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)


Tyreke Evans is on his way back, and he could arrive as soon as the Pelicans' next game.

Evans – who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Oct. 20 and has not played this season – practiced on Monday, and he could play on Wednesday when the Pelicans face the Suns in Phoenix, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.

"He just went through a regular practice," Gentry said. "We'll see what happens post-practice now, but but he seems to think that he's fine and feeling good. We'll go again tomorrow and we'll see how shootaround goes (Wednesday in Phoenix) and then we'll determine what our course of action would be from there."

The 6-foot-6 Evans averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game last season, and his return would be a boost to a team that has won two straight since starting 1-11.

Gentry said the Pelicans will "proceed with caution" relative to Evans returning Wednesday.

"If there's any chance at all that we don't feel good about it or he doesn't feel good about it, then obviously we won't do it," Gentry said. "But if we do and he's ready to go, then obviously we'll try to put him out there and play him."