Hornets news: Nicolas Batum (fractured finger) cleared for contact, practices with team on Tuesday
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Nicolas Batum (fractured finger) cleared for contact, practices with Hornets on Tuesday

Hornets, Nicolas Batum

Charlotte Hornets small forward Nicolas Batum has been cleared for contact and participated in most of Tuesday’s practice per Rod Boone of The Athletic.

Batum suffered a broken middle finger in his left hand on opening night against the Chicago Bulls.

Batum played just 11 minutes off the bench against the Bulls before exiting. He wasn’t able to attempt a shot, but did have four rebounds in Charlotte’s win over Chicago.

The Hornets are 4-6 on the season.

Last season for the Hornets, Batum played in 75 games. He averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 86.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Batum will make $25,565,217 this season and has a player option worth $27,130,435 for next season, one which he will surely pick up since he won’t make that type of money on the open market. Batum signed a five-year, $120 million deal with the Hornets in the summer of 2016.

The 25th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Batum has career averages of 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 768 games with the Portland Trail Blazers and Hornets.

The Hornets are currently on a three-game losing streak. They will look to get back in the win column on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.