During a luncheon today at the New Orleans Quarterback Club, Dell Demps attempted to give some clarification on the injury recovery timetables for both Tyreke Evans and Quincy Pondexter.
According to Justin Verrier, Evans started on-the-court activities this past Saturday with the team. While it sounds like great news, an appearance on the sidelines is still weeks away and a return date far from certain. The Pelicans will re-evaluate Evans’ progress in two weeks — likely hope and pray his knee doesn’t suffer any sort of setback — and perhaps finally then be able to narrow a still rather large window for his return.
Dell Demps' full quote on Tyreke Evans' timetable after returning to on-court activities this past week: pic.twitter.com/rM5i2aOKsT— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) October 25, 2016
During media day, Demps had opined a more definitive timetable might emerge in 2-4 weeks. We’re just past the back end of that time frame, and things remain in flux for Evans, but at least there is some hope he can possibly return earlier than expected... unlike a fellow teammate.
The recovery news is unfortunately worse for Pondexter. He isn’t expected back with the team until sometime towards the back end of last month’s guesstimate at the earliest.
Demps, away from podium at @GNOsports luncheon, clarifies that Pondexter is simply expected back toward the back end of recovery timetable— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) October 25, 2016
In case you’ve forgotten, folks, this means January, when the Pelicans will be at least 35 games into the 2016-17 schedule. And even if Pondexter manages to eventually defy the odds (prayer emoji), it will be close to two full years since he last appeared in a real game. The rust should be fully evident.