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Pelicans’ Greivis Vasquez will have surgery on both ankles

May 24, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

Greivis Vasquez, Jae Crowder, Vince Carter AP

If I’d had a vote, Greivis Vasquez would have gotten mine for Most Improved Player award — the third-year guard averaged 13.9 points and 9 assists per game for the then Hornets (now Pelicans) this past season, playing smart basketball along the way for a team that was grooming Anthony Davis and waiting for Eric Gordon to play up to promise (or play at all, for a while).

The Times-Picyune reports Vasquez will have some off-season surgery on his ankles. Both of them.

The surgery, which will occur in Los Angeles, is similar to what starting shooting guard Eric Gordon underwent earlier this month to remove bone spurs in his left ankle. There was no confirmation of Vasquez’s possible recovery time, but El Universal, a newspaper based in Caracas, Venezuela reported that he is expected to be sidelined 12 to 16 weeks. If that’s the case, Vasquez would be fully recovered before training camp begins in October.

This is a pretty minor surgery, there shouldn’t be any impact going forward.

Vasquez sprained both ankles over the course of the season. This should have everything cleaned up and him ready to go next season.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I’m as surprised as anybody by Greivis’s emergence as a serviceable point guard; but let’s not go crazy over his stats. His true shooting % is 50.2 (terrible) and the Hornets defensive efficiency ranked dead last out of the 30 teams so I doubt he’s great defensively either.

    • adzs - May 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      You’re right in fact hes one of the worst defensive guards in the league if you ask me (starting or otherwise) just doesn’t have the footspeed to stay in front of his opponents; real pity Marcus Smart has passed on entering this draft as we would have jumped all over him

  2. tommyshih - May 26, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Thank everyone’s gods Kurt doesn’t get a vote.

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