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Tyreke Evans | Guard/Forward | #1

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 220
College: Memphis
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (4) / SAC
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Tyreke Evans (knee, calf) will not play against the 76ers on Thursday.
There was some optimism of Evans making his season debut this week, but the calf soreness last week has set him back. Once he's finally back, he'll likely have a minutes limit in the 15-20 range for quite some time. It'll likely be a good month or so until Evans is consistently contributing for fantasy owners. Dec 7 - 5:32 PM

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Tyreke Evans (knee, calf) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

The fact that we even have to rule him out suggests his return is getting closer. In fact, he likely would've played over the weekend if he didn't tweak his calf. It sounds like he could make an appearance sometime this week, but he may start slow because the Pelicans will likely limit him to 15 minutes right out of the gate. With that said, he's still a solid stash.
Dec 5 - 12:42 PM

Tyrele Evans (knee, calf) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Thunder.

He's getting closer and he may have been able to play this weekend had he not had a calf issue. The Pelicans may be able to get him back in action this week, but he's fully expected to have a 15-minute limit for several games. He's going to be annoying to own for likely at least a month, but give him a look if you want to see if he can get it going.
Dec 3 - 4:51 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee/left calf) is not expected to play Sunday vs. OKC, per coach Alvin Gentry.

In addition to working his way back from surgery on his right knee, Evans is now dealing with tightness in his left calf. It is safe to assume Evans will have his minutes limited once he is finally healthy enough to suit up, but we still don't have a solid timeline as to when that will be.
Dec 3 - 2:06 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said he sees Tyreke Evans (calf, knee) in a role similar to the one Lance Stephenson had with the Pelicans.

That suggests Gentry wants to use Evans off the bench as a primary ball-handler. On the injury side of things, Evans did tightness in his left calf, which is a different leg from his right knee surgery that has kept him out this season. The Pelicans will certainly be limiting Evans for a very long time, so he may not be worth the trouble in standard leagues.
Dec 1 - 3:44 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee, left calf) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

Head coach Dell Demps said Evans experienced tightness in his calf and won't play on Friday. Demps did add, however, that Evans would be back "sooner than later." Evans should be stashed in deeper leagues, but he's unlikely to warrant a start in standard leagues until he's eased back into action over the next few weeks.
Dec 1 - 1:59 PM

Alvin Gentry said he hopes to get more concrete information on Tyreke Evans’ (knee surgery) potential return on Wednesday.

Jennifer Hale reported on Nov. 19 that Evans was "pain free" in his surgically repaired right knee, and that he could return in two weeks, and we're currently at the beginning of Week-2. That being said, Evans was rushed back into action too soon last season, and only lasted 25 games, so expect New Orleans to take an overly cautious approach this time around. Evans should be stashed in leagues with an IR-spot, but he might not be worth owning in standard leagues until January.
Nov 28 - 2:55 PM

Tyreke Evans is "pain free" and could return to the Pelicans within two weeks, according to FOX reporter Jennifer Hale.

Hale tweeted out that the "Pelicans could get Tyreke Evans back soon, possibly two weeks. He's pain free, down to 7 percent body fat. Expected minute restriction: 16-20." GM Dell Demps did tell the media that Evans began on-court activities earlier this week, but no one in the Pelicans organization has yet to put a definitive timeline on Evans return. We'll await further clarification from the team.
Nov 19 - 10:18 AM

GM Dell Demps told the media that Tyreke Evans began on-court activities on Tuesday and that a timetable will be determined based on how these workouts go.

This will be Evans first practice since last season. He is obviously still far from returning to actual game action, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Last month, Evans proclaimed on social media that he planned to return by the end of November, or by December 15th "for sure." Evans is extremely talented and possesses enticing upside; he averaged 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds last season. However, injury risk is obviously the major concern.
Nov 15 - 1:15 PM

Tyreke Evans, via his Snapchat, states he plans to return by the end of November, or by December 15th "for sure."

Evans posted a video of himself lifting weights on his Snapchat account and indicated he working out in hopes of getting back on the court by the end of next month. This timetable jives with what GM Demps told reporters earlier this week.
Oct 28 - 2:03 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee surgery) has returned to on-court work and is targeting a late-November, early-December return.

"Tyreke began on-court activities this week, which is great," Demps said. "His timetable will be determined really in the next two weeks, depending on how rehab goes. But he’s on the court, he’s shooting, his body looks great." We'll be monitoring this situation very closely, but Evans remains a dubious asset in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot after only suiting up for a mere 25 games last season. Expect him to be brought along very slowly in New Orleans. Solomon Hill and Lance Stephenson will pick up the slack in his absence, but neither of those guys offer standard league appeal.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 25 - 4:14 PM

Tyreke Evans revealed that he developed a blood clot in his calf after his most recent knee surgery.

This definitely helps to explain why Evans is taking a slow road back to action. "I had to take a step back, but I kept working hard in my rehab," he said. Doctors have told Evans not to rush his return, and the swingman also said he's not aware of any concerns that doctors have about the clotting being an ongoing issue. Between all of his recent knee surgeries, an uncertain timeline to get back on the floor and the news of a blood clot, it's virtually impossible to recommend burning a draft pick—even in the later rounds—on the former Rookie of the Year.
Source: PBT
Sep 24 - 2:37 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's targeting a potential return to the court in December.

"Right now I’m just putting up shots, rehabbing, trying to get the strength back in my quads," Evans said. "My knee actually feels pretty good, and I’m not feeling the pain I was before, which is a good thing. We’ll see how I feel when I start running up and down [and playing fullcourt basketball]." Evans had three surgeries on his right knee in a nine-month span, so the Pelicans won't be rushing him back this time. Despite averaging 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds last season, he's a very risky pick in fantasy drafts this season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 10:12 AM

General manager Dell Demps said he never really felt like Tyreke Evans (knee) was healthy last season.

Demps also confirmed Evans is not going to be ready to start the season, he may not be ready until December, and he's also going to continue his rehab in the states while the Pelicans head to China. Based on this comment, you can bet the Pelicans take it easy on Evans. He played just 25 games last season and needed surgeries to both knees in the past two years.
Sep 23 - 3:12 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee surgery) is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

This, of course, was the expectation all along after Evans was forced to undergo three right knee procedures in a nine-month span. Evans is still working in rehab to strengthen the surgically-repaired knee, and it's not clear when he might be eyeing a potential return. New Orleans recently signed Lance Stephenson, and it seems like Born Ready will have an opportunity with Evans and Jrue Holiday (personal) both unavailable.
Sep 10 - 3:55 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Langston Galloway
SG1E'Twaun Moore
2Buddy Hield
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Solomon Hill
3Quincy Pondexter
4Dante Cunningham
5Anthony Brown
PF1Anthony Davis
2Terrence Jones
3Cheick Diallo
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca