Gordon Hayward Suffers Left Shoulder Contusion

Hornets forward Gordon Hayward has sustained a left shoulder contusion and will miss at least the team’s next game, Charlotte has announced (Twitter link).

The 6’7″ combo forward suffered in the injury during the first of Charlotte’s 106-88 blowout loss to the Bulls Wednesday night. Charlotte has revealed that Hayward is going to be considered day-to-day after the Memphis contest.

The 32-year-old had previously started all eight of the 3-5 Hornets’ contests this season. He boasts averages of 17.4 PPG (on .472/.357/.784 shooting splits), 4.3 RPG, 4.1 APG and 0.8 SPG across 31 MPG.

Hayward, a former All-Star while with the Jazz, has been plagued by a litany of maladies ever since he departed Utah as a free agent, signing a maximum deal with the Celtics ahead of the 2017/18 NBA season. He played five minutes that year. Outside of the 2018/19 season, Hayward has missed at least 20 games every year since departing the franchise that drafted him ninth out of Butler in 2010.

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