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Pelicans lose Bryce Dejean-Jones to broken right wrist

NEW ORLEANS -- Six days after signing a three-year agreement to remain with the New Orleans Pelicans, Bryce Dejean-Jones joined the team's ever-growing injury list.

The Pelicans announced Thursday that the undrafted rookie will have surgery Friday to repair a broken right wrist. The team did not release a timetable for his recovery.

Dejean-Jones, who went through two 10-day periods before landing the first full-time NBA contract of his young career last week, initially suffered the injury in a hard fall while going for a block in a Feb. 19 game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He started two more games thereafter but wore a wrap around his shooting hand and wrist.

“I was really just playing, I didn’t think about it until afterward,” he said. “I was doing whatever I can to help the team win. It was an unfortunate situation.”

Dejean-Jones becomes the fifth player on the inactive list for the Pelicans. Tyreke Evans (right knee surgery) and Quincy Pondexter (left knee surgery) are out for the rest of the season. Eric Gordon had surgery on Jan. 20 to fix a broken ring finger on his right (shooting) hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks. And Omer Asik suffered a sprained right ankle Sunday in Detroit that could keep him out two weeks, according to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry.

Because of the team’s injury woes, Dejean-Jones was thrust into the starting lineup during his 10-day periods. He started 11 of his 14 games this season, averaging 5.6 points (37.5 percent from 3), 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.9 minutes a game.

Alonzo Gee will start at 2-guard in Dejean-Jones’ place against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. The Pelicans currently have 10 healthy bodies on their active roster.