The Pelicans won’t have Tyreke Evans available when the 2016/17 season begins, tweets Scott Kushner of The Advocate. The 6’6″ swingman had two surgeries on his right knee last season and has been out of action since mid-February.
“He won’t be ready for the start of the season,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said during an appearance on The Lowe Post podcast with ESPN’s Zach Lowe. “He’s in a rehab situation. I think for us we just gotta move forward with our season. And then, if he comes back and he’s able to help us, that just adds icing to the cake.”
Evans played in just 25 games this season, averaging 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists per night. He was part of a wave of injuries that knocked the Pelicans out of playoff contention early in the season. The seven-year veteran is entering the final year of his contract and will be a free agent next summer.