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Charlotte Hornets’ Gordon Hayward (foot) out at least four weeks

Apr 2, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Justin Holiday (8) defends  in the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Justin Holiday (8) defends in the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward will be sidelined at least four weeks with a right foot sprain, the team announced Saturday.

Hayward, 31, sustained the injury on a drive to the rim during the second quarter of Charlotte’s 114-97 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. He sat out the rest of the game.

Per the Hornets, the initial diagnosis was confirmed via a physician’s exam and studies Saturday in Indianapolis. He will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.

Hayward is averaging 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 44 games (all starts) this season. He is playing in his first season with Charlotte since signing a four-year, $120 million deal in the offseason.

Hayward was acquired by the Hornets in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics on Nov. 29, 2020.

Miles Bridges had a team-high 23 points off the bench against the Pacers. He is in line to start at small forward in the absence of Hayward.

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–Field Level Media