Despite decidedly average results from this Hawks team at 12-12 and virtually as many point scored as conceded, there are definitely successful takeaways from the first quarter of the season.
For one, the Hawks clearly have set aim on the future of the organization. While none of the 2013 draft picks are currently with the big club, there is a watchful eye on the development of Dennis Schröder, currently with the D-League affiliate Bakersfield Jam, second round pick Mike Muscala, playing for Río Natura Monbús, and Lucas Noguiera of Tuenti Móvil Estudiantes, both in the Spanish ACB League.
Now comes news that Lucas Noguiera has suspended his contract with the Estudiantes due to physical related issues. Essentially, that means he will not play with the team nor get paid, but can see non-club related doctors. According to reports, Lucas has done just this and requested this to seek an outside diagnosis on his knees.
The man they call “Bebe” also missed time with a strained hamstring as well as knee tendonitis. As a result he only logged 6 games, averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.5 minutes.
It was previously assumed that Noguiera would stay overseas until at least next June, as the Hawks already have applied to remove his cap hold for the 2013-14 season, meaning despite this news, he won’t be joining the Atlanta Hawks this season.
According to this piece quoting the Estudiantes general manager José Asensio, Nogueira can reactivate his contract whenever he would like. He also cited Nogueira’s visit to Los Angeles-based physicians and the possibility of Noguiera’s knees not being able to withstand the wear from the Summer League and other offseason basketball activities.
Details are hard to come by, as the language barrier and different league protocols are hard to navigate, but the suspension of the contract is not a new practice. The real worry are the lower body pains that are known to plague 7 foot basketball centers. All we can do is hope Bebe can receive proper medical attention and allow him to return to the court soon enough.