During the Pelicans and Hawks contest on Friday evening, Adrian Wojnarowski alerted the NBA landscape that Kendrick Perkins is likely to miss around the next 3 months while rehabilitating his right pectoral injury. Perkins was injured on Halloween night in the opening minutes against the Golden State Warriors. He had attempted to prevent Festus Ezeli from having an easy lay-in on THIS PLAY.
In the grand scheme of things, the loss of Perkins should not be detrimental to the team, but it will add to the frustration of the fans and players. After returning from a calf injury in the same game, Omer Asik has missed the last two Pelican matchups against the Magic and Hawks. It would appear he suffered either a setback during the game against the Warriors or that perhaps he had returned too soon from injury. For the time being, the Pelicans will be forced to rely on Alexis Ajinca and Anthony Davis at the center position.
If Quincy Pondexter does not return by mid-November, the Pelicans could be granted a hardship exemption. Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole are not close to returning so once Perkins time on the sidelines hits the two-week mark, Dell Demps may be allowed to add an additional player to the roster.