Hawks' Lou Williams cleared to return from ACL tear suffered last season


Earlier this week, in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Atlanta Hawks played Cartier Martin for extended minutes off the bench.

No offense to Martin, but no playoff team should play him for 20 minutes in early-season games, when the group is still working to find it's identity.

That could change soon with the news from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that bench scorer Lou Williams, who suffered a torn ACL, has been cleared for full-contact practice and is expected to return soon.

Williams, who has already participated in full-contact drills, is working to get in game shape at the moment, coach Mike Budenholzer told the Journal-Constitution. The team is not sure of an exact date for his return from the season-ending injury suffered in J


“He is basically competing full-go now,” Budenholzer said Wednesday. “I guess, in that sense, you could say he’s been cleared. He is doing everything. It’s now getting game-ready or game-comfortable. He’s played five-on-five. He is basically cleared to do everything. We’ll get him to where he feels comfortable playing in a game.”