Ryan Anderson struggling with groin injury, unsure of his return _lowres

Associated Press photo by Jonathan Bachman New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) drives to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5) and center Karl-Anthony Towns on Feb. 27 in New Orleans.

Ryan Anderson wants to come back. He just isn’t sure when.

The forward has missed consecutive games because of a strained groin that has limited his mobility in both directions, but particularly on the left side.

Anderson said an MRI revealed small tears on each side of his groin, but he’s felt significant improvement in his condition over the past few days. Still, he won’t return to the lineup until next week at the earliest.

“After the Portland game (on March 18), it was feeling terribl,e and it was hard for me to even jog on it,” Anderson said. “Doing cuts or movement felt much more than just a normal strain. It was a little weird. … There are still certain cuts and movements where you can feel it.”

Anderson will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll return to the Pelicans next season. Despite that, he isn’t ready to shut it down and join at least five other teammates who have been declared out for the remainder of the season.

“I still think that it’s tough,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “Anything in the groin area right there gets to be a little dicey.”

Frazier’s contract upgraded

Tim Frazier is off of the 10-day contract cycle.

General manager Dell Demps announced that the point guard has been signed for the remainder of the season.

In his five games with the Pelicans, Frazier has averaged 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4 assists while logging 26 minutes per night. He’s become one of New Orleans’ focal points off of the bench, controlling the offense with the ball in his hands.

It’s a significant jump from Frazier’s 35-game stint with the Trail Blazers earlier this year, when he played just 7.8 minutes per night and never settled into a known spot in the rotation.

“It’s been a really good opportunity, and I’m just trying to play as well as I can,” Frazier said earlier in the week. “It’s been fun getting in here and getting a chance to help the team try to win games.”

Toe troubles for Holiday

The smallest toe on Jrue Holiday’s body is causing him the biggest concern.

Holiday missed Thursday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers because of a pinky toe injury and is uncertain if he will play in Saturday’s home game against Toronto.

The problem arose during a loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, and Holiday said he took his shoe off immediately when he left the court because of the discomfort. On Thursday, he tried to wear a larger shoe size (14), but still felt pressure in the appendage and was held out of action.

“It’s my baby toe,” Holiday said. “I’m going to go back home and soak it with the stuff that they gave me and ice it. Then I’m going to soak it in hot to give the contrast. Hopefully by (Saturday) I’ll be good to go.”

It was the first game this season Holiday has missed without it being scheduled in advance. After being sidelined for 90 games during the past two seasons because of a stress reaction in his right leg, this disturbance has been an annoyance to Holiday.

“I know, man, and over my baby toe,” Holiday said. “I hate sitting out. I’ve done it for the last two years and obviously injuries and stuff occur. I guess I’m glad it’s just a toe, and we’ll figure out what happened with it and all of that. It’s nothing structurally or anything with a bone. So, that’s good.”

Hamilton signs

The Pelicans added another body to its weary roster, officially signing swingman Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract Friday.

The former first-round pick of the Dallas Mavericks spent the first part of the season in Russia before being signed out of the NBA Developmental League. He replaces Orlando Johnson on the Pelicans’ roster, whose 10-day contract wasn’t extended.

Hamilton, who played college basketball at Texas, has appeared in 140 NBA games, averaging 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his career.

“There’s a lot of opportunity here because a lot of guys are down,” Hamilton said.

“You never want to see that happen, but at the same time, you just have to come in and realize the NBA is fast, so you just have to pick up on everything.”