Pelicans' Tyreke Evans plans to undergo surgery on his right knee and likely out for rest of the season, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 10, 2016
**Bobby Brown voice** CAN YOU STAND THE RAIN?
Losing Tyreke Evans is a tough loss for New Orleans, as it removes the second ball-handler out of New Orleans' rotation. Neither Norris Cole nor Toney Douglas can operate an offense like Evans, nor can they dissect an opposing defense. There's no doubt that Evans' 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists will be missed. He was also providing some floor spacing, too, as Evans was knocking down 38.8% of his threes this season.
First snap reaction is that New Orleans should tank, but I doubt they do that because of Davis' pending status as an All-NBA member. Davis not making the team would result in him losing close to $25 million over the length of his contract, and could cause some issues there. I'm curious if the Pelicans make a move to try to make a move - something like a bought out Joe Johnson - to push for the eighth seed.
Second thought is that I think the Pelicans should push for a Bryce Dejean-Jones contract extension now. Not that Evans' injury mattered in his playing time for the rest of the season, but as the Pelicans brass and fan base look towards the offseason, having BDJ locked in for the next two to three seasons would be nice value and provide you at least one more option on the perimeter.
Safe to say this wasn't the season the Pelicans expected. Get well soon, Reke.