Tyreke Evans has been battling a sore knee for much of the season. The initial diagnosis indicated he could continue to play without surgery, but to be safe Evans got a second opinion. The second opinion agreed with the original diagnosis and Evans could return as early as next week.
Evans sought the consult of Los Angeles Lakers team doctor Steve Lombardo for the second opinion. According to an official release by the Kings, Lombardo agreed that Evans would not need surgery. The press release reads in part:
Evans, who was examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Lombardo, will rejoin the team in Toronto for treatment and rehabilitation with the anticipation of playing when the team returns to Sacramento for a five-game homestand next week.Evans has averaged 15.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in 18 games so far this season. He has missed the team's last nine games, so the Kings are anxious to get him back. During his absence, Sacramento has gone 5-4. They want to keep the positive momentum of an above .500 record going forward through the rest of the season even though it is unlikely they will be able to climb back to .500 overall this season.
Evans is just 23 years old and is in his fourth NBA season. He is expected to be a big contributor for the Kings going forward, but he will need to stay healthy. In his career, he has averaged 18.0 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game.