Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans could miss six to eight weeks after knee surgery _lowres

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) drives to the basket in front of Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans is out indefinitely after arthroscopic surgery Tuesday morning.

A source close to the Pelicans said Tuesday Evans underwent successful surgery on his right knee. The team officially announced the move shortly after, saying a timetable for his return would be announced at a later date.

The 6-foot-6 Evans “had a little soreness” in his knee, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last week, saying he would have the knee checked out, but that the injury was “not any big thing.”

Evans has missed the Pelicans’ past two preseason games. He sat out the preseason opener with a right knee contusion, which he and Gentry said was a precautionary move. In two preseason games after, Evans averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.1 minutes per game.

Evans played a career-high 79 games last season, averaging 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game, but he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in May after the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Pelicans from the NBA playoffs in the first round.

Evans is the Pelicans’ third prospective point guard to deal with injury this preseason. Starter Jrue Holiday is limited to about 15 minutes per game while he recovers from a stress reaction in his right leg. Backup Norris Cole is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain.