Toronto Raptors' Dominic McGuire slam dunks against New York Knicks in the first half of their pre-season NBA basketball game in Montreal

Hornets to bring in forward Dominic McGuire

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The New Orleans Hornets, who want to add some depth at forward with Jason Smith out for a while, have found their man.

The Hornets have signed Dominic McGuire, reports the Times-Picayune.

McGuire has played five NBA seasons, bouncing between the Wizards, Kings, Bobcats, Warriors and most recently Raptors where he started nine games this season before being let go.

Last season he showed some promise as a solid defensive player off the bench in Golden State, playing a little more at the four spot with the Warriors going small (he’s really a three). In Toronto this year he was more of a three and he struggled defensively. We’re talking about what he brings on defense because he brings almost no offense to the table (he averaged 2.1 points per game in Toronto). But for the Hornets, a team without depth, maybe he can be a guy who can play solid minutes to fit in a shrinking rotation. Maybe Monty Williams can put him in spots to defend and have some success off the bench, but he’s not going to give the Hornets much else.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist taken to hospital after shoulder injury

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.

Derrick Rose expected to rejoin Bulls on Wednesday

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CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.

“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”

Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.

“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”

The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.

Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.