Hornets' Nicolas Batum (elbow) undergoing an MRI on Thursday

Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Nicolas Batum (elbow) is undergoing an MRI on Thursday for his sprained elbow.

What It Means:

Batum left Wednesday's preseason game early with the elbow injury. The initial diagnosis was a mild sprain, but the MRI will tell if there is any ligament damage. Either way, expect the swingman to sit out the rest of the preseason and possibly miss a game or two of the regular season. Jeremy Lamb will see an uptick in minutes with Batum sidelined.

Our models project Batum for 14.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in the 2017-18 season.