Evans will undergo surgery for his sports hernia and has been ruled out for the rest of the season, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
After being selected in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Evans surprisingly found himself in a rotation role for much of the season due to a plethora of injuries. He saw action in 48 games, posting averages of 4.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds across 16.2 minutes. However, he's been working through a sports hernia of late and instead of attempting to play through it over the last week of the season, he'll head for surgery and be shut down. Evans will have the entire offseason for recovery and should be back with the Clippers for training camp, as he's owed $1.37 million in the 2018-19 campaign. With Patrick Beverley (knee) expected back from injury, and both Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic likely remaining with the Clippers, Evans could struggle to see significant minutes in his second season.
Evans (abdominal) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
Evans is set to miss a second consecutive game for the Clippers and with just a week and a half left in the regular season schedule, it's unclear if he'll make a full recovery by its completion. That said, Evans has logged single-digit minutes in seven of the last 10 games he's played in, so he's not someone to target for fantasy purposes, even with Milos Teodosic (foot) sitting out for the foreseeable future. Look for Austin Rivers, Lou Williams and Tyrone Wallace to see the majority of the workload in the backcourt.
Evans (abdominal) will not play Friday against the Blazers, Elliott Teaford of Southern California News Group reports.
The rookie battled an abdominal issue earlier in the season, so it's possible he could still be dealing with some lingering discomfort. Either way, Evans has been mostly out of the rotation in recent weeks, seeing just six total minutes over the Clippers' last five games. With Milos Teodosic (foot) also out Friday, expect Austin Rivers, Tyrone Wallace and Lou Williams to each see significant workloads.
Evans played nine minutes off the bench in Friday's win over the Cavaliers.
While Evans' performance, itself, was unremarkable, it represented his first game since Jan. 20, as he'd been battling a lower-abdomen issue. The rookie out of Oklahoma State did not attempt a field goal and went scoreless Friday, but he handed out two assists and grabbed one rebound.
Rivers said that Evans, who has been sidelined since Jan. 20 with a sore lower abdominal, is dealing with an injury similar to that of Avery Bradley (sports hernia), who could also require surgery and has been ruled out for the next 1-to-3 weeks. Though Evans wasn't handed the same timetable, like Bradley, it seems highly unlikely that the rookie will suit up for at least this week while he has yet to resume on-court work. Now that fellow point guards Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic are both healthy, Evans isn't expected to have a large role for the Clippers even once he recovers from the injury.
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