Report: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist likely out for season with shoulder injury

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's injury is devastating news for the Charlotte Hornets.
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After separating his right shoulder against the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will likely miss the entire season. An MRI revealed that the forward will need surgery, according to a Yahoo report.

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and likely miss the entire season, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months with the injury, which wouldn't allow for a possible return until the final weeks of the season in April. It leaves little hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can return to the lineup this season.

Entering his fourth year, Kidd-Gilchrist just signed a four-year, $52 million extension, a sign that Charlotte loves his defensive tenacity and improving offensive repertoire. Instead, the Hornets will be without the anchor that allows them to play a non-rim protector, Al Jefferson, at center.

Kidd-Gilchrist is only 22 years old, but he has already established himself as one of basketball’s finest perimeter defenders, a versatile wing who can guard four positions with ease. The Hornets will sorely miss all Kidd-Gilchrist has to offer on both ends of the court. This news is a huge blow to their hopes of making the postseason.

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