Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sustained a shoulder injury in the first preseason game of the Charlotte Hornets. The team management announced that Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo a surgery on his wounded shoulder and shall be out of action for six months.
Kidd-Gilchrist agreed upon an extension with the Hornets this preseason. Gilchrist’s injury will open up more minutes for Jeremy Lamb.
Under the current circumstances, Michael will miss the entire season till the final weeks of next April.
The Hornets won their first preseason game over Orlando on Saturday. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated shoulder during the match. A report on Monday at Charlotte’s points to a torn labrum. The 22-year-old signed a four-year $52 million contract extension last September with the Hornets.
Gilchrist was the No 2 overall pick of the Hornets in the 2012 NBA draft. Along with Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, he developed into a pivotal man of the team after improving his offensive display. He introduced a revamp jump-shot to lift his scoring.
Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 55 games for Charlotte in his third NBA season.