Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist cleared for practice

Tuesday January 19th, 2016

Injured Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for full-contact practice, the team announced Tuesday.

Kidd-Gilchrist sustained a labrum tear in his right shoulder in Charlotte’s preseason game against the Orlando Magic and underwent surgery on Oct 6. He began participating in non-contact practice two weeks ago after initially being expected to miss the entire 2015–16 season.

Though he will return to team practice, no timetable has been given for his return to the active roster.

The 22-year-old signed a four-year, $52 million extension with Charlotte in August.

Kidd-Gilchrist, a former No. 2 pick, played in 55 games in the 2014–15 season and averaged a career-high 10.9 points per game for the Hornets.

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Charlotte is 19–22 so far this season.

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