Hornets guard Eric Gordon told Yahoo! Sports he expects to miss 4-6 weeks due to a recurring knee injury.
Despite experiencing pain, Gordon was told he would not require surgery during a visit to a Chicago doctor on Thursday.
"The doctor could tell I was going through a lot of pain," Gordon said. "But I know I can strengthen it during the four- to six-week time period and return. This was a big break. I've been dealing with this injury for a year. To hear that news was good to me because I thought it would be possibly worse."
Gordon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Feb. 14 and played in just nine games of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season. During the offseason, the Hornets matched a five-year, $58 million contract offer sheet he signed with the Phoenix Suns.