According to the team, there’s currently no timetable for Lewis’ return to the court, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Lewis, 22, was the 56th overall pick in the 2021 draft out of Florida and spent his rookie season on a two-way contract with the Hornets. He only played in two NBA games, but he was a regular for the Greensboro Swarm, Charlotte’s G League affiliate, averaging 12.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, and 1.3 BPG in 32 regular season NBAGL contests (30.5 MPG).
Lewis didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Hornets when his two-way contract expired, so he became an unrestricted free agent last week. However, he had been on Charlotte’s Summer League roster — his injury occurred on Thursday during a practice in Las Vegas.
While the Hornets didn’t provide a return timeline in their announcement, Lewis’ injury sounds like one that will require a recovery period of months, not weeks, so we probably shouldn’t expect to see him on an NBA roster this fall.