Elfrid Payton To Have Surgery On Broken Pinky

Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton will have surgery next week after breaking his left pinky finger in Friday night’s game, tweets Scott Kushner of The Advocate. A timetable for his return won’t be set until after the operation, adds Will Guillory of The Athletic (Twitter link).

New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry confirmed the planned procedure today in a pre-game meeting with reporters.

Payton suffered the injury in the first quarter of his first game back in the lineup after returning from a sprained right ankle that sidelined him for nine games. He was diagnosed with a fractured finger and didn’t return.

Signed as a free agent over the summer, Payton has been limited to six games with the Pelicans, but has been productive when he has been on the court. Even with Friday’s brief action, he is averaging 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per night.

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4 thoughts on “Elfrid Payton To Have Surgery On Broken Pinky

  1. SilvioDante

    I’m sure the Bulls would be willing to help out by sending Cameron Payne to the Big Easy!

    • How would be helpful to send Payne??? Payton sidelined is still better than Payne on the court!!!

  2. DynamiteAdams

    If he learned a more reliable jumper and made less turnovers he can easily be a starter but he’s so darn inconsistent

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