New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the team announced Thursday. A timetable to return to basketball activities will be released in the near future.
It’s interesting that Evans underwent surgery on his right knee, as he dealt with a left knee injury in the Pelicans’ first-round series against the Golden State Warriors. He played just 12 minutes in Game 1, but then played 41 minutes in Game 2, 40 minutes in Game 3 and 33 minutes in Game 4.
Evans was largely ineffective throughout the series, averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 32.6 percent overall and 18.2 percent from three. Considering this surgery news, he very well may have been playing with injuries to both knees. The guard missed a game in December with a right knee contusion, so perhaps that issue flared up again and got worse by playing with the left knee injury.
Evans had a solid overall year in New Orleans, averaging 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent overall and 30.4 percent from three. It was only the second time in his career he shot over 30 percent from three.