Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could return to action as early as Jan. 14 according to hangtime.blogs.nba.com. MKG was expected to be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand while in Dallas.
He was initially in a cast, has advanced to wearing a splint and is able to do a lot of running and other cardio work. But Kidd-Gilchrist has not been cleared to catch a ball yet, let alone for contact in practice.
MKG on being sidelined with the injury:
“I miss the game of basketball,” he said, admitting there were times he took it for granted. “I miss it a lot.”