Bryce Dejean-Jones will miss the rest of the season for the Pelicans after surgery this morning on his broken right wrist, the team announced. Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reported Thursday that the former 10-day signee who’d ascended to the starting lineup would likely miss six to eight weeks, a timetable that put his return in serious jeopardy. The team re-signed him just last week to a three-year deal that includes a partial guarantee for next season.
Dejean-Jones started in 11 of the 14 appearances he made with the Pelicans after signing the first of two-day contracts January 21st. The 23-year-old shooting guard who went undrafted this past spring out of Iowa State averaged 5.6 points in 19.9 minutes per game and shot 12 for 32 from 3-point range.
Tyreke Evans and Quincy Pondexter have also suffered season-ending injuries, while Omer Asik is out for up to two weeks, as John Reid of The Times Picayune tweeted on Tuesday. The Pelicans already have a disabled player exception worth $1,691,012 for Pondexter, and while an another such exception isn’t a possibility, the Pelicans would qualify for a 16th roster spot via hardship if doctors determine Asik is likely to be out any longer, or if another long-term injury surfaces. Coach Alvin Gentry said Eric Gordon will return from his injury Saturday, as The Associated Press notes.