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Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist cleared for full-contact practice

The Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist smiled as he spoke to the media during a news conference announcing a contract extension on Aug. 26, 2015.
The Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist smiled as he spoke to the media during a news conference announcing a contract extension on Aug. 26, 2015. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte Hornets announced that former University of Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for full-contact practice by team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook.

The fourth-year forward suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Oct. 3, 2015, in a preseason game at Orlando.

The team said that as part of his rehabilitation, Kidd-Gilchrist has participated in non-contact practice for the past two weeks.

There is no timetable for Kidd-Gilchrist’s return to the active roster.

He averaged career bests in points (10.9), rebounds (7.6) and minutes (28.9) during the 2014-15 season. His 7.6 rebounds per game ranked first among all small forwards in the NBA.

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