CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 28 (AP) -- George Lynch
, sent from Philadelphia to Charlotte in the Derrick Coleman trade, will have foot surgery Thursday and will be sidelined 2-to-3 months.
Lynch hurt his left foot in May in the playoffs and was operated on during the offseason. He has missed the entire preseason and doctors recommended more surgery for the forward when they examined him following the trade.
"We didn't know the extent of the injury, so it was hard to tell when he was going to be able to play," coach Paul Silas said. "Whenever he can play, he'll be a welcome addition.
"It's not quite the same as losing someone who had already worked his way in. It's just too bad that it happened and he has to go back into surgery.''
Lynch was the key acquisition in the multiplayer trade on Thursday that sent Coleman to Philadelphia. The Hornets got Lynch, Robert Traylor and Jerome Moiso from Philadelphia and Chris Porter from Golden State.
The trade was contingent on all eight players passing their physicals, which the Hornets said Lynch did.