Hawks G Claxton out 5-6 weeks with broken finger

Updated: September 21, 2006, 6:37 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks may be without new starting point guard Speedy Claxton for the beginning of the season.

The Hawks announced Thursday that Claxton has suffered a fracture of his left middle finger and will be out five to six weeks.

Claxton, who was injured during a workout Monday, was examined Thursday by Dr. Michael Bernot, a team physician, and will see hand specialist Dr. Stephen McCollam on Friday.

Hawks trainer Wally Blase said Claxton should be able to continue his offseason conditioning.

"Speedy was involved in a routine offseason workout, as many NBA players participate in," Hawks vice president and general manager Billy Knight said. "The injury is unfortunate, as it prevents him from continuing the strong offseason work he's put in thus far. But we expect a quick and full recovery."

The Hawks signed Claxton, who had been with the New Orleans Hornets, on July 12 to a four-year, $25.5 million deal.

Claxton, 28, averaged 12.3 points and 4.8 assists last season backing up Rookie of the Year Chris Paul. He finished second to Memphis swingman Mike Miller in Sixth Man Award voting.

Atlanta's season begins at Philadelphia on Nov. 1.

SportsTicker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.