While the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, they also suffered a significant loss. The team learned that Gordon Hayward will be sidelined indefinitely due to a fracture in his left shoulder, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Initially, the Hornets had framed Hayward's injury as "a left shoulder contusion," which upset Hayward's wife, Robyn.
"He actually has a fractured scapula... that they had him play with last game," Robyn posted on social media. "That's why he couldn't move his arm up in the last game... I'm gonna stop there and not get into prior things... It's a fracture in the shoulder. Which is a broken bone. I'm over them not protecting players."
Hayward has appeared in 11 games this season, averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 threes while shooting 44.5% from the field, 38.1% from three and 76.7% from the free-throw line.
He is the highest-paid player on Charlotte's roster, earning $30,075,000. Hayward has dealt with numerous injuries throughout his stint with the Hornets, playing in just 49 games last season and 44 games in 2020-21.
Charlotte is now 6-14, which is the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference. While the Hornets have the NBA's 15th-ranked defense (allowing 109.3 points per 100 possessions), they are currently ranked 30th in offense (scoring just 103.7 points per 100 possessions).