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Rumor Central: Nicolas Batum to return soon?

Hornets guard Nicolas Batum could be less than two weeks away from playing as he recovers from the torn ligament in his left elbow. Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports

On Oct. 5, Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum was given a six to eight-week timeline to rejoin the active roster, after it was determined that he had a torn ligament in his left elbow. Batum's recovery is going well and he might be cleared to play soon.

Rumor Central"I'm going to start doing contact one-on-one or 2-on-2 [this week], then maybe 5-on-5 next week," Batum told The Charlotte Observer.

Until Batum is ready to make his 2017-18 regular-season debut, head coach Steve Clifford will continue to use Jeremy Lamb as the starting shooting guard.

"I took my time. Trust me, the last thing I want is to be hurting it again," Batum said. "I'm being totally careful. I won't do anything crazy."

Batum, in the second season of his five-year contract, is still owed $99.1 million through 2020-21.

-- Nick Silva