Pelicans’ Darius Miller undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles
New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller underwent a successful surgery on Thursday morning to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon, according to an official report from the team.
Dr. Martin O’Malley, in consultation with Pelicans Team Orthopedist Dr. Misty Suri of Ochsner Sports Medicine, performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
A timeline for Miller’s return to basketball activities will be made available at a later date.
Miller, now 29 years of age, made 69 appearances (15 starts) with the Pelicans during the 2018-19 regular season, racking up averages of 8.2 points on 39.0 percent shooting from the field (36.5 percent from beyond the arc), 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per outing.
Miller agreed to re-sign with the Pelicans in July, inking a two-year, $14.3 million deal with the team. He was set to compete for minutes with the Pelicans’ other young wings in the coming season, but now he’s likely going to miss the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign:
New Orleans is eligible to apply for a $3.625M Disabled Player Exception (DPE) on Darius Miller. The exception is granted if Miller is deemed by the NBA out until June 15. The forward recently underwent surgery on a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The… https://t.co/sB3Hl14ltf
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 29, 2019
New Orleans finished the 2018-19 season with a disappointing 33-49 overall record, which left the team as the 13th-ranked team in the Western Conference. Hopefully, New Orleans will find its way back into playoff contention after drafting Zion Williamson and acquiring a big haul for Anthony Davis.