Hawks may leave roster spot open for Lou Williams

As the Atlanta Hawks work to finalize their roster heading into training camp, they may leave one spot open indefinitely.  Guard Lou Williams is recovering from a torn ACL.  He could be used to fill out the final roster spot.  The Hawks want to leave themselves that flexibility for now.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes the Hawks want Williams to be on the roster when the season begins.  Therefore, they may leave that 15th spot as a holding place for the eight-year veteran.  Considering Williams' recovery was expected to take until the start of the season, the Hawks may ultimately be wasting a spot, but if he is ready sooner than expected, the move will pay off.

Williams tore his ACL in January.  The recovery time for such an injury can be anywhere from 8-12 months.  Sometimes it can take longer.  While Williams is making progress, the Hawks truly have no idea when he will be ready to play in competitive games.  That could mean leaving a spot open on the roster for no reason.  However, the Hawks think it's worth the risk.

Williams, 26, has shown some real talent.  In his career, he is averaging 11.6 points per game.  However, last season, he averaged 14.1 points and 3.6 assists per game.  The Hawks can certainly use that kind of production.  The question is whether or not Williams will be able to provide it even when he is healthy.

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