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Charlotte’s Nicholas Batum out 3-4 weeks with broken finger

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 23: Nicolas Batum #5 of the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on October 23, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Nicholas Batum is more than a $25.5 million contract the Hornets would like to dump — although he is that, too — he is a veteran NBA player the Hornets are bringing off the bench this season.

Just not for the next month or so.

Reports came out during the Hornets’ win over Chicago that Batum had broken his finger, and on Thursday Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports confirmed that.

Batum played 11 minutes against Chicago, didn’t take one shot but did grab four rebounds. Batum is coming off the bench, despite the massive payday, because Charlotte is rebuilding and going with a youth movement. With Batum out, expect for more minutes for Malik Monk and P.J. Washington.

Charlotte has looked to trade Batum for the past year, trying to attach his contract to other players or picks teas wanted, but to no avail. The challenge is not just the $25.5 million for this season, but the $27.1 million Batum will make next season (a player option, but there is little doubt he picks that up).