Tyreke Evans Injury: Updates on Pelicans Guard's Ankle, Likely Return Date
GM Dell Demps expects Evans to be ready for opening night.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
From John Reid of NOLA.com:
Pelicans GM Dell Demps said on tonight's radio broadcast that Tyreke Evans could be out one to two weeks, but should be ready by opener.— John Reid (@JohnReid64) October 8, 2013
Though no word on Evans' status has come from New Orleans, John Reid of the Times-Picayune reported that the situation looked dire on the court:
Tyreke Evans being helped off the court and taken to locker room - injury appears to be serious. No update... http://t.co/Kd7BaX111V— John Reid (@JohnReid64) October 6, 2013
NOLA.com reporter Jimmy Smith added some details:
Evans went down midway through the second quarter on a drive to the basket. He beat his defender off the dribble and rose up for an easy two points, but came down hard on his left ankle, appearing to twist it in an awkward fashion.
Writhing on the ground in pain, the game was quickly halted so the Pelicans staff could tend to his ankle. Evans was then carried off the court, where he'll undergo further testing in the locker room.
Assuming his night is finished, Evans will have scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in his Pelicans debut. The 24-year-old guard came to New Orleans along with center Jeff Withey in a three-team deal that sent Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento and Robin Lopez to Portland. Evans subsequently signed a four-year, $44 million contract.
In his fifth NBA season, Evans has career averages of 17.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He came off the bench in Saturday night's game and will likely take a sixth-man role this season for New Orleans, a team with a bevy of combo guards.
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