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Hornets’ Gordon Hayward fractures finger on shooting hand

Agence France-Presse
Hornets’ Gordon Hayward fractures finger on shooting hand

NEW ACQUISITION. Hornets forward Gordon Hayward dribbles past Pascal Siakam of the Raptors in a preseason game.

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Just weeks after signing a four-year deal with the Hornets, Gordon Hayward suffers an injury in preseason training

Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward suffered a fracture at the base of his right little finger and will miss at least one preseason game, the NBA team said Wednesday, December 16 (Thursday, December 17, Philippine time).

The Hornets said Hayward will be listed as day-to-day, indicating the injury on his shooting hand won’t require surgery.

Hayward was hurt in the team’s preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

A statement from the club described it as an avulsion fracture – in which a small piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament is pulled loose.

Hayward, who declined a $34.2 million player option with the Boston Celtics last month to become a free agent, was a key acquisition for the Hornets, who signed him to a four-year deal worth a reported $120 million.

Hayward, who missed all but one game of the 2017-2018 season with the Celtics after suffering a grisly foot and ankle injury in his season debut, averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season for the Celtics.

The Hornets open the 2020-2021 season on December 23 against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. –

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