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Tyreke Evans undergoes knee surgery, should be ready for training camp

May 15, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

The first we knew of Tyreke Evans having surgery came when he posted this to his Instagram account Wednesday night:

Surgery went great!! Can’t wait to start my re-hab & get back on the court with my teammates !! @van_smack on my side with the support !

The Pelicans filled in the details saying the guard “underwent minor arthroscopic surgery yesterday to clean out scar tissue in his right knee.”

He should be good to return to training in 6-8 weeks, which means he should be ready to go for training camp next fall.

Evans averaged 14.5 points a game but with a true shooting percentage of .504 last season (below the league average). Evans struggled early in the season when coach Monty Williams asked him to come off bench. Later in the season, when injuries had ravaged the Pelicans roster and he was pushed up into the starting lineup and got the ball in his hands more, he put up good numbers. Still, there are questions about where he fits in the plans long term in New Orleans.

Evans has three years and $32.2 million left on his contract, one that will be difficult to move if that’s what GM Dell Demps wanted to do.

  1. asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    What happened to Evans? He had such a great rookie year, but since then it seems like there’s always questions about where to play him. He has a lot of talent, but it seems like none of the coaches he’s had so far can figure out how to maximize it. At some point you have to wonder if it’s not the coaches? I hope he figures it out, he’s got a real unique skillset that is fun to watch when he’s on.

    • casualcommenter - May 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      I like Evans, but his main issue is that he’s never developed a jumper. Kirk Goldsberry at Grantland has put up his shot chart, and his shooting is gruesome outside of the paint. He literally can only score consistently if he manages to penetrate deep into the paint. Spotting up without the ball isn’t an option, so he needs the ball to be effective, and he needs surrounding players to provide spacing, which is why he struggled coming off the bench.

      At some point, no matter how gifted you are, you need to add versatility to your game. LeBron and Griffin are two of the most athletically gifted players in the NBA. LeBron can hit 3’s now, and Griffin can hit midrange J’s. They’ve added those skills to their game because smart defenses will sag into the paint and challenge guys like Evans to hit jumpers.

      It’s on Evans to hire a shooting coach and spend all summer tossing up thousands upon thousands of shots.

      • asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        He does have that strange shooting form.

  2. money2long - May 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Tyreke > lance

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