Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Hornets' Nicolas Batum Tears Elbow Ligament, Out At Least Six Weeks

Hornets' Nicolas Batum Tears Elbow Ligament, Out At Least Six Weeks

Batum, 28, is entering the second year of a five-year contract worth $120 million signed last July.

With a weakening Eastern Conference, coupled with the addition of Dwight Howard in the offseason, the table was set for the now healthy Hornets to reclaim their position as a playoff team in the East.

The Hornets have already been hit with a huge blow only two games into the preseason schedule.

Hornets forward Nicolas Batum will miss at least six weeks with torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his left elbow, the team announced on Thursday. Batum suffered the injury early in the first quarter of Charlotte's preseason game against Detroit Wednesday night. In an updated diagnosis, the dynamic all-around player is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks with the injury, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The Hornets said treatment options for Batum's injury are still being evaluated. He, along with Kemba Walker, have been at the center of the Hornets success. Last season, he averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. He's also one of their better perimeter forwards. Coach Clifford will have a tough task ahead of him, choosing whether to start Monk in the lineup or distribute the minutes more, allowing both to get a considerable amount of minutes.

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