Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist re-tears labrum, out indefinitely
Charlotte forward suffers another shoulder injury in a frustrating turn of events that could have big impacts on the Hornets' playoff push.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist just cannot catch a lucky break. The Hornets' forward had just returned from a torn labrum in his shoulder within the past few weeks and on top of dislocating his shoulder Wednesday night, MKG also re-tore the labrum in the same shoulder, the Hornets announced Thursday.
This likely puts him out for the remainder of the season with another surgery necessary. The Hornets have not confirmed surgery for Kidd-Gilchrist, however, and stated he'll be re-evaluated after the All-Star Break. On top of it being frustrating and painful for Kidd-Gilchrist, who pushed himself to return to form this season after signing a big contract extension earlier this year, it's a huge blow for the Hornets. Their defense was torn to pieces with Kidd-Gilchrist out and getting him back was a big key to their upturn on that end over the past month.
There will also be questions about whether MKG and the Hornets rushed him back too soon as Kidd-Gilchrist beat the estimates for his return date from the original injury by several weeks.
The Hornets may look to make a deal at the deadline to bring in another wing defender but those are in short supply and high demand, and the Hornets' only real trade assets are Al Jefferson, a slow-footed post-up center (who's a great teammate and post scorer but who is hard to find a fit for in today's smallball-obsessed NBA) and point guard Jeremy Lin, who has been very productive for a team needing stability behind Kemba Walker.
We'll keep you updated on how long MKG will be out and where the Hornets go from here.
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