LaMelo Ball is expected to miss an extended period of time with a serious sprain in his right ankle.

Tests show Ball avoided fracture in the ankle, which required surgery last season. Ball and the Charlotte Hornets are expected to have a cautious approach with the injury. 

Ball is currently in a walking boot and crutches.

Before the injury, Ball was averaging 24.7 points, 8.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.