Hernangomez agreed to a contract Sunday with the Pelicans on a one-year deal for the league minimum, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Hernangomez boasts career averages of 17.3 points and 13.5 rebounds per 36 minutes, but his shortcomings on the defensive end have prevented him from receiving anywhere close to that level of playing time through his first four years in the NBA. Assuming he's able to make the Pelicans' opening-night roster, Hernangomez will likely slot in as the third-string center behind Steven Adams and Jaxson Hayes.
Hernangomez could be dropped from the center rotation beginning Monday against the Hawks, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports. Cody Zeller will remain the starter Monday, and coach James Borrego indicated that he intends to use Bismack Biyombo as the primary backup. Given that Borrego has only used two of the three centers over the past two weeks, it looks as though it could be Hernangomez's turn to drop from the regular rotation. He's backed up both Biyombo and, more recently, Zeller over the last six games, averaging 18.7 minutes in that span.
Hernangomez had 10 points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals in Sunday's loss to the Bucks. Coming off the bench behind Bismack Biyombo, Hernangomez saw 20 minutes of action and had one of his better all-around games of the season. Sunday marked the first time since Feb. 4 that he scored in double-figures and the first time since Jan. 28 that he grabbed double-digit boards.
Hernangomez supplied 10 points (3-7 FG, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes Tuesday in the Hornets' 125-110 loss to the Rockets. Starting center Cody Zeller played just 13 minutes while battling some early foul trouble, but his limitations didn't open up much extra run for Hernangomez, as the Hornets leaned more heavily than usual on small-ball lineups to match up better with Houston. Hernangomez at least provided serviceable numbers during his time on the floor and has seemingly firmly established himself ahead of Bismack Biyombo as the Hornets' No. 2 center. Hernangomez is averaging 10.4 points, 6.0 boards and 1.6 assists in 19.0 minutes over the last five games.
Hernangomez scored 12 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and added 10 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 97-92 win over the Knicks. Hernangomez has now played in five-straight games, his longest stretch of the season. The 19 minutes he saw were just one shy of the season-high he set on Oct. 25. His first double-double of the year could continue to earn him more playing time.
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