• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist undergoes shoulder surgery

    Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent successful surgery Tuesday on the torn labrum in his right shoulder.The normal recovery time for such an injury is six months, so expect Kidd-Gilchrist to be sidelined till at least the beginning of April.Considering the playoffs start in mid-April, he very well could miss the entire season. With Kidd-Gilchrist on the long road to recovery, Nicolas Batum may be forced to move over to small forward, which would then open up opportunities for Jeremy Lamb and Jeremy Lin at shooting guard.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Report: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out several weeks with dislocated shoulder

    Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Saturday's preseason win over the Magic and is expected to miss several weeks, the Charlotte Observer reports.The injury occurred when Kidd-Gilchrist was sent flying hard to the floor after a foul by the Magic's Tobias Harris. He remained in Orlando overnight for X-rays on the shoulder, which came back negative but revealed a dislocation. He'll be officially reevaluated Monday, but a dislocated shoulder typically requires 3-12 weeks of recovery time, making it quite likely that Kidd-Gilchrist misses the Oct. 28 regular-season opener in Miami.It's not clear how much time beyond that Kidd-Gilchrist will be sidelined, but it should be clarified as he progresses from the injury. In Kidd-Gilchrist's absence, the Hornets could opt to move Nicolas Batum over from shooting guard to small forward, which may pave the way for Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb, P.J. Hairston, or Troy Daniels to temporarily ascend to the starting lineup.

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    Hornets' Nicolas Batum set to start at shooting guard

    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Nicolas Batum is penciled in to start at shooting guard this season, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports. Batum offers the ability to play at either wing spot, but the Hornets appear inclined to deploy their offseason acquisition at guard, leaving defensive maven Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to play small forward and match up against the opposition's top swingman. The Frenchman saw his all-around numbers tumble last season while missing 11 games due to a surfeit of injuries, but the Hornets appear optimistic that an offseason of full health can revitalize his productivity. Batum's greatest challenge will be demonstrating that he can still be an effective marksman, after shooting a career-low 40 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from three-point land.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Report: Blazers to send Batum to Hornets for Henderson, Vonleh

    The Trail Blazers are on the verge of finalizing a deal that would send forward Nicolas Batum to the Hornets, sources told Yahoo Sports. In exchange for the Batum, the Blazers would receive guard Gerald Henderson and forward Noah Vonleh. Batum went from averaging 13.0 points during the 2013-14 season to just 9.4 this past season. Henderson averaged 12.1 points in 80 games for the Hornets last season.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Blazers' Nicolas Batum not concerned about being traded

    When asked about the potential of being traded in the offseason, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum was not concerned with where he might end up, reports CSNNW.com. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That's the business, I understand that. I mean, I can't control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." In 71 games, Batum averaged 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. He shot 40 percent from the field, which was a career low. "This year was an accident and that won't happen again," Batum said. "I will do everything to make sure that it won't happen again."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Blazers F Nicolas Batum plans to rest during offseason

    After struggling through his worst shooting season since his rookie year, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said he wants to rest more during the offseason, reports The Oreginian. "Last year, I didn't manage my offseason well," Batum said. "I didn't plan to go with the national team last summer, and when I did, I had already made plans to make appearances and camps. I didn't rest." Batum will play for the French National Team in the summer, but he said he will make sure he is rested before reporting in August. "All I know is everybody has one bad year," Batum said. "You have to learn from it. Why? And how can I get better?" With LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez set to become free agents in the offseason, Batum said he hopes the team can stick together. "I'm one of the rare guys on contract," Batum said. "But I hope we get the same team back." Batum added that he may take a break from basketball for 2-3 weeks and he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Trail Blazers list guard Arron Afflalo as doubtful for Sunday's game

    The Trail Blazers have listed guard Arron Afflalo as doubtful for Sunday's opening round game against the Grizzlies with a shoulder injury, the team announced. Afflalo missed the final three games of the regular season with the injury. If he is unable to go, CJ McCollum would likely fill in. Also listed on the injury report are Alonzo Gee (foot) as questionable, McCollum (ankle), Nicolas Batum (knee) and Chris Kaman (back) as probable. The Trail Blazers are currently 5 1/2-point underdogs against Memphis

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Blazers' Batum, McCollum say they'll play in Game 1; Afflalo unsure

    Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum and guard CJ McCollum said they intend to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, reports The Oregonian. Batum will miss Wednesday's season finale because of a knee contusion he suffered during Monday's game, while McCollum will be held out Wednesday because of an ankle injury. Meanwhile, guard Arron Afflalo was unsure if he'd be ready to play in Game 1, reports the team's official website. Afflalo is dealing with a right shoulder sprain, which was expected to keep him sidelined for 1-2 weeks.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Blazers F Nicolas Batum diagnosed with knee contusion

    An MRI revealed Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum sustained a right knee contusion during Monday's contest, the team announced. As a result of the injury, Batum has been ruled out of Wedneday's game at Dallas. The team did not indicate if the injury would affect Batum's playoff status.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    X-Ray's negative on Blazers' Nicolas Batum (knee), MRI for Tuesday

    X-Rays on Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum's right knee were negative but he'll undergo an MRI on Tuesday, reports the Oregonian. Batum left Monday's game in Oklahoma City with the knee injury and did not return.