Sources: LaMelo expected to return vs. Heat

by Gordon Dixon - Hornets star guard LeMalo Ball is expected to warm up with the intention of making his regular season debut on Saturday night after missing the first month of the season due to an ankle sprain.

Sources: Hornets' LaMelo Ball expected to return vs. Heat 4:42 PM ET ESPN Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is expected to warm up with the intention of making his regular season debut vs. the Miami Heat on Saturday night, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski Ball has missed the Hornets' first 13 games this season with a left ankle sprain he suffered in a preseason game back on Oct. 10. He was upgraded to "questionable" this morning. Editor's Picks Ball won Rookie of the Year in his debut season and was named an All-Star in his sophomore campaign, when he averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 assists and 6.7 rebounds. The Hornets have struggled in his absence, having dropped seven games in a row heading into Saturday's tilt with the Heat. His expected return comes after the Hornets lost swingman Caleb Martin for at least four weeks due to arthroscopic knee surgery. Gordon Hayward has also been out with a shoulder injury.