Josh Hart has surgery for right thumb tear
Josh Hart (right), a restricted free agent in 2021, has proven himself to be a valuable bench cog on a scrappy New Orleans squad with aspirations of a play-in berth.  Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Pelicans reserve swingman Josh Hart has had surgery to address a torn UCL in his right thumb, the team has announced via a press release. His thumb will be re-assessed by the club in three weeks.

The operation was conducted by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Hart, a restricted free agent in 2021, has proven himself to be a valuable bench cog on a scrappy New Orleans squad with aspirations of a play-in berth. He is averaging 9.2 PPG, a robust 8.0 RPG, and 2.3 APG in 47 contests for the Pelicans, across 28.7 MPG. He holds a slash line of .439/.326/.775 this season.

The Pelicans’ backcourt is loaded with injuries at the moment. A hip injury kept Lonzo Ball sidelined for seven games until April 4, and guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker will miss at least two weeks of game action with an ankle sprain. New Orleans added guard Isaiah Thomas via a 10-day contract to help address these absences with offensive firepower.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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