Fresh off a victory against the Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry came with gifts following Monday's practice session. Tyreke Evans, who has yet to play a game this season, could return to action Wednesday night in the rematch at Phoenix.
Evans, who averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.3 rebounds a game last season was considered the second best player on the roster coming into the season. #NBARank put Evans just narrowly ahead of Jrue Holiday in October before Tyreke had his second knee surgery of the off-season. The New Orleans Pelicans have certainly missed his aggressiveness and competitive fire.
In the early going Evans will be eased into the rotation. As Gentry states below a minutes restriction is likely but it will likely begin at 20 minutes or more. I expect that Toney Douglas will be eliminated from the rotation almost entirely. Depending on how much three guard Gentry chooses to play the remainder of Evans minutes could come from any number of players. If Gentry does go with a lot of three guard play Luke Babbitt could also find himself without a significant role going forward.
Gentry says Evans will be eased back into action when he’s ready to return, but minutes restriction won’t be as low as 10 or 15.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) November 21, 2015
Alvin Gentry says there's "a chance" Tyreke Evans will play Wednesday in Phoenix. Went through practice today.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) November 23, 2015
Evans will practice again tomorrow then go through shootaround Wednesday in PHX. If no setbacks, he could play vs. Suns.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) November 23, 2015
Of all the places to get back into the lineup it had to be in Phoenix for Evans. IF you don't recall, Evans was stuck in the elevator before his debut in the starting lineup in February of 2014. Desperate for help Evans took to Instagram for assistance. Tyreke's move into the starting five turned his season around.