As initially reported by Yahoo’s Shams Charania, New Orleans Pelicans swingman Quincy Pondexter’s 2015-16 is over due to knee surgery. Pondexter had not yet appeared in a game this season for the Pelicans.
The announcement continues a bitter string of injuries for the Pelicans this season. In addition to not receiving any contribution from Pondexter this season, the Pelicans have not had full health from Jrue Holiday (six games missed; minutes restrictions), Omer Asik (seven games missed), Norris Cole (17 games missed), and Tyreke Evans (18 games missed). After making the playoffs last season with a 45-37 record, the Pelicans have slumped to a 11-25 record so far this season.
The Pelicans acquired Pondexter from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-way trade last season, a transaction that also saw Jeff Green and Tayshaun Prince changing teams. The Pelicans — then known as the New Orleans Hornets — initially acquired Pondexter on draft night in 2010, and then traded him to the Grizzlies in December of 2011 in exchange for Greivis Vasquez. Pondexter is owed a combined $10.8 million between this season and the 2017-18 season, after which he becomes a free agent.