Jason Smith PF/C NO 2 Months

Jason Smith (knee) is out for the rest of the season after his knee surgery.

He had surgery last week on Jan. 29 on his right knee to remove loose bodies, but he's not going to be making it back to the lineup. The Pelicans are a mess at center right now and fantasy owners in most formats shouldn't be paying much attention to guys like Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith had successful surgery on his right knee on Wednesday.

The procedure removed loose bodies from his knee and Smith does not have a timetable to return. He's had a tough season due to multiple injuries and has been out of the lineup since Jan. 18. The Pelicans have been a mess with their frontcourt players next Anthony Davis and most fantasy owners shouldn't be looking to add Jeff Withey, Greg Stiemsma or Alexis Ajinca.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith (knee) is set to have surgery to remove some loose cartilage in his right knee on Wednesday.

"A piece of cartilage kind of chipped off." Smith said. "They said if I tried to [play] through it, it could lock the knee up or tear some other stuff up." Smith is currently out indefinitely and the injuries keep mounting for a depleted Pelicans squad. Smith was averaging 26 minutes per game, and that time will now be dispersed to guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Alexis Ajinca, Jeff Withey and Greg Stiemsma. Aminu is probably the most attractive pickup out of that group.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith suffered cartilage damage to his right knee and he's out indefinitely, the Pelicans announced on Saturday.

An MRI revealed the injury and the hits just keep coming for New Orleans. With Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) already on the shelf, the Pelicans need Anthony Davis to stay healthy while guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Alexis Ajinca and Greg Stiemsma provide some frontcourt support. Ajinca is worth a look in deeper leagues, and Aminu's minutes may increase, but there are no clear-cut winners in this unfortunate scenario.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith played just 19 minutes on Monday, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and one steal.

Smith was lifted in the third quarter after his fourth foul and Monty Williams never went back to him, opting for Alexis Ajinca (seven points, four boards, two blocks) instead in a tight game vs. the Spurs. As long as Smith is starting and not injured, though, he'll be worth a look for owners in need of a big man.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith was back in the starting lineup against the Mavericks on Saturday with 10 points, seven boards and one turnover in 19 minutes before fouling out.

He's been coming off the bench since returning from a shoulder injury on Jan. 7. Smith was putting up nice numbers while the Pelicans were without Anthony Davis, so he should be able to get some minutes in the 20s as the starting center. He's worth a look for owners seeking help in blocks and boards.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith came off the bench in his return to the lineup on Tuesday, scoring eight points with four boards, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes.

He was out of the lineup for the past five games due to a shoulder injury and the Pelicans didn't throw him in the starting lineup right away. There's a good chance Smith will be starting on Wednesday night vs. the Wizards and he was playing some hefty minutes in the early part of December, so he's worth a look in some leagues while Ryan Anderson (neck) is sidelined.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith (shoulder) will be available off the Pelicans' bench on Tuesday, though he'll be playing with a minute-limit.

A backup role with a prescribed minute-allotment won't add up to fantasy success, though his return is great news for the Pelicans as they adjust to playing without Ryan Anderson (herniated disc), at least for a while.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith (shoulder) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Heat.

With Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) out indefinitely, Smith's return is perfect timing. He'll be battling Alexis Ajinca for minutes next to Anthony Davis, a competition that figures to result in some kind of timeshare. Smith is averaging 10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while playing 27.7 minutes per night on the season. He can sustain that.

Jason Smith PF/C NO 3 Months

Jason Smith (shoulder) is out for Friday's game against the Celtics.