The New Orleans Pelicans franchise continues to be hampered by offseason injuries, and another regular season threatens to begin with a decimated roster.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Frank Jackson has a broken right foot and is scheduled to undergo surgery this Friday.
Sources: New Orleans rookie guard Frank Jackson broke his right foot and will undergo surgery Friday. He had procedure on foot in May, too.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2017
This is the second time within the past year that Jackson’s right foot has been a source of significant consternation. While at Duke University, Jackson was diagnosed with a stress reaction in November, but he waited until after his freshman season had concluded to have a medical procedure done in May.
With five other guards on the roster, Jackson wasn’t expected to crack the New Orleans rotation, but the prevailing thought was he could gain valuable development in the G-League. Obviously, that idea is now on hold.
Not even a week ago, the Pelicans lost Solomon Hill to a torn hamstring, which is expected to keep him sidelined for at least 6-8 months, and then today, the team traded Quincy Pondexter to the Chicago Bulls.
If you’re keeping track at home, the Pelicans are down to 11 healthy players and that includes Omer Asik, who is likely still dealing with a bacterial infection. He was removed from consideration for the Turkish national team back in July for the same illness.