A few days ago, Alvin Gentry announced Tyreke Evans would be shut down through the All-Star break. He last appeared in a game on January 25th, and if the Pelicans stick to this timeline, the earliest he will return will be on February 19th.
Since his first appearance back on December 1st, Tyreke Evans has never quite looked right. Following a Marc Spears tweet last month regarding a knee drain, The Bird Writes hoped management would cease any further activity until properly treating the issue. Sadly, it didn't happen as he played against the Charlotte Hornets just a day later. He would go on to miss the Pelicans following game against the Memphis Grizzlies because of soreness in pre-game warmups, yet he returned to the lineup for the next 4 games.
According to Scott Kushner, Tyreke Evans had his knee drained at least three times in January before the organization finally said enough is enough. He's never been mistaken for the most explosive athlete on the floor; however, Reke Havoc has looked a step slower than last year's version. Notice how many of the highlights in the video below display Evans beating opponents off the dribble.
Conversely, this hasn't been the case in 2016, but fortunately for him, he was able to survive by relying on a much improved outside jumpshot.
Knee tendonitis can typically be treated through non-surgical means, namely involving a period of rest coinciding with treatment and rehabilitation. According to Jennifer Hale, this appears to be the present course of action.
The @PelicansNBA Tyreke Evans likely out until after AllStar break to rest knee. Therapy includes dry needling, ultrasound, soft tissue work— Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504) February 7, 2016
Will 24 days be enough rest for Tyreke Evans' problematic right knee? That's impossible to say at this point, but there appears a good chance he could miss additional time as most cases are known to be resolved within a 6-week period.
In Evans' place, expect Norris Cole to continue to be given all the minutes he can handle. As a starter, Cole has averaged 13.9 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 turnovers and 1.2 steals. Fantasy owners in need of production could do worse, but be prepared for the occasional off-game.
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