New Orleans Pelicans Player News: Centers

News: Okafor (ankle) is considered doubtful for Tuesday's game versus Portland.
Impact: Tuesday will likely mark a fourth straight absence for the former Duke center, as Okafor continues to battle a left ankle sprain. With Derrick Favors (back) out once again, rookie Jaxson Hayes is in-line to make another spot-start against Portland.
News: Hayes had 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's 108-100 win over the Warriors.
Impact: Hayes thrived in his first career start, where he logged career-high marks in minutes, rebounds, blocks and free throws made. Considering Derrick Favors and Jahill Okafor remain sidelined, Hayes should continue seeing healthy minutes ahead of Tuesday's matchup at home against Portland.
News: Hayes will start Sunday's game against Golden State.
Impact: It will be the first career start for Hayes, who's virtually the Pels' only option at center with both Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor sidelined. As a result, expect Hayes to see a heavy workload. He'll have a great chance to eclipse the 23 minutes he played in Saturday's loss to the Heat. In that game, Hayes had 12 points, three rebounds and two blocks.
News: Okafor (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: With Okafor out and Derrick Favors (back) listed as doubtful, the Pelicans will likely be down to rookies Jaxson Hayes and Nicolo Melli as their lone healthy options at center in the second half of the back-to-back set. If Hayes impresses Sunday, he could end up overtaking Okafor as the team's No. 2 center when the veteran is healthy again.
News: Hayes played 23 minutes off the bench and compiled 12 points (6-6 FG), three rebounds, two blocks and one steal Saturday in the Pelicans' 109-94 loss to the Heat.
Impact: The rookie first-round pick has typically served as the Pelicans' third-string center, but he took on his second-highest minutes load of the season Saturday with Jahlil Okafor (ankle) ruled out ahead of the contest and starter Derrick Favors (back) exiting in the first half. It's unclear if either of the banged-up big men will be available for Sunday's game against Golden State, so Hayes could be looking at even larger share of playing time in the second half of the back-to-back set.
News: Okafor (ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Miami.
Impact: Okafor will miss a second-straight game due to a left ankle sprain. It's unclear how severe the injury is but Okafor has a chance to return as early as Sunday against Golden State. In his absence, look for Jaxon Hayes to see an increase in run.
News: Okafor (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game in Miami.
Impact: Okafor was absent for two of the last three games, first due to a coach's decision and then due to an ankle sprain. Jaxson Hayes could see an increased role as the backup center behind Derrick Favors should Okafor miss another contest.
News: Okafor (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Clippers, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Okafor sprained his ankle earlier in the week and will miss at least one game as a result. Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes should see the majority of minutes at center in his absence.
News: Hayes (ribs) is not listed on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Hayes exited Monday's game against the Rockets in the first half with a rib injury and ultimately didn't return, though the issue won't impact his availability for Thursday's clash. Prior to his abbreviated appearance Monday, Hayes posted averages of 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.8 minutes across the first four games of the month.
News: Okafor has a left ankle sprain and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Okafor had 14 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes during Monday's loss to the Rockets, but he didn't come out of the contest at 100 percent. The Pelicans can ill afford another absence as they will already be without Lonzo Ball (shoulder) and Josh Hart (knee/ankle), while Brandon Ingram (knee) is a game-time decision.
News: Okafor had 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes during Monday's 122-116 loss against the Rockets.
Impact: Okafor was coming off a DNP designation Saturday against the Hornets following 10 points and seven rebounds combined in his previous two contests, but bounced back with a strong showing in limited playing time despite the loss. Okafor should continue coming off the bench ahead of Thursday's home matchup against the Clippers.
News: Hayes is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Rockets due to a rib injury, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans reports.
Impact: According to Hale, Hayes was hit in the ribs during the first half and was spotted receiving treatment on the bench shortly after. Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli could see a slight uptick in minutes if Hayes is unable to return.
News: Okafor (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Okafor was expected to come off the bench in this one with Derrick Favors moving into the starting lineup. However, rookie center Jaxson Hayes earned 18 minutes, Nicolo Melli saw five and Favors played 29 while Okafor remained glued to the bench. It's unclear whether this trend will continue going forward, but fantasy owners in daily leagues may want to consider other options for Monday's matchup versus the Rockets.
News: Okafor will come off the bench Saturday against the Hornets, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: With Favors' recently working back from a knee injury, Okafor has started the past five games. However, coach Alvin Gentry is starting Favors on Saturday, pushing Okafor back to the bench. In his three games off the bench this season, Okafor is averaging 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes.
News: Okafor collected 15 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 29 minutes during Saturday's 115-104 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Okafor filled up the stat sheet for the second straight contest, though he did finish with five turnovers and five fouls as well. Derrick Favors (knee) has missed three straight games, and while Okafor struggled in Monday's matchup versus the Warriors, he has stepped up in these last two tilts. It remains to be seen whether Favors will be ready to return for Monday's bout against the Nets, but if not Okafor may once again be a solid option in daily leagues.
News: Okafor ended with 26 points (8-13 FG, 10-13 FT), five rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 34 minutes during Thursday's 122-107 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Okafor remained in the starting lineup with Derrick Favors (knee) still sidelined with an injury. Okafor looked great in the Pelicans uptempo offense, although, it should be noted the Nuggets defense was far from solid. The Pelicans haven't released a lot of information regarding Favors' injury making Okafor a risky add in most leagues. With that being said, if Favors misses further time, Okafor is worth considering as a streaming option.
News: Hayes collected 19 points (9-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes during Monday's 134-123 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Hayes was superb in his NBA debut, filling in admirably with Derrick Favors (knee) and Zion Williamson (knee) sidelined. Fellow big men Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli saw 12 minutes apiece, and it'll be worth keeping an eye on Hayes going forward to see if he can carve out a spot in coach Alvin Gentry's regular rotation.
News: Okafor is starting Monday's contest versus Golden State, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: With Derrick Favors ruled out with right knee soreness, Okafor will step into the starting lineup and will likely take on a larger role than usual Monday. Rookie Jaxson Hayes will fill in as backup to Okafor at the center position against the Warriors.
News: Okafor amassed 13 points (4-8 FG, 5-10 FT), nine rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes during Friday's 117-116 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Okafor started at center while Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes received the night off for rest. Favors is the unquestioned starting center, and Hayes and Nicolo Melli will see some time there as well. Still, Okafor could be among those that see a small boost in value during the early season absence of Zion Williamson (knee).
News: Okafor is starting Friday's preseason game against the Knicks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Derrick Favors was initially in the starting lineup at center, but the team elected to make a last-minute change, giving Okafor the opportunity to run with the first team.
News: Okafor (knee) will be available for Friday's preseason game against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Okafor was added to the injury report Thursday due to a bruised right knee, but it looks like it wasn't anything too serious. Okafor played 18 minutes in his last time out against Chicago, and he'll have his workload limited again Friday, per Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
News: Okafor is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Jazz with a right knee contusion.
Impact: Okafor's status should clear up closer to tip-off. The big man played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday, finishing with 13 points (5-5 FG) and three rebounds.
News: Hayes (undisclosed) is no longer listed on the team's injury report heading into Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.
Impact: Hayes had been battling an undisclosed injury early in the preseason, but he appears to have been cleared prior to Monday's exhibition. He figures to see time at center along with Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor
News: Hayes might be held out of Saturday's open practice for precautionary reasons, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: It's not exactly clear what Hayes is dealing with, but it's apparently minor. His status is seemingly not in jeopardy for Monday's preseason action against the Hawks.