Evans (knee) is in the Pelicans' starting five for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. As has been rumored all day by coach Alvin Gentry and Evans' own Instragram account, Evans will be a starter in his season debut. However, after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Oct. 20, he could be subject to a minutes cap in his initial outings, but the Pelicans now have one of its primary ball-handlers back in the fold.
Evans (knee) posted on his personal Instagram account Tuesday that he isn't yet 100 percent healthy, but will make his season debut later in the evening against the Grizzlies, Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate reports. While it looks like Evans will be back on hand to offer an extra body to a depleted Pelicans backcourt that could desperately use one, don't expect the former Rookie of the Year to log big minutes given his own acknowledgement that he's not fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The expectation is that Evans will gradually see his playing time tick upward as he becomes further removed from the October procedure, but for the time being, the likes of Jrue Holiday and Ish Smith could still outpace him for minutes. Still, because of strong historically production he's provided in the points, assists, and rebounds columns, Evans is worth adding in just about any format, though it's most advisable to stash him on the bench until any restrictions are lifted.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Monday that Evans (knee) is expected to make his season debut Tuesday against the Grizzlies, "unless something bizarre happens," Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate reports. The Pelicans are officially listing Evans as questionable, which counts as an upgrade after he received the doubtful designation heading into both of the team's previous two games. It sounds like Evans will be a full participant in Tuesday's morning shootaround, but official verification of his availability isn't likely to come until pregame warmups. The Pelicans' backcourt could be in flux Tuesday, as the team opens a back-to-back set and may consider resting starter Jrue Holiday, who has typically sat out one game of back-to-back sets throughout the season. If Holiday ends up sitting out Tuesday's contest, Evans or Norris Cole (ankle) who is also on tap to make his season debut, could enter the starting lineup, but neither player should be counted on to play heavy minutes. Because of the extensive time he missed, Evans will likely see his workload restricted in the early going, but should see his playing time gradually increase from game to game before eventually working his way up to a steady 30-minute-per-game role.
Evans (knee) could make his return Tuesday against the Grizzlies, John Reid of The Times Picayune reports. Some speculated that Evans would make his season debut Saturday against the Jazz, but after speaking with coach Alvin Gentry prior to the game it was decided the guard would be held out once again. While Evans isn't expected to record many minutes Tuesday, it's a good sign for the Pelicans, as the team has been ravaged by injuries thus far in the season. He will likely be held to a minutes restriction until he's fully healthy.
Evans (knee) is doubtful to make his season debut Saturday, David Locke of the Utah Jazz reports. Evans' season debut has likely been put on hold again, as the Pelicans have deemed him doubtful to play Saturday. Owners should wait to put him in their lineup anyway, as he will likely be on a minute restriction initially. His next opportunity to debut will be Tuesday versus Memphis.
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