The New Orleans Pelicans will likely be without point guard Tyreke Evans for six to eight weeks while he recovers from a right knee injury and arthroscopic surgery, coach Alvin Gentry said.
“I don’t know exactly, but they told us six to eight weeks,” Gentry said before Wednesday’s preseason game against the Orlando Magic. “If you know Tyreke, you know if there’s any way of getting back out there earlier, he will do that.
“I know he will be back as soon as he can. He loves to play. He can play in pain. He’s done it time and time again. I just want him to get well and get completely healthy before we try to put him back out there.”
Gentry previously said the 6-foot-6 point guard had experienced some soreness in the right knee but that it wasn’t “any big thing.” Evans played in 79 games last season, missing three games because of various illnesses while playing through a variety of other ailments.
Now, Evans will be added to the list of Pelicans missing multiple weeks because of injury that includes Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca, Quincy Pondexter, Luke Babbitt and Norris Cole. Meanwhile, backup point guard Jrue Holiday is still operating under a playing-time restriction and is likely to be capped at 15 minutes per night when the regular season opens Tuesday at Golden State.
“It’s been a little bit frustrating because I really like our team, and I think we have depth, but we have not been able to put those guys out there together,” Gentry said. “We’ve been almost together, but there’s always somebody missing. I like the team, and we are just going to have to just battle and keep our head above water until we get the whole group back.
“That will probably be sometime in January. Injuries are a part of it, so we have to find a way to get the next man to step up.”