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Tyreke Evans return to the Pelicans rotation is postponed due to calf tightness

New Orleans is forced back into a holding pattern with their star guard.

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Just a few days ago, there existed a reasonable belief that Tyreke Evans would be making his first appearance of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Welp, scratch that idea.

Earlier today Dell Demps announced that Evans has recently experienced calf tightness so he will not be in uniform on Friday. However, it is important to note that the issue is with his left leg, not the right leg that underwent three knee procedures.

Justin Verrier reported that Tyreke is without a timetable because team management will not play him until he’s fully healthy. On the bright side, though, Scott Kushner relayed that Evans looked like his former explosive self prior to the setback and the Pelicans are just being extra cautious.

What’s a few more absences (knock on wood), right?

As we learned today, Evans was not slated to immediately return to any prominent role. Kushner made mention that Tyreke’s initial court time would probably be capped to around 3-minute stretches. Eventually, though, the hope is that Evans will be able to fill a Lance Stephenson type of role for the team.