Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans to miss 3-5 weeks with hamstring injury _lowres

Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) reaches in on New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will miss three to five weeks with a strained right hamstring, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

In the release, General Manager Dell Demps was quoted as saying Evans was injured “playing pickup basketball out of town last week.” He played 72 games in his first season with the Pelicans last year, averaging 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 28.2 minutes.

“(Evans) is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff,” Demps said in the release. “Hopefully he will be cleared to play before the season opener.”

The Pelicans open training camp Tuesday. Their first preseason game is Oct. 4 against Miami in Louisville, Kentucky. They open the regular season Oct. 28 against Orlando in the Smoothie King Center.