Tyreke Evans is the latest Pelican bitten by the injury bug.
The 6-foot-6 guard will have a knee examined and will sit out Saturday’s preseason game against the Sacramento Kings in Lexington, Ky., coach Alvin Gentry said after Friday’s practice.
“We’re just gonna get his knee checked out,” Gentry said. “It’s not any big thing. We’ll get an opinion and see what they think. He had a little soreness in it. We’ll just have it checked out and see what’ll happen from there.”
Evans played a career-high 79 games last season, averaging 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.
Evans sat out the Pelicans’ preseason opener with a right knee contusion, which he and Gentry said was a precautionary move. In two preseason games since, Evans has averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.1 minutes per game.
Evans is the Pelicans’ third prospective point guard to deal with injury this preseason. Starter Jrue Holiday is limited to 10 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.
The Pelicans moved to shore up the point guard spot on Thursday, signing free agents Nate Robinson and Bo McCalebb.