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Solomon Hill injury: New Orleans Pelicans forward out 6-8 months with hamstring tear

Hill could miss most, if not all, of the regular season

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Former Arizona Wildcats forward Solomon Hill has a proximal hamstring tear in his left leg and will be out for approximately six to eight months after undergoing surgery, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Sunday.

Hill suffered the injury during a workout in his hometown of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hill, 26, is entering his second season with the Pelicans after signing a four-year, $48 million deal with the team after the 2015-16 season.

Before that, Hill spent his first three seasons with the Indiana Pacers, who selected him in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Hill had a rather disappointing 2016-17 campaign in New Orleans, averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while shooting just 38.3 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from 3.

He did have the third-best defensive box plus/minus on the Pelicans, however, proving his worth as a defender.

Hill was stellar in the 2016 playoffs for Indiana, averaging 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and a blistering 57.9 percent from 3 (11-19), which helped him land that four-year deal with New Orleans.

Hill was a four-year do-it-all player at Arizona, and a two-time member of the All-Pac-12 first team. As a senior, Hill averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest.

He shot 45.8 percent from the field and a career-best 39.0 percent from 3 that season.

Hill, a 2009 recruit, was originally committed to Arizona and Lute Olson, but flipped to USC after Olson’s sudden retirement.

However, Hill — along with Derrick Williams and Lamont ‘MoMo’ Jones — signed with Arizona after USC fired head coach Tim Floyd, becoming part of Sean Miller’s first recruiting class at Arizona.

That class reached the Elite Eight in 2010-11, a NCAA Tournament run that included a 93-77 thrashing of the Duke Blue Devils.


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