Tyreke Evans expressed at the end of the 2014-2015 season that he was playing through “throbbing” knee pain during their first round series versus the Golden State Warriors. It seemed like a non-serious injury that would be evaluated at the end of the season. The diagnosis deemed to be worse for the Chester, Pennsylvania native.
On Wednesday, Evans had arthroscopic surgery to repair the pain in his knee, the team announced. They also reported that a timetable for his return would be announced in the near future. This type of surgery seems to usually be minor in recovery length as it usually only takes about 6-8 weeks to return from the surgery.
Evans role was increased for the Pelicans this season as they were without point guard Jrue Holiday for long stretches throughout the 82 game season. He was a great compliment to Anthony Davis and the Pelicans as they went on to secure 45 wins and a playoff berth for the first time since 2011, previously then the New Orleans Hornets.
Personally, I expect Evans role to only increase this upcoming season. If he wants to be a long term player for this franchise, he needs to be their second best player behind Anthony Davis. He is someone who can be criticized for taking ill-advised shots and I would love to see him increase his three point percentage this season as he is a mediocre 27% for his career.