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Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Norris Cole (30) celebrates a shot with New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.


The Pelicans don't have a full roster yet, but they're getting closer.

Guards Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole – who have yet to play a game this season – are likely to return to the court Tuesday when New Orleans hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, Pels coach Alvin Gentry said Monday.

Evans and Cole practiced Monday. The Pelicans will have an afternoon shootaround on Tuesday and get an indication of how the two feel afterward, and "if they feel good, they'll play," Gentry said.

Evans, who averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 79 games last season, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. Cole, who averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 assists last season, has been out all season with a high sprain in his left ankle.

"I would say that unless something bizarre happens or they warm up and they feel like they're not ready, I would expect for them to play," Gentry said. "Just realistically it's gonna come to how they feel after they warm up."