Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 21 Days

Evans (hamstring) was not mentioned by coach Monty Williams as being in competition for the starting small forward spot, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Williams said Thursday that John Salmons, Luke Babbitt and Darius Miller are currently in competition for the starting small forward position. His words should be taken with a grain of salt, though, as the injured Evans seems like he'd garner at least some consideration to return to the starting lineup after a strong close to last season. While New Orleans would probably prefer to use Evans as a versatile scorer off the bench who can play three positions, Evans made it clear last season that he prefers to start.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 26 Days

Evans is expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

He suffered the injury playing pickup basketball last week and is rehabbing with the team's medical staff with the hope that he will be cleared to play before the season-opener. Last season he averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and five assists in 28.2 minutes per game, but his play was very streaky and at times he was a difficult player to use in fantasy. This should offer John Salmons, Russ Smith, Austin Rivers and Jimmer Fredette more looks during training camp, but owners should only downgrade Evans very slightly, as he's not expected to miss much regular season action.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 1 Month

Evans is still unsure of the role he will be playing this season in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune reports.

Evans had an up-and-down first season with the Pelicans last year, thriving as a starter and faltering off the bench. However, coach Monty Williams hasn't decided where to put the versatile Evans for the coming season. Williams likes Evans as a guard, where he can play both on and off the ball, but following the departure of Al-Farouq Aminu, the Pelicans have a hole at small forward that Evans can fill�especially now that Omer Asik has been brought in to fortify the defense. Evans, who is still not yet 100 percent but should be by the time training camp starts on September 30, should learn more about his role when Williams returns from his work with Team USA.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 2 Months

Evans should be fully healthy for the start of training camp September 30, the Times-Picayune reports.

The Pelicans' wing needed off-season surgery on his right knee after being one of the healthiest players in New Orleans during the campaign, but general manager Dell Demps expects Evans and the rest of last year's banged up team to be 100 percent by the time camp starts. A reserve for the majority of last season, Evans struggled to adjust in his first year as a Pelican, but the former Rookie of the Year did thrive as a starter when given the opportunity. Regardless of whether Evans starts or plays with the second unit, he should see plenty of minutes and be productive in his second year in New Orleans.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 4 Months

Tyreke Evans (knee) did some rehab work at the Pelicans' practice facility on Wednesday.

He had knee surgery on May 15 and it was expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks, so he' should be close to being ready for basketball activities. Evans excelled in the starting lineup while the Pelicans were banged up down the stretch, which has made coach Monty Williams unsure of whether to use Evans or Eric Gordon in the starting lineup next season. If the Pelicans are healthy, Evans' fantasy value shouldn't vary much with either a starting or bench role.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 5 Months

Tyreke Evans had minor arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to clean out scar tissue in his right knee, which will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.

Evans said the surgery on his right knee Wednesday went "great", and he's expected to be fully healed by training camp. General manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams also suggested recently that Evans might start alongside Jrue Holiday next season, bumping Eric Gordon to a sixth-man role, which would make the former rookie of the year a more enticing fantasy option for next season.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 5 Months

Tyreke Evans said on his Instagram account on Wednesday night that he underwent successful surgery.

Evans posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed on Instagram with a caption that read, ""Surgery went great!! Can't wait to start my re-hab & get back on the court with my teammates !! @van_smack on my side with the support!" It's currently unclear exactly what Evans had the surgery for, but he was bothered by left ankle issues all season so that would be the most likely possibility until we hear more information. Evans averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds in his first season with the Pelicans and came on strong down the stretch, so should have a big fantasy season ahead of him if he can get healthy in time for the 2014-15 season.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 6 Months

Tyreke Evans finished the season on a very high note, going for 25 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, a block and a 3-pointer in a meaningless win over the Raptors on Wednesday.

Evans has a sore knee that left him iffy for Monday's game, and all he did in that one was rack up 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. It's probably too little, too late for fantasy owners, but if you used him in daily money leagues over these last two games, he certainly helped you out. Austin Rivers had 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two 3-pointers, Anthony Morrow had 15, and Alexis Ajinca added 11 points in the win.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 6 Months

Tyreke Evans scored a career-high 41 points on 14-of-26 shooting (1-of-7 3PTs, 12-of-16 FTs) with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Pelicans' 101-89 win over the Thunder.

Aside from Russell Westbrook's absence the Thunder wanted this win, too, and along with the fact that the Pelicans were playing a bunch of journeyman and second round draft picks this is relatively stunning. It's not surprising, though, especially with Monty Williams being forced to provide Evans with the shooters he needs on the wings to make this type of line possible. Evans has returned top 45-95 value over the last 15 games, with a nasty 3.5 turnovers per game mark holding him down.

Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 6 Months

Tyreke Evans will start vs. the Thunder on Monday.

This has been a mess today and it sounds like Evans will give it a go. Although, he was expected to play on Saturday and did not, so he's still a risky player to use even though he's listed as the starter.