Hornets small forward Jeff Taylor has been cleared for full basketball activities and has also been participating in practices with the summer league team, Steve Clifford said during Sunday's summer league broadcast of their game against the Kings.
Clifford also noted that it would be a slow process as he gets back up to a comfortable level with his body and its limits following such a severe injury
Taylor, who suffered a right Achilles tendon rupture against the Pistons in December after slipping on the floor without any contact, had surgery shortly after the injury, ending his season and giving him a recovery time of between 6 to 8 months.
After a strong showing in Summer League with 20 points per game and good play in international play for his home country of Sweden, hopes were high for Taylor. After an inconsistent rookie season, his offseason looked to give him more confidence and hopefully a more dependable jump shot to become a good two-way backup for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, equipped with great athleticism and defensive intensity. However, he shot poorly in the Bobcats' early period of offensive struggles, registering 27 percent shooting from three and 38 percent overall. After Kidd-Gilchrist's hand fracture, he did start for a little while before his own injury, but he didn't have time to flourish with the rest of the team as they made their playoff push.