Pelicans’ Norris Cole out with high ankle sprain

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The Pelicans are counting on Norris Cole to pitch in at the point guard spot, along with a finally healthy Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

But we’re not going to see Cole for a while, he suffered a high left ankle sprain at practice Sunday the Pelicans announced. There is no timetable for his return, but high ankle sprains can be nasty and take a while to heal. It is possible Cole will miss the start of the season.

Cole impressed with the Pelicans at the end of last season. After being traded to the Big Easy, he averaged 9.9 points and 3.2 assists per contest, ¬†played good defense, and was solid in the playoffs against Golden State. That said, the Pelicans wouldn’t offer him the contract he wanted, so Collison signed the qualifying offer and will be an unrestricted free agent next year.

With Holiday on a minutes limit to start the season, Alvin Gentry may be forced to play more Evans at the one.