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Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday out 6 weeks after undergoing season-ending surgery

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New Orleans Pelicans hybrid guard Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, the team announced. Holiday is expected to return to action in approximately six weeks, therefore sidelining him for the rest of the season.

According to Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes, this injury used to be popularly known as a “sports hernia.” Dr. William Meyers, who performed the operation in Philadelphia, was the main man behind the change in terminology to accurately describe the extent of the injury.

Luckily for Holiday, success rate for this procedure is rather high, likely allowing him to get back to his healthy self for next season.

The Pelicans have run with the backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Frank Jackson during Holiday’s extended absence in what could be considered his best NBA season to date. The UCLA product hasn’t seen the court since March 6, averaging 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game for the season.

Despite missing the remainder of the season with this injury, Jrue Holiday will meet the bonus criteria for averaging at least 7.3 assists and appearing in 67 games, after missing out on the criteria last season. Holiday will earn an extra $255,000, having already met the bonus requisites for games played, minutes, rebounds and now assists, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks.

Holiday can also earn an additional $100,000 if he is named to the All-Defensive first or second teams. His current cap hit for 2019-20 is now $26,231,111.