Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be sidelined for six months due to a shoulder injury, meaning he could miss the entire season, according to Yahoo Sports.
Kidd-Gilchrist had only recently signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension in September, so this will be devasting news for the franchise and their fans.
The timetable for Kidd-Gilchrist‘s return is six months, which would take us up to April, the final weeks of the season, so there is a glimmer of hope that he will play a part in the playoffs for the Hornets if they are able to get there without him.
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But the NBA team from Charlotte has only managed to get to the playoffs twice in the last ten years, so even with Kidd-Gilchrist on the court, this might have been a difficult task to conquer.
The 22-year-old has been a key player alongside center Al Jefferson and guard Kemba Walker for the Hornets since being drafted number two overall in 2012, so his absence will be missed.
Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb will likely fill the void he leaves behind, but replacing one of the team's most important defensive players will be a tough job for either of them.
Kidd-Gilchrist separated his right shoulder during a preseason game last weekend against the Orlando Magic, and an MRI scan on Monday revealed the injury to be a torn labrum.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports was one of the first to announce the news that the Hornets would have to try and reach the playoffs this year without one of their best players.