In the Pelicans first preseason game, big summer free agent signing Tyreke Evans went down with a sprained ankle.
Not good. But apparently not THAT bad, reports Jason Reid of the Times-Picayune.
That’s pretty standard recovery time for your garden variety ankle sprain.
New Orleans signed Evans to a four-year, $44 million deal this summer that was certainly a gamble but seemed a good one. They have an All-Star point guard in Jrue Holiday, they have a potential star big man in Anthony Davis (who has looked strong in the preseason), they have Eric Gordon at the two and Evans was going to play the wing (he can start at the three or come off the bench).
The good news is he should be able to do that this season. Expect Pelicans coach Monty Williams to spend a lot of the early part of the season really playing with lineups, seeing what works and letting the guys learn each other. Evans will be back in time for that, in time for the games that matter.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.