Kendrick Perkins is dealing with a right pectoral injury and reportedly could miss three months.
Perkins had been playing a surprisingly big role with New Orleans, who have endured injury upon injury to start the season.
The snake-bitten Pelicans are still looking for their first win this season.
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New Orleans Pelicans center Kendrick Perkins is expected to miss three months rehabilitating a right pectoral injury, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
New Orleans didn’t expect Perkins, 30, to play a major role on the floor this season, but an injury to starting center Omer Asik made it necessary to move Perkins into the starting lineup. His presence had been considered important to the Pelicans’ coaching staff, which considered him a needed veteran voice in the locker room.