UPDATE: Casspi will reportedly be waived by the Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that new acquisition, Omri Casspi, broke his thumb during Thursday’s game against the Houston Rockets. The power forward suffered the injury when he attempted to steal the ball from Houston’s Eric Gordon.
According to Dr.Selene Parekh, Casspi will likely be sidelined for four to six weeks. However, if the injury shifted or is involved with a joint, the injury would require surgery.
The injury comes at a disadvantageous time for Casspi who was playing in his first game with the team after being traded by the Sacramento Kings earlier this week. Casspi had fallen out of the rotation in Sacramento prior to being traded.
Casspi had more points than any Pelican not named Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. In the 24 minutes he played in the game prior to the injury he had 12 points on 5/9 shooting from the field and connecting on two three-point field goals. His quick adjustment to the Pelican’s offense was proving to be a valuable asset in helping DeMarcus Cousin’s get comfortable in his new team’s offense.
Solomon Hill, who started at small forward on Thursday, will likely see more time on the floor. Hill scored 23 points against the Grizzlies last Wednesday prior to the All Star Break. He will be worth a look in 12-team leagues with Casspi on the shelf, but it is worth noting that he has shown to have an inconsistent role within the Pelican’s offense even when given heavier minutes. He is also shooting a career worst .394 percent from the field this season.
Coincidentally, the Pelicans signed Hollis Thompson to a 10-day contract prior to yesterday’s game. Thompson has spent most of the season playing for the Austin Spurs of the NBA D-League where he has averaged 17 points per game and is shooting 50 percent from the field. After playing just five minutes in his debut with New Orleans on Thursday, his minutes are expected to increase. New Orleans currently lacks depth at the wing position. Thompson, who is shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc in the D-League, can provide a spark for the team from beyond the arc.
The Pelican’s could also explore free agent or D-League options to improve their depth at the wing position. Thompson is the most capable scorer among the two players but it is best to take a wait-and-see approach.