Nicolas Batum
    Nicolas Batum
    #5 | Nicolas Batum
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    Guard-Forward | Charlotte Hornets
    Date of Birth 12/14/1988
    Height, Weight 6'8", 200 lbs
    From Lisieux, FRA
    Experience 9 Years
    Drafted 2008 - Rd 1 by HOU
    Salary $22,434,783
    2016-17 Season Career
    PPG
    15.1
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    RPG
    6.2
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    APG
    5.9
    18th
    BIOGRAPHY  
    Date of Birth 12/14/1988
    Height, Weight 6'8", 200 lbs
    From Lisieux, FRA
    Experience 9 Years
    Drafted 2008 - Rd 1 by HOU
    Salary $22,434,783
    RotowireOct 17, 9:21a ET

    News

    Batum (elbow) was seen taking shots Tuesday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Impact

    While he's still projected to be out until late November or early December, the fact that Batum is able to get shots up is a good sign for his progress. The likes of Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb and Dwayne Bacon should be the main beneficiaries of his absence, with the former two probably making viable DFS plays. It's tough to gauge Batum's value in year-long formats, though he's certainly more valuable in head-to-head formats than rotisserie. As long as fantasy owners can keep their team afloat until Batum returns, he could make for a nice mid-season boost.

    RotowireOct 10, 6:53a ET

    News

    Batum won't require surgery to address a torn ligament in his left elbow after the swingman met with a specialist Monday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Impact

    It's excellent news for the Hornets and Batum, who likely would have looking at a longer absence if surgery had been required. Instead, the veteran will treat the elbow through the rest-and-rehab method, with the Hornets projecting Batum to miss a minimum of 6-to-8 weeks and a maximum of three months. Fortunately for Batum, the injury isn't to his shooting arm, which should aid his chances of quickly finding his form once he returns to the court, likely at some point in November or December. Jeremy Lamb is first in line to replace Batum as the team's starting shooting guard, but he exited Monday's preseason tilt with the Heat with a groin injury of his own, potentially opening the door for rookies Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon to assume large roles in the backcourt when the regular season opens.

    RotowireOct 6, 12:05p ET

    News

    Batum (elbow) will consult with a specialist Monday on whether or not to undergo surgery, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Impact

    While surgery may be better for Batum' long-term health, it could certainly extend his timetable for a return this season. Fantasy owners in a league that drafts between Friday and Monday will likely have a tough choice to make in regards to Batum, who averaged a quality 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.8 threes and 1.1 steals per game during 2016-17. Jeremy Lamb is set to begin the year in the starting five in Batum's stead and is the candidate to benefit the most from Batum's absence. Malik Monk could also see additional run as a result, though is certainly a risky pickup as a rookie.

    StatsLLCOct 5, 4:52p ET

    News

    Batum will miss a minimum of six to eight weeks with a left elbow injury.

    Impact

    An MRI on revealed the nine-year veteran tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his non-dominant arm in the first quarter of Charlotte's preseason contest against the Pistons on Wednesday. The Hornets have not decided if Batum will need surgery or will attempt to rehab the injury. Batum's injury means Jeremy Lamb could be thrust into a starting role to open the regular season.

    RotowireOct 5, 1:29p ET

    News

    Batum has suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will miss 8-to-12 weeks, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports

    Impact

    Batum suffered the injury in the first quarter of Wednesday's exhibition game and a subsequent MRI has revealed a torn ligament. A timetable of 8-to-12 weeks puts an early return at the start of December, though if it's on the longer side of things, we could see Batum sit out until January. It's a tough blow for both Batum and the Hornets, as they'll lose the team's second option offensively and 15.1 points per game from a season ago. With Batum out, it's unclear exactly who the Hornets will start at shooting guard, but both Jeremy Lamb and Malik Monk are candidates for the job. Lamb has had a strong preseason, but Monk is an extremely promising rookie that also has a ton of upside, so that's a situation to monitor in the lead-up to the regular season opener. Look for additional updates on Batum as he progresses in his recovery.