Pelicans' Quincy Pondexter needs knee surgery, is out for season

NEW ORLEANS -- Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said forward Quincy Pondexter needs left knee surgery for the second time in a year, which will require him to miss the entire NBA season.

Demps said Pelicans medical staff and additional specialists have concluded it is in Pondexter's best "long-term interest" to have additional surgery to repair cartilage in his knee. Demps said the decision was based on Pondexter's slow recovery from surgery on the same knee in May.

Pondexter has played in 279 career games and has averaged 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in five NBA seasons with New Orleans and Memphis. After he was traded to New Orleans last season, Pondexter averaged 9.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in helping the Pelicans make the playoffs.

New Orleans, which has gone 11-25 this season, visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.