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Report: Nicolas Batum To Miss 8-12 Weeks With Torn Ligament

Batum injured his elbow against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, and it appears to be serious.

NBA: Preseason-Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Portland Trail Blazer and current Charlotte Hornet Nicolas Batum has torn a ligament in his left elbow, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, and may miss 8-12 weeks of action.

The injury occurred during the Hornets’ Wednesday night preseason game against the Detroit Pistons.

Batum, 28, signed a 5-year, $120-million contract with the Hornets in 2016. His probable absence represents a huge on-court loss for the Hornets, who have potential to rise in the ranks of an already weakened Eastern Conference early on.

During the 2016-17 NBA season, Batum averaged a career-best 15.1 points and 5.9 assists per game.

The silver lining for Hornets fans could be immediate increased playing time for rookie shooting guard Malik Monk, who was highly coveted in the 2017 NBA Draft and selected No. 11 overall.