The Atlanta Hawks were flying high to begin the 2020-21 NBA season, but now they might have trouble staying in the air. The team lost their big free-agency signing Bogdan Bogdanovic to a knee injury over the weekend, and it appears that the 28-year-old Serbian could miss an extended period of time recovering.
Bogdanovic suffered the injury in a 113-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday. He was bringing the ball up the floor when he stepped awkwardly and his knee gave up.
The Hawks confirmed the injury on social media, saying that Bogdanovic has an “avulsion fracture” in his right knee and is out indefinitely.
Atlanta still isn’t sure how much time Bogdanovic will miss and will share an update later in the week. This type of injury is usually treated by rest and exercises, although surgery might be necessary in some cases.
Bogdanovic’s injury arrives at a bad time for the Hawks, as the team is trying to end a four-game losing streak. In the first five games of the season, they had a 4-1 record.
Bogdan Bogdanovic signed with the Hawks at the beginning of the free agency, inking a four-year, $72 million contract. It doesn’t look like a good deal for Atlanta so far, as Bogdanovic started slower than expected. He is currently averaging a career-low 9.9 points while shooting just 38.5 percent from the field.