The Charlotte Hornets need all the help they can get and a veteran All-Star could improve their chances.

This is about Gordon Hayward who has been out since February. He rolled his ankle in the Hornet game against the Toronto Raptors and it appears the 31-year-old is progressing well, the Charlotte Observer reported.

However and given that Hayward has been struggling with injuries, questions are up in the air on how he can factor in and help the Hornets who are currently at the 9th spot of the Eastern Conference.

But being the competitor that he is, Hayward is defiant and upbeat that he can help the Hornets once he is cleared to play.

“It’s tough sitting here watching, especially with the way last year ended, too, being injured and having to kind of watch us down the stretch. So I’m doing everything I can to get back and help us in any way possible,” Hayward said.

As things stand now, Hayward is undergoing a process to restart his basketball career. The only way to show his efficiency is if he gets back on the floor to determine if he can be of help to the cause of the Hornets.

No less than Hornets coach James Borrego feels that this is the way to go.

“We need to see him in live play, evaluate him in live play and just see where he’s at,” Borrego said. “That’ll be the final test. We’re not there yet, but we are getting close.”

Despite his spate of injuries, there is no question that Hayward is a veteran and can bring in the experience that Charlotte needs. But that can only be realized once the 9th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft is back on the floor.

“We’ve obviously missed him. As soon as he can come back, we welcome him and he’s going to add versatility, I.Q. to our lineup. So, look forward to getting him back here soon,” Borrego quipped.

Gordon Hayward #20 of the Charlotte Hornets
Gordon Hayward #20 of the Charlotte Hornets Getty Images | Tim Nwachukwu

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