Pondexter (knee) had in infection in his knee after his most recent surgery that prolonged his recovery time, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.
Pondexter has sat out the past two seasons while undergoing three separate knee surgeries, the most recent one taking place in January. It's unclear how severe the infection in his knee was, or how long it prolonged his recovery time. Pelicans' general manager Dell Demps expressed concern that Pondexter would not be able to recover in time for next season, but added that the team remained hopeful he would make a full recovery.
Coach Alvin Gentry acknowledged Friday that Pondexter (knee) is unlikely to return for the remainder of the regular season, ESPN.com's Justin Verrier reports. "[Pondexter] will be gearing toward the summer and next year, really," Gentry said.
Pondexter, who hasn't appeared in an NBA game since the 2014-15 postseason, required a third surgery on his left knee back in January and is still rehabbing. Though he's only 29 years old, the multiple setbacks Pondexter has endured with the knee seemingly put his career in jeopardy, but he'll still remain on the Pelicans' books for 2017-18, the final year of the four-year, $14 million contract extension he initially signed with the Grizzlies in the summer of 2014.
Pondexter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday and remains without a timetable for a return.
Pondexter didn't appear in a single game during the 2015-16 season after requiring two surgeries in less than eight months on his left knee and also has yet to take the court during the 2016-17 campaign. He appeared to finally be making progress in his recovery when he was cleared for non-contact work at the start of December, but he's now required yet another procedure to clean up the knee. While a timetable has yet to be released, this latest surgery should keep him out at least another month, although it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up staying sidelined well into the later stages of the NBA season.
Pondexter (knee) has been cleared for non-contact work, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.
Pondexter has come along in his recovery much slower than anticipated, but it appears he's finally made a break through and is progressing to the next stage. He's now able to go through shooting drills and other non-contact individual drills, which means his eventual return to the court is not far off. Of course, he likely still needs to log a couple of full-contact practices before getting the green light to play, which could mean he's still a couple of weeks away.
Pondexter (knee) remains without a timetable for a return, ESPN.com's Justin Verrier reports. "With Quincy, we should get a better understanding [on his health] if not [by] the end of the week, then the beginning of next week," Pelicans GM Dell Demps said Tuesday. "And then we'll hopefully get him back on the court."
Demps had previously indicated in late October that Pondexter's condition would be reevaluated in about two weeks, but the Pelicans have continued to hold off on doing that. It's likely an indication that Pondexter hasn't made much progress since that time, and it seems increasingly likely the veteran forward won't be able to play until the calendar flips to 2017. Pondexter hasn't played in an NBA game since the 2014-15 postseason after requiring two procedures to address his left knee.
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