According to a Thursday afternoon statement from vice president and general manager Dell Demps, the New Orleans Pelicans will be without veteran guard Tyreke Evans for the foreseeable future. After experiencing tightness in his calf, Evans will be “held out until he is fully healthy” as no timetable for his return has been provided at this time.
However, while Evans will not play in the Pelicans’ next matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers slated for Friday, Demps did make a point to note that he expects his injured guard to return “sooner rather than later.”
Nonetheless, it appears that Evans will be limited even upon eventually returning to the court. According to Pelicans’ head coach Alvin Gentry, the 27-year-old will not play in stretches longer than three minutes at a time when he regains his health.
Evans is notably experiencing the aforementioned tightness in his left calf while it was his right knee that underwent a trio of surgeries last year.
Currently in the midst of his eighth NBA season, the Memphis product has yet to appear in a regular season game for the Pelicans this go-round. In what will become his fourth season in New Orleans, he previously broke into the league with four seasons as a member of the Sacramento Kings.
Last season, in yet another injury-plagued campaign, Evans appeared in a mere 25 games while starting in each of those contests. Over that span, he averaged 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds across 30.6 minutes per game.
In the absence of one of their top players, New Orleans is just 7-12 this season while coming on as of late en route to winning six of their last 10 games.