the medical staff is saying. I think they’ve been doing a pretty good job. I’m not 100 percent yet. It’s getting better, so I’m optimistic about it.”
Capela was traded to the Hawks mid-way through the season in a multiplayer deal that sent Minnesota F Robert Covington to the Rockets. Capela was in the middle of rehabbing from his injuries sustained while playing for Houston. He admitted that there were times he pushed himself to play through the pain, which is why he hasn’t been able to heal more quickly. He told reporters that he played with a level 8 or 9 pain on a scale of 1-10 at certain times. Capela said that as of today, his range of pain now varies between a 3 and a 5, which shows major improvement from a few months ago. With the Hawks, Capela is now considered a veteran amongst a group of young players, whereas in Houston, he was a youngster amongst a group of veterans. He’ll look to claim his stake in Atlanta’s front court rotation whenever basketball resumes, although he may not carry as much fantasy value with the Hawks as he once did with the Rockets.
Clint Capela (heel) has been cleared to participate in impact activities, but will remain sidelined for at least two more weeks.
Capela (heel) and fellow big-man Skal Labissiere (knee) will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The Hawks only have 12 games remaining after Capela and Labissiere are to be re-evaluated, but it would make sense for Atlanta to see how these two bigs could potentially fit in the rotation prior to the end of the season. Look for Bruno Fernando and Dewayne Dedmon to continue to start at the Center spot, with John Collins helping out as well when the Hawks decide to play small-ball lineups.
Clint Capela (heel) is set to be re-evaluated next week.
Capela will be evaluated next week, but is expected to miss next week’s slate of games. With this recent timetable, Capela would most likely miss the next six contests. The Hawks are not in playoff contention and have no real reason to rush Capela back. Look for Dewayne Dedmon to see an increased role with Capela sidelined.