Hornets’ Batum could return Wednesday vs. Cavs

Nic Batum of Charlotte could be part of a trade with the Cavaliers, according to an insider.

Charlotte Hornets small forward Nicolas Batum is recovering from a torn UCL in his left elbow which he suffered during the preseason and is on track to rejoin the lineup Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Batum participated in a five-on-five scrimmage Sunday, and barring a setback, the versatile swingman should make his season debut at home versus LeBron James and the Cavs.

The 28-year-old averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season while shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

Batum’s teammates are thrilled to have him back on the floor.

“There were a lot of smiles out there, to see him back in a uniform,” forward Marvin Williams told the Charlotte Observer. “I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today. There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball. He kind of whispered to me on the way back (up the court), ‘Have your antenna out.’”

The Hornets enter today with a record of 5-7, 12th place in the Eastern Conference.