Charlotte Hornets ahead Gordon Hayward will probably be sidelined indefinitely as a result of a fracture in his left shoulder, league and workforce sources inform The Athletic. Here’s what it’s good to know:
- Hayward missed Friday’s recreation in opposition to Minnesota with what the workforce known as a left shoulder contusion.
- The 32-year-old missed eight video games earlier this month after struggling the preliminary damage on Nov. 2 versus Chicago however returned on Nov. 18.
- The Hornets anticipate Hayward to overlook time and he’s present process additional evaluations.
Hayward has handled various accidents lately and has but to play greater than 50 video games in a season since signing with the Hornets in 2020. The veteran ahead is averaging 16.3 factors, 4.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 11 video games this season, whereas the Hornets have gone 2-7 within the 9 video games he’s missed.
What this implies for Charlotte
Hayward accidents are now not surprising information, however with the Hornets already lacking LaMelo Ball, Cody Martin and Dennis Smith Jr. and mired at 6-14, the timing might have been higher. Jalen McDaniels began in Hayward’s absence in Friday’s win over Minnesota, and can doubtless proceed to till Ball or Martin returns.
However, the larger, looming query is whether or not this information nudges Charlotte to shed veterans and concentrate on the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. Hayward’s $30 million a 12 months contract could also be unmovable, however the expiring offers of P.J. Washington, Kelly Oubre and Mason Plumlee might discover traction. — Hollinger
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