Noah Vonleh will be out 6-8 weeks after undergoing successful surgery to repair a sports hernia today, according to a Hornets press release. The former Indiana Hoosier suffered the injury during a recent workout.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, Vonleh will likely miss the beginning of training camp as a result of the surgery, but it was a necessary procedure for a rather common injury among professional athletes. While he should be available by the start of the NBA season, it is unclear how this will affect Vonleh's spot in the Hornets' rotations. NBA rookies benefit greatly from training camp, and since the Hornets are looking to win now, his minutes might take a hit as he learns the NBA game and Steve Clifford's systems.
The Hornets should be cautious and allow Vonleh all the time he needs to fully recover, as he's just 19 years old. The last thing the Hornets want is to enable a minor injury to become a long-term headache for the young big man.