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Omer Asik and Luke Babbitt may play tomorrow against Warriors

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Hardship exception be damned, reinforcements have arrived?!?

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

According to several of those who attended today's New Orleans Pelicans practice, there is a strong possibility that both Omer Asik and Luke Babbitt will suit up against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Their status will not be fully known until they've gone through pregame and have tested their newly healed injuries.

After a dismal 0-2 start to the season, the Pelicans could most assuredly use two of their ailing rotation members against the current World Champions. All facets of the game for the birds have suffered from vast underperformance. Babbitt could assist the Pelicans outside attack and help spread the floor for Anthony Davis and ball handlers while Asik would be a boon to the team's rebounding woes and interior defense.

If both of the players can give it a go, the team's roster will stand at 12 active players with Quincy Pondexter, Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole remaining on the sidelines. Incidentally, the team would no longer be in line to apply for a hardship exception to start the season. Per NBA rules, a team must be without four players for at least three consecutive games.