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Pelicans' Darius Miller undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles

By Connor Grott

Aug. 29 (UPI) -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon, the team announced Thursday.

Miller underwent successful surgery earlier in the day to repair the tendon, the Pelicans said in a statement. Dr. Martin O'Malley performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

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The former Kentucky Wildcats star is expected to miss seven to eight months following the operation, according to ESPN. He suffered the injury while playing in a 3-on-3 pickup game.

Miller is scheduled to start his rehab process next week and can begin to practice in five to six months, according to ESPN.

The then-New Orleans Hornets selected Miller in the second round (No. 46 overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft. He spent two-plus seasons with the franchise before playing for the then-Iowa Energy of the NBA G League and overseas in Germany.

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Miller returned to the Pelicans for a second stint in July 2017. He averaged a career-high 8.2 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game across 69 contests last season.

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