Although Rajon Rondo is scheduled to meet with specialists tomorrow in Philadelphia, the New Orleans Pelicans expect their starting point guard to be sidelined for the next four to six weeks with a sports hernia.
“Good thing is,” said Anthony Davis after the Pelicans knocked off the Bulls on Sunday evening, “it’s nothing too serious. The wait time is 4-6 weeks so he can come back and get right back into the rotation.”
With Rondo unavailable against Chicago, Alvin Gentry started E’Twaun Moore alongside Jrue Holiday and New Orleans got off to a terribly slow start, registering eight turnovers and making only seven of 20 field goal attempts in the first quarter. However, the action on the court did improve afterwards and Ian Clark was productive in his 30 minutes off the bench.
But will the front office only see the positives and choose to sit on their hands? After all, it was a preseason game... against the lowly Chicago Bulls.
Regardless of whether Moore or Clark emerges with the larger role, it’s key to note that Jordan Crawford does not appear to be in the current rotation. Despite the roster being down an important guard, Crawford failed to get into the game on Sunday night and his role throughout preseason has been smaller than most expected. Although the Pelicans could soon receive a medical hardship exception for having four injured players expected to miss a minimum of two weeks of the regular season, don’t be surprised to read management waive Crawford’s unguaranteed contract in an alternate move.
According to Spotrac, some quick-fix free agent options exist at point guard. Dell Demps is familiar with Brian Roberts and Norris Cole, and remember that Ty Lawson was once on the Pelicans radar at the same time Nick Young was connected to New Orleans. However, all three of these players are currently signed to international contracts so it’s unclear if any of them are immediately available via opt-out for NBA clauses.
Some other possible free agents include C.J. Watson and Trey Burke.
If the coaching staff remains adamant about keeping Holiday in an off-the-ball role, the front office could be forced to act now. Heaven forbid, but what if another injury were to strike sometime during the next six weeks and Holiday’s name unfortunately sits on the disastrous headline?