Hornets’ Batum: Elbow pain impacting play

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

Charlotte Hornets swingman Nic Batum said he is continuing to experience elbow pain and “can’t be myself.”

Batum was speaking exclusively to the Charlotte Observer following the Hornets’ 110-99 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

“Since I got back three weeks ago, it’s really, really bothered my game. It’s really bothered me,” Batum told the Observer. “It’s (affected) my performance. I can’t be myself.”

Batum and the Hornets have struggled to a 9-16 start, including a rotten 1-10 on the road.

Batum tore a ligament in his left elbow in early October and missed six weeks. He bypassed surgery for in-season treatment.

“I can’t really do what I want, what I need, to help this team win because my elbow is really bothering me,” he told the Observer.

He is averaging 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists, but shooting just 37 percent from the floor. That includes 22 percent on 3-pointers.

“I know I can do more to help this team, but it really is affecting my performance every night,” Batum said. “I can practice, I can go through treatment every day, but (in-game) contact is different.”

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