New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca will miss four-to-six weeks with a strained right hamstring, the team announced Monday.
Ajinca suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Pelicans’ 110-105 preseason victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. The big man had two points and four rebounds in eight minutes before leaving the game.
Ajinca, 27, had the most productive season of his NBA career in 2014-15, averaging 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game. He shot 55 percent from the field and posted a PER over 20 in 68 regular-season games.
Ajinca didn’t see much court time in the postseason, but his strong regular season helped land him a four-year, $20 million deal from the Pelicans this summer to be the primary backup to Omer Asik.
With Ajinca out for the time being, that means we’ll likely see more of Anthony Davis at the 5 spot and a bit more of Ryan Anderson.