Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to have surgery, out for the season

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The Charlotte Hornets have announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will have surgery on his right shoulder again on Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the NBA season.

The team announced the surgery will be performed by Dr Gerald Williams at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia.

Kidd-Gilchrist first tore the labrum in his right shoulder in October during a preseason game, forcing him to have surgery and keeping him out for four months. 

He returned last month and was averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.3 minutes per game in seven contests.

However, the former number two pick in the draft out of Kentucky tore the labrum again in the third quarter of Charlotte's 117-95 win against the Indiana Pacers on February 10 and has been sidelined ever since.

The news comes as a blow for the Hornets, who are looking to make a return to the playoffs. Currently occupying the final spot in the Eastern Conference with a 27-26 record, it has been a strong season for the Michael Jordan-owned franchise so far.

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Kemba Walker is leading the Hornets in points per game and is posting a career-high of 20.5 while Nicolas Batum is averaging 14.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. 

The Hornets return to action following the All-Star break in the early hours of Saturday morning as they face the Milwaukee Bucks and will be looking to take the lead in the four-game series.

They overcame the Bucks 87-82 at the Time Warner Cable Arena back in November before losing 105-92 at home in January.

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