Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) expects to be ready to go for the start of next season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Kidd-Gilchrist underwent the second of two surgeries to repair a torn labrum in February, after missing all but seven games during the 2015-16 campaign. He's progressed to the point in his rehab this summer where he's now able to do some shooting, lifting and running, so it appears Kidd-Gilchrist is well on his way to being ready for the start of next season. We'll likely hear more regarding his recovery when training camp nears, but look for him to jump right back into the Hornets' rotation in his first year of the four-year, $52 million contract extension he received back in August.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum.
As was reported Tuesday, Kidd-Gilchrist's right shoulder procedure -- his second in four months -- will keep him out for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, ending his campaign with just seven games played. The Charlotte Hornets wasted no time in finding a player to replace Kidd-Gilchrist, as the team surrendered P.J. Hairston and a pair of second-round draft picks to the Grizzlies on Tuesday in exchange for Courtney Lee. Look for Lee to immediately enter the starting five at the wing spot opposite Nicolas Batum.
Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the same injury back in October and required surgery, which kept him out until late January. The former No. 2 overall pick made his season debut Jan. 29 against the Trail Blazers and started the next six games before re-tearing the labrum Wednesday against the Pacers in the
It's a tough break for Kidd-Gilchrist, who suffered the same injury during the preseason and was sidelined for nearly four months before making his season debut in late January. Given that Kidd-Gilchrist was initially projected to miss up to six months with that injury, it appears safe to assume that the small forward will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, even if he progresses in a similarly quick manner this time around. The team will re-evaluate Kidd-Gilchrist after the All-Star break before outlining a more definitive timetable for his return. Look for P.J. Hairston to return to the starting five in Kidd-Gilchrist's place, while bench wings such as Jeremy Lamb and Jeremy Lin could also see their roles increase.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Thursday, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Kidd-Gilchrist dislocated his right shoulder in Wednesday's 117-95 win over the Pacers, but the severity of the ailment won't be known until the results of the MRI are made available. The 22-year-old, who is averaging 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds over 29.3 minutes, was making just his seventh appearance of the season Wednesday after returning from a lengthy absence due to a torn labrum in that same right shoulder. Even if Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't require surgery to address this latest setback, it's fair to speculate that he'll be sidelined for at least a few weeks due to the injury, making him a drop candidate in most shallower formats. P.J. Hairston and Jeremy Lamb are likely to take on increased roles in the Charlotte Hornets ' rotation for the duration of Kidd-Gilchrist's absence.
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