Charlotte Hornets ahead Gordon Hayward has a fracture on the base of the pinkie finger of his proper hand that will trigger him to miss a minimum of Thursday’s preseason sport in Orlando, Fla.
The injury just isn’t thought-about severe sufficient to require surgical procedure. He will be listed as day-to-day. It’s anticipated Hayward can play every time he’s comfy to take action, so far as ache tolerance and performing successfully. Hayward shoots with his proper hand.
Hayward suffered the injury in Monday’s house preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors. The Hornets’ assertion referred to as this an avulsion fracture, which imply a small chunk of bone connected to a tendon or ligament was pulled away from the principle a part of the bone.
He signed a four-year, $120 million contract and was a significant free-agent acquisition for the Hornets. He is predicted to be the hub of Charlotte’s offense this season, each as a scorer and facilitator.
The Hornets acquired Hayward in a sign-and-trade transaction with the Boston Celtics on Nov. 29. A ten-year veteran, Hayward averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists final season for the Celtics.
The Hornets are every week out from the season-opener, Dec. 23 in opposition to the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Hayward is an enormous a part of a remade roster; the Hornets waived Nic Batum and stretched the cap implications of the ultimate $27 million on Batum’s contract over three seasons to suit Hayward’s contract.
Hayward had a ugly leg injury his first season with the Celtics, struggling a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in 2017. That price him all however a sport of that season. Hayward also missed a few month of the NBA’s restart final season with an ankle sprain.