The New Orleans Pelicans’ season has been nothing short of a disaster. A litany of injuries have played a major factor in their 1-11 start, but Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Friday that Tyreke Evans could return to the court next week to provide some reinforcement, according to John Reid of The Times-Picayune.
Evans underwent knee surgery before the season even started, leaving New Orleans Pelicans super-thin at point guard thanks to other injury woes. Norris Cole is still recovering from an ankle injury, while Jrue Holiday remains on a minutes limit to protect his troublesome leg. Holiday has also been sitting some games out to rest, and all this has led to Ish Smith getting major minutes.
The return of Evans should be a huge help, as he enjoyed a solid campaign for the Pelicans last season. The 26-year-old averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game. He shot 44.7 percent overall and 30.4 percent from three, which isn’t very good but represented one of the best marks of his career.
The question is if the return of Evans can help turn the season around. There are still numerous other injuries plaguing the team, and Anthony Davis has dealt with some nagging issues as well. Plus, that 1-11 start has New Orleans in a deep hole. If things don’t improve significantly, Evans could potentially find himself on the trade block.