Hill is heading into his second season in New Orleans after averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last year.
The small forward has proved to be a valuable commodity thanks to his defensive ability, which led to his playing 80 games last season and starting 71. He ranked third on the team with 2.3 defensive win shares, per Basketball Reference.
He has also improved as a three-point shooter, with his 34.8 percent mark last season registering as a new career high. The 26-year-old appeared likely to once again have a big role next season, which is why the injury could prove to be damaging for the Pelicans.
Mike Pellissier of Bourbon Street Shots described the impact:
Mike Pellissier @MikePellissier
Solomon Hill is a flawed player but the Pels are super shallow at a must-have NBA position. This hurts.2017-8-27 16:59:41
Jordan Crawford and E'Twaun Moore could see more playing time on the wing with Hill unavailable, but New Orleans could also look outside the roster for help at the position.