Solomon Hill had surgery on torn hamstring, expected miss most of upcoming season

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The injury bug continues to bite the New Orleans Pelicans, even during the offseason. This time, it’s Solomon Hill who has suffered a significant injury.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported that Hill has had surgery on a torn hamstring that will cost the starting forward significant playing time in 2017-18. The Pelicans confirmed that report later Sunday in the following release:

New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill has been diagnosed with a proximal hamstring tear in his left leg, it was determined following examination by Dr. Michael Gerhardt and consultation with Pelicans Director of Medical Services/Head Team Physician Dr. Misty Suri. The injury occurred while Hill was participating in a basketball workout in Los Angeles, CA.

Hill underwent successful surgery by Dr. Gerhardt in Santa Monica, CA and is expected to make a full recovery. An injury of this nature takes approximately 6-8 months to heal. A timetable for his return will be determined at a later date.

Hill signed a 4-year, $48 million deal with the Pelicans last offseason after spending three seasons with the Indiana Pacers. In his first season with New Orleans, the 6-foot-7 Hill averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 80 games (71 starts).

The Pelicans were already thin at the small forward position. Without financial wiggle room with a team operating over the salary cap, New Orleans GM Dell Demps will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for Hill.

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