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Pelicans news: Solomon Hill expected to miss 6-8 months with torn hamstring

The New Orleans Pelicans have suffered a significant injury blow as starting small forward Solomon Hill could miss most of the season due to a torn hamstring, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Hill has undergone surgery to repair the torn hamstring and is expected to miss six to eight months.

Hill averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 80 games (71 starts) during his first season for the Pelicans last year after signing a four-year, $48 million contract.

The Pelicans were already shallow on reliable wings prior to Hill’s injury, and they will be even more hard-pressed to make a significant playoff run without him.

Darius Miller, who was signed this offseason from Europe, could now be in line to start at small forward alongside Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Jrue Holiday, and Rajon Rondo in place of Hill.

E’Twaun Moore, who is nominally a shooting guard, could also be a candidate to be inserted into the starting five for added shooting. Moore averaged 9.6 points in 25.0 minutes and shot 37 percent from beyond the arc for the Pelicans last season.