Hornets’ Hayward has broken finger on shooting hand

Published December 17, 2020, 9:17 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Gordon Hayward of the Charlotte Hornets handles the ball against the Toronto Raptors during a preseason game on December 14, 2020 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward has a fracture at the base of his right little finger and will miss at least one pre-season game, the NBA team said Wednesday.

The Hornets said Hayward will be listed as day-to-day, indicating the injury on his shooting hand won’t require surgery.

Hayward was hurt in the team’s pre-season loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

A statement from the club described it as an avulsion fracture — in which a small piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament is pulled loose.

Hayward, who declined a $34.2 million player option with the Boston Celtics last month to become a free agent, was a key acquisition for the Hornets, who signed him to a four-year deal worth a reported $120 million.

Hayward, who missed all but one game of the 2017-18 season with the Celtics after suffering a grisly foot and ankle injury in his season debut, averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season for the Celtics.

The Hornets open the 2020-21 season on December 23 against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.