Carter-Williams to have season ending surgery

Charlotte Hornets guard Michael Carter-Williams will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

Per an official announcement from the Hornets, Carter-Williams will have surgery to repair a posterior labral tear in his left shoulder.

Carter-Williams suffered the injury during the Hornets’ March 4 loss against the Toronto Raptors. He did return to the game in the third quarter, but an MRI confirmed surgery was necessary.

Carter-Williams will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Obviously, getting healthy will help his stock. But this is a lost opportunity to show improvement. He looks like a minimum-salary player – if that.

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That closes the book on what’s been a pretty disastrous first season in Charlotte for the former Rookie of the Year. In 52 games, Carter-Williams averaged 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, while shooting 33.2 percent from the field and 23.7 percent from 3-point range.

It’s the second time in Carter-Williams’ career that he’s suffered a torn labrum, though the first instance, back in 2014, involved his right shoulder. He’s also missed significant time with ankle, hip, and knee injuries since being drafted in 2013, and has failed to ever play more than 70 games in a season.

In the immediate future for the Hornets, Malik Monk should continue serving as the team’s new backup to Walker.

The Hornets signed Carter-Williams last July to a one-year, $2.7 million contract as a stopgap fix to the Hornets’ lacking depth behind starter Kemba Walker. Carter-Williams had platelet-rich plasma therapy on both knees last summer to relieve pain that caused him to miss the Hornets’ first nine regular-season games.

The Hornets dropped to 28-38 after Thursday’s 125-111 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. They are 6.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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