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Hornets’ Michael Carter-Williams could miss start of season after knee surgery

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 27: Michael Carter-Williams #7 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball during a game against the Boston Celtics at the United Center on October 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. 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 Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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The Hornets plugged their hole at backup point guard with Michael Carter-Williams, who’s just three years removed from winning Rookie of the Year but whose uneven play has him on his third team in three years. He isn’t the safest answer behind Kemba Walker, but Carter-Williams was a reasonable choice for a team trying to stay under the luxury tax.

Unfortunately for Charlotte, the patched hole is already leaking.

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer

If Carter-Williams can’t play, that puts a lot on the shoulders of Julyan Stone, a fringe NBA player. At least Stone’s size (6-foot-6) will help him mesh with rookie Malik Monk, a small scoring combo guard, in the backcourt.

The Hornets were dreadful when Walker sat last season, getting outscored by 7.0 points per 100 possessions. If they can improve that mark just moderately, it’d go a long way toward returning to the playoffs. This isn’t the most encouraging development.