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Pelicans’ Solomon Hill had a meeting with Alvin Gentry about losing rotation spot

Solomon Hill, Alvin Gentry

New Orleans Pelicans small forward Solomon Hill met with head coach Alvin Gentry recently about losing his spot in the rotation, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate.

Hill hasn’t played in the last nine games after appearing in the first eight. The 27-year-old is averaging 2.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and shooting 27.6 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pelicans acquired swingman Wesley Johnson in the offseason from the Los Angeles Clippers. The high-flyer has replaced Solomon Hill in the rotation.

After sitting for several games, Hill said he approached Gentry for a meeting, and the two discussed his production shortfalls and his contribution to the team.

“I just want to be a professional and I want to help this team win,” Hill said. “If that means I’m not on the court, then that’s what it is. I want to help everyone who is helping us win games. That’s the most important thing.

“I’m healthy enough to play/ I’m physically fine. I just can’t control those decisions, so I try not to worry about them. I’m a player. I’m not the coach. It’s their decision, but I’m just trying to do what I can to keep myself ready and help these guys in the locker room, from the bench and in practice, and be what the team needs me to be.”

Solomon Hill is making $12.25 million this season. He signed a four-year, $48 million deal with the Pelicans in the summer of 2016.