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.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.