Hornets’ Batum to see elbow specialist

Hornets forward Nicolas Batum suffered a torn UCL during the preseason.

Charlotte Hornets swingman Nic Batum will see a specialist for his injured elbow, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer.

Batum suffered the injury in a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons earlier this week. Initial reports have him out a minimum of six weeks.

Batum will fly to Dallas to visit the specialist, per the report.

“It’s going to be long, but not that long,” Batum told the Observer. “If it were my shooting arm, it would be a lot longer. At max, it’s three months.”

Batum is right-handed and the injury is to his left arm.

“When I put my arms up, I feel something,” Batum said. “If this were my shooting arm, it would be like a tragedy. It’s not and that’s good.”

Batum, 28, averaged 15.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 77 games with the Hornets last season.