Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has suffered a fractured bone in his right wrist and is expected to miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The team confirmed the injury and stated that Ball will be out indefinitely.
Ball was dealing with wrist soreness and underwent an MRI in San Antonio today which revealed the injury. He’ll seek a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis, with the fracture being located around the area of his thumb, Wojnarowski notes.
Ball has averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game in his first NBA season, making a strong case to be named Rookie of the Year. Now that he’ll miss the final two months of the season, it could open the door for Anthony Edwards or Tyrese Haliburton to make a run for that award.
The Hornets are 20-21 and have lost three straight contests. Ball’s injury could affect how the team approaches the trade deadline this week, perhaps reducing the odds of a Devonte’ Graham trade or a major splash for a big man.