Pelicans’ fans held their collective breath when they saw Tyreke Evans go down in the first preseason game. He didn’t return, nor did he play in the second preseason game, so it looks as if this may be a serious injury. According to John Reid of the Times-Picayune, he will be fine to play in the season opener:
Pelicans GM Dell Demps said on tonight's radio broadcast that Tyreke Evans could be out one to two weeks, but should be ready by opener.
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) October 8, 2013
That sound you hear is the fan base breathing again. With Evans in the fold, the Pelicans have some talent, and could make the playoffs this year. Anthony Davis has looked good this preseason, and with Jrue Holiday and the gang, they could surprise a lot of people.
This is good for Evans, who will play the role of the sixth man this season for New Orleans. 1-2 weeks sounds like a basic ankle sprain, and I’m sure they’ll take the time to make sure he’s healthy before returning. The Pelicans completed a sign and trade with the Sacramento Kings for Tyreke Evans, and signed him to a contract for 4 years and $44 million. They open the season on October 30th in New Orleans against the Indiana Pacers, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Monty Williams decides to sit Evans out for the rest of the preseason to ensure his health is top-notch.