Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was not showing any sign of avoiding contact as he returned to the court Monday night at Dallas, driving the lane to draw a foul in the first quarter and continuing to play with an aggressive approach as the latest encouraging moments for the Hornets and their starting small forward in the comeback from the shoulder injury that cost him 75 games last season.
Coach Steve Clifford had already noted the positive of Kidd-Gilchrist showing the same hard-driving style in the first week of Charlotte practices as before twice tearing cartilage in his right shoulder.
Source: Scott Howard-Coopers of NBA.com
Giannis Antetokounmpo to Miss Game With Knee Soreness
The Milwaukee Bucks have listed All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as out for Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of right knee soreness.
Antetokounmpo will be missing his third game this season with the same ailment, having sat out a Nov. 22 contest at Phoenix and a Dec. 23 matchup in Charlotte.
Hornets Make Kemba Walker Available via Trade
Overloaded with bad contracts and untradeable assets, the Charlotte Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, league sources told ESPN.
Charlotte has been encouraging teams to make offers and appears eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade in which another team would take on one of the Hornets’ several less desirable contracts, sources said.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Bulls’ Kris Dunn in Concussion Protocol After Hard Fall
Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday.
Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.