The injury hits keep coming for the New Orleans Pelicans. Quincy Pondexter, who had yet to play for the Pelicans this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason, is expected to have season-ending surgery on that same left knee in New York on Jan. 20, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Pelicans acquired Pondexter, 27, in a midseason trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last season. He was instrumental in the Pelicans playoff push, playing 45 games for New Orleans averaging 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game. His 43.3 percent shooting from deep was a huge boost for the Pelicans along with his perimeter defense.
Pondexter's return to the court was supposed to be imminent -- the team announced recently that he would be back in one to two weeks. That turned out to be false, and now the Pelicans are scrambling to find a replacement. New Orleans is considering signing a few different veterans to 10-day contracts, according to Yahoo! Sports -- including Elijah Millsap and Orlando Johnson.
It's not the first injury to plague the Pelicans this season. Tyreke Evans missed the first month of the season and Anthony Davis has missed multiple games with minor injuries.
At 11-25, the Pelicans have the second-worst record in the Western Conference. It's been a trying year for first-year coach Alvin Gentry. The loss of Pondexter won't make it any easier.