Charlotte Hornets star rookie LaMelo Ball will be re-evaluated in four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his broken right wrist, the team announced on Tuesday.
The timetable leaves the door open for a possible return this season for the 19-year-old point guard, a frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year honours.
The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. Michelle Carlson.
Ball injured the wrist during Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He fell early in the game and appeared to be in discomfort the rest of the contest. He finished with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes.
A Hornets statement said: “LaMelo Ball underwent successful surgery to address a fracture in his right wrist.
“Ball’s wrist will be immobilized and he will be re-evaluated in four weeks. Additional updates will be provided at that time.”
Ball was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft and was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for both January and February.
He is averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds in 41 games (21 starts). He leads all rookies in assists and steals, with his 1.6 thefts per game tied for fifth overall in the NBA.
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