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Rumor Central: Good news for Nicolas Batum's elbow?

Nicolas Batum has been given a timeline of six to eight weeks for his elbow to fully heal. Lynne Sladky/AP

The Charlotte Hornets appear to have received some encouraging news regarding the status of Nicolas Batum following his visit to a specialist in Dallas. According to The Charlotte Observer, Batum will not need an operation to repair the torn ligament in his left elbow.

Rumor CentralBatum suffered the injury last week in a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons, and he traveled to Dallas on Monday to receive a second opinion. Batum has been given a timeline of six to eight weeks for the elbow to fully heal.

With Batum sidelined, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford has moved Jeremy Lamb into the starting shooting guard position.

-- Nick Silva