Pondexter (knee) will be targeting a return in November, although general manager Dell Demps believes that a return in December or January is more realistic, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.
It was initially expected for Pondexter to be ready at the start of training camp, especially since he's been participating in offseason workouts, but the Pelicans recently decided to prolong his rehabilitation process. The 28-year-old hasn't played in a game since the 2014-15 season and there's even a lingering fear that he may never actually return at all after undergoing two major surgeries on his left knee during that long absence from the court.
Pondexter didn't appear in a single game during the 2015-16 season after requiring two surgeries within an eight-month span to address his ailing left knee. He believes that the second procedure, which replaced the cartilage in his knee, will provide a 'permanent fix' to the recurring health problems he's had, but the Pelicans nonetheless decided to add some insurance on the wing this offseason by signing Solomon Hill to a four-year, $50 million contract on the first day of free agency. Hill is thus the leading contender to open the season as the Pelicans' starting small forward, but a healthy Pondexter could prompt coach Alvin Gentry to distribute the minutes evenly between the two.
Quincy Pondexter said Saturday that he expects the "cartilage replacement" procedure he underwent on his left knee in January will provide a "permanent fix" to the problems that have plagued him the last two seasons, ESPN.com's Justin Verrier.
After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the knee following the New Orleans Pelicans ' postseason series loss to the Warriors last May, Pondexter was sidelined for the first half of the 2015-16 campaign, but was expected to debut at some point in January. That never materialized, however, as Pondexter's knee didn't respond to contact work as well as the Pelicans had hoped, forcing the forward to go under the knife a second time. Pondexter said that the new technique his surgeons utilized on the second procedure should remedy his knee issues, as he's already noticing plenty of progress in his recovery. The 28-year-old expects to be 100 percent healthy by the time training camp for the upcoming season begins in the fall.
Quincy Pondexter had surgery on his left knee Wednesday, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Pondexter's 2015-16 campaign officially comes to a close without an appearance on the ledger. After two procedures on his left knee in a nine-month span, he'll aim to be healthy in time for next season's opening tip.
Quincy Pondexter will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee Jan. 20, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Pondexter had been unable to make any appearances this season despite allegedly nearing a return over this past week. He originally needed arthroscopic surgery in the offseason on the same knee which was the root of his current absence, but obviously things have taken a turn for the worse as he'll need further medical attention while Dante Cunningham, Alonzo Gee, Luke Babbitt, and Tyreke Evans continue seeing minutes at small forward.
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