Hawks C Miles Plumlee to miss time with injury

Charlotte Hornets center Miles Plumlee (18) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Atlanta Hawks center Miles Plumlee has been ruled out for the next 2-3 weeks due to a right quad strain, the team announced on Wednesday. That timetable would rule him out for the team’s season opener and likely puts his return closer to the month of November.

Plumlee was acquired during the offseason as a member of the deal that saw veteran center Dwight Howard sent to the Charlotte Hornets. Now heading into his sixth NBA season, Plumlee is joining his fifth different franchise.

Last season, he split the year between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Hornets, with all 13 of his starts coming with Milwaukee. In 10.8 minutes per night, he averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game over the course of the season.

He first joined the league when he was selected in the first round (26th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers out of Duke. He appeared in just 14 games off the bench that season before being acquired by the Phoenix Suns and entering their starting lineup.

In 2013-14, he started 79 games for Phoenix and averaged career highs with 8.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He has since found his niche in short bursts of playing time, attempting to crack the Atlanta front court rotation heading into the year.

Atlanta opens the season with a five-game road trip, beginning on Oct. 18 against the Dallas Mavericks. The team’s first home game comes on Oct. 27 against the Denver Nuggets, which would be right around the time Plumlee is expected to return from injury.

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