The New Orleans Pelicans expect to have an extra pair of guards available for Tuesday's 7 p.m. tipoff against the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center.

Veteran reserve guard Tony Allen, who has missed 22 consecutive games since Dec. 10 with a fractured left fibula, is available to play versus the Kings, coach Alvin Gentry said hours before tipoff.

Allen hasn't played since logging 1 minute, 16 seconds on Dec. 10. The 14-year veteran is averaging 4.7 points in 22 games this season.

Two-way guard Charles Cooke has also returned to the Pelicans following a four-game Gatorade League transfer stint with the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz's G League affiliate, the team announced Tuesday morning.

In Allen's prolonged absence, the Pelicans signed swingman DeAndre Liggins to a pair of 10-day contracts, the first on Jan. 10. Liggins' second 10-day expired Tuesday.

After signing a second 10-day contract, a team can only retain a player by signing him for the remainder of the season.