Report: Pelicans’ Quincy Pondexter to undergo season-ending knee surgery

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Quincy Pondexter had knee surgery this offseason, but was thought in recent weeks to be close to making his season debut for the Pelicans. And they could use his floor-spacing shooting.

But it’s not going to happen — he needs another knee surgery, which will end his season that never even got started, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter will undergo season-ending left knee surgery on Jan. 20 in New York, league sources told Yahoo Sports….

The Pelicans reacquired Pondexter in a midseason trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last season, and the 6-foot-6 swingman became an integral part of the rotation. He averaged 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 43.3 percent from 3-point range in 45 games for New Orleans last season.

Pondexter is signed for two seasons at a very reasonable $7.7 million total beyond this season. Meaning the Pelicans will think long-term with him, knowing he could be a valuable rotation player in future years (the team certainly needs the shooting).

With him out expect the Pelicans to test out some guards on 10-day contracts. Charania says to keep an eye on Elijah Millsap, Orlando Johnson, and Bryce Dejean-Jones as possibilities.