Tyreke Evans set for knee surgery, likely to miss rest of season

After missing the past seven games to help alleviate pain from right knee tendinitis, New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will undergo surgery that will likely cause him to miss the rest of the season, Yahoo! Sports' The Vertical reported.

The seven-year veteran is scheduled to meet with specialists this week to finalize the details of his surgery, The Vertical reported.

For the past few weeks, Evans -- the 2009-10 rookie of the year -- seemed on the cusp of returning to the lineup. On Feb. 1, as Evans was sidelined for a third consecutive game, coach Alvin Gentry predicted Evans was "probably not going to play," even as he stressed Evans probably was capable of playing through the pain.

The Pelicans announced Sunday, however, that the 26-year-old would be sidelined this week and would rehab the knee in the hope that he could return to the court sometime after the Feb. 12-14 All-Star break.

The Pelicans were expected by many to improve on last season's appearance as the Western Conference's eighth playoff seed but have disappointed in 2015-16 with a 19-32 record.

Evans, the No. 4 pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2009 draft, is New Orleans' third-leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points to go with 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.