Earlier today, several Pelicans have had their statuses updated.
First, Jrue Holiday will likely start the season on a minutes restriction.
For those pining for Jrue Holiday updates, I'm told #Pelicans PG should be ready for start of season but likely on a minutes restriction.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) August 27, 2015
The plan, per many sources, is "ease Jrue back" into playing a full complement of minutes as #Pelicans' season progresses.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) August 27, 2015
Honestly, this thinking makes a lot of sense. Holiday broke his right tibia two years ago, had a stress reaction last season and had a screw removed from the area this past May. It wouldn't be wise to throw him back into the fire without first knowing his leg can handle some pounding. Just like baseball pitchers coming back from major surgery like Tommy John, it's best to gradually ramp up the amount of exercise.
Common logic dictates that if Holiday is going to be monitored closely and the medical staff is concerned about minutes, this could mean Holiday will start the season as a reserve. Many have pegged Tyreke Evans to be the team's sixth man (along with Ryan Anderson), but now it makes all the sense in the world for Holiday to probably occupy that spot. He could even play a lot of two guard as once Norris Cole is re-signed, it would allow Holiday to play off the ball more often and not have to worry about chasing around opponents' point guards.
The other injury news of note involves Alexis Ajinca. He has been practicing and playing with Team France in preparation of the 2015 Eurobasket Championship, but that's about to come to an end.
Alexis Ajinca will not play at Eurobasket for French National Team due to an Achilles tendon injury. The big man will fly to the USA to be evaluate by the Pelicans.
According to reports, Ajinca has had pain in the Achilles region since joining Team France, but it has persisted. Hopefully his future medical evaluations stateside will verify today's action was just a smart precaution.
Finally for a bit of good news, all of the recent photographs of Anthony Davis have not been misleading -- he is heavier and stronger.
A stronger, quicker and more explosive Anthony Davis this coming season? Lol, good luck with that NBA.