The New Orleans Pelicans announced Monday night that forward Quincy Pondexter requires surgery on his left knee, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

The 27-year-old has not suited up since having surgery on the same knee last May.

He started the final 28 games of the 2014-15 regular season and put up averages of 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

From the press release and Times-Picayune:

“After undergoing further evaluation from our medical staff, additional specialists, and consulting with Quincy and his representatives, we have collectively concluded that it is best for the long-term interest of Quincy to have an additional surgical procedure to correct the cartilage injury in his left knee,” said Pelicans Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Dell Demps. “This decision was determined due to a lack of progression in the recovery process.”

 

Pondexter did not play in a game this season after undergoing surgery on his left knee in May. In July, Pondexter admitted that he told team doctors to put off administering an MRI test on his knee until after their first-round postseason run ended against the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

 

Pondexter was upgraded to questionable before last week’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. But Pondexter took his familiar spot on the bench, dressed in a suit instead of a uniform. […] “I love the game of basketball and I would die to be out there,” Pondexter said. “It’s tough not be out there with my brothers. It feels like you can’t be out there to fight the battles. It has been extremely difficult. To say it wasn’t difficult would be a lie. I am a guy that doesn’t have anything but basketball. I don’t have a wife or kid or anything like that. I just have the game of basketball. I spent hours and hours a day just trying to get back.”