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February 25, 2016: New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) drives to the basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. (Photograph by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)
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Several Pelicans won’t be ready for regular-season opener

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Three New Orleans Pelicans’ players will not be ready by the time the franchise begins its fourth season under this moniker. Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Quincy Pondexter will all have shortened seasons due to varying circumstances.

General manager Dell Demps confirmed that Holiday will not start the season on time, while the front office executive added Evans’ timetable won’t fully be known for another two to four weeks, per Justin Verrier of ESPN.com. Pondexter’s best-case return scenario will be in November, Demps confirmed at the team’s media day on Friday.

Demps said the organization will welcome back its point guard “with open arms” when he’s ready to return to the court.

“My family comes before basketball,” the 26-year-old Holiday said, via NOLA.com, earlier this month. “I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.”

Former United States Olympic soccer player Lauren Holiday needs brain surgery – one which doctors are confident will be a success after having deemed the tumor operable – and cannot undergo it until the birth of the Holidays’ first child.

Holiday played in 65 games last season, doing so after missing at least half of the Pelicans’ previous two campaigns. He averaged 16.8 points and six assists per night.

Evans has undergone three right knee surgeries in the past with the most recent coming in February. Evans was not expected to be ready to start the season after the 27-year-old saw his previous season end in January, and he revealed Friday that he had a blood clot in his calf that was discovered shortly after his most recent surgery.

Lastly, Pondexter underwent season-ending left-knee surgery in January and remains unsuitable for on-court action.

Several Pelicans won’t be ready for regular-season opener

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