According to an article by Sam Amick of USA Today yesterday, Evans stated on opening night of the NBA season that he was looking to return to action in 4 weeks. Flipping through the calendar, that would mean his first game could come against the Phoenix Suns on November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving.
A return in 21 days indicates the Pelicans would have to play in another 11 games without one of their best players. This window includes two games against the Hawks and Mavericks and a number of key one-game matchups including the Thunder and Spurs. Regardless, it's good news that Evans is hoping to return sooner rather than later.
One item working in Evans' favor is that he has been regarded as a quick healer. He will need to live up to these claims in order to make his aggressive timeline. Following his arthroscopic knee procedure performed on October 20th, the Pelicans released a 6-8 week timetable; however, Alvin Gentry admitted it wouldn't surprise him to see Evans return earlier.
"I don't know exactly. They give six to eight weeks. If you know Tyreke, if there is anyway of getting back earlier, he'll do that. But I know he'll be back as soon as he possibly can. He loves to play. He can play in pain; he's done it time and time again."
Lo and behold, Evans was caught participating in a spin class yesterday alongside Quincy Pondexter and general manager Dell Demps.
Considering he was seen on crutches not two weeks ago, it's rather promising he has already progressed to riding a bicycle during a strenuous exercise program.
With a lack of new information regarding Norris Cole, Jrue Holiday remaining on a minutes restriction and the team off to an 0-3 record, the Pelicans would find it a blessing to get Evans back in the lineup as early as possible, in this case, a week before the month of December.