Looks like Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be out of action longer than expected.
An MRI revealed that Kidd-Gilchrist has a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
The Hornets made an announcement Monday, but did not disclose if he will be needing surgery or for how long he will be out.
An earlier announcement last Sunday said Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA draft and Charlotte’s best defensive player, sustained a separated shoulder, but an MRI also revealed significant damage to his labrum.
The team said he will be having consultations with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook on Tuesday to determine following measures for the recovery and rehabilitation of his injured shoulder.
Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury during a preseason game in Orlando last Saturday, landing hard on the floor with :46 seconds left in the second quarter.
After staying down for a few minutes, Kidd-Gilchrist got up holding his shoulder and immediately exited the court, being helped off the floor to the locker room. He did not return to the game and settled for four points, one rebound, and one assist in the Hornet’s 106-100 win over the Orlando Magic.
Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will need shoulder surgery and be sidelined six months, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 5, 2015
With this, Kidd-Gilchrist’s 2015-16 season is pretty much done even before it started.
However, there is still a tinge of hope that he may return before the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason – if ever Charlotte goes that far without him.
Last season, the Hornets went 28-29 with him in the lineup and 5-20 when he was sidelined. Kidd-Gilchrist posted an average of 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 55 outings for Charlotte while also making his presence felt on the defensive end.
Just last month, he inked a $52-million contract extension which will keep him in Charlotte for four more years.