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Pelicans' Tyreke Evans out 6-8 weeks after cleanup knee surgery

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Evans is out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery. (USATSI)
Evans is out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery. (USATSI)

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The New Orleans Pelicans acquired Tyreke Evans in a sign-and-trade last offseason in an attempt to add a dynamic scoring option to their rotation. With Anthony Davis entering his second year and the team trading two first-round picks for Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans were going all in on trying to return to the playoffs. Unfortunately, injuries derailed that attempt and they were left in the lottery without a pick.

Evans managed to play in 72 games, but that doesn't mean he didn't have his own injuries as well. The former Rookie of the Year had successful knee surgery on Wednesday to clean out some scar tissue from his right knee and is going to be out for the next six to eight weeks.

Tyreke had a solid individual season in terms of his own numbers but he didn't quite have a positive impact on the team. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in 28.2 minutes while shooting 43.6 percent from the field. He also shot an abysmal 22.1 percent from 3-point range. When he was on the floor, the offense and the defense was worse for the Pelicans, although some of that can be attributed to the fact that he played so many minutes and games without the injured stars of the team.

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