Hornets’ Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) out for season
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will have surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season, the team announced.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.
The Hornets announced last week that the forward had dislocated his shoulder after he was injured in a win over the Indiana Pacers.
Kidd-Gilchrist tore the labrum once before, in an October preseason game, and had surgery. He had just returned to the lineup on Jan. 29.
Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in seven games this season. The Hornets signed Kidd-Gilchrist to a four-year, $52 million extension in the off-season.
Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston will likely receive the bulk of Kidd-Gilchrist’s minutes barring a move at the deadline.
The Hornets are 27–26 and holding onto the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after winning five of their last six games entering the All-Star break— all with Kidd-Gilchrist in the lineup.
Charlotte travels to face Milwaukee on Friday, kicking off a five-game road swing to round out the month.
- Jeremy Woo