Charlotte 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.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Saturday's preseason win over the Orlando 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.
Lamb averaged seven points, 2.1 rebounds and 15.7 minutes with the Thunder, but will get an opportunity to play a bigger role alongside his former college teammate Kemba Walker.
"It just gives me a fresh start," Lamb said. "It gives me an opportunity to try to get a role and just play. I'm going to make the most of it. I'm just going to work hard and try my best to put myself in a position to play and have a role on this team."
The Thunder nearly dealt Lamb to Charlotte as part of a three-team deal with the Hornets and Nets in January, but talks fell through. He averaged 6.3 points 2.3 rebounds this past season in 47 games.
Ridnour has now been dealt from the Magic to the Grizzlies to the Thunder in whirlwind fashion, though the veteran guard is considering retirement.
Jones missed most of the first part of last season with a knee injury. He averaged 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds over 43 games.
The Thunder nearly dealt Lamb to Charlotte as part of a three-team deal with the Hornets and Nets in January, but talks fell through. He averaged 2.3 rebounds this past season.
Novak was acquired by the Thunder from the Jazz in February. He missed a few weeks after undergoing an appendectomy. He averaged 1.8 points per game in 35 games in 2014-15.
The Thunder are seeking cash and/or draft picks in any potential pick involving these players, league sources have told Sports Illustrated.
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