Pondexter needs season-ending surgery

The injury-stricken Pelicans need all the help they can get in trying to rescue a lost season and now comes word that it won’t come from Quincy Pondexter.

The small forward who has not played a game in 2015-16 will have season-ending surgery on his left knee, according to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Pondexter started the final 28 games of the last season at small forward and averaged 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists after being acquired from Memphis. He has been bothered all the while by knee problems, but held off on having surgery until after the Pelicans were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by Golden State.

It was believed that Pondexter was making progress when he began to take part in scrimmages just before Christmas. He was upgraded to questionable before last week’s game against the Mavericks, but Pondexter did not play.

The Pelicans have been plagued by injuries since training camp in a season that has gone south as they sit near the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 11-25. But Pondexter is the first player lost for the season.

According to Charania, the Pelicans have their eyes on Elijah Millsap, Orlando Johnson, and Bryce Dejean-Jones as candidates to sign a 10-day contract.