Omer Asik will “definitely” play for a New Orleans Pelicans this season, manager Alvin Gentry said. Asik’s damage liberation is progressing, though a Pelicans do not seem to be rushing a 7-footer.
Yet, Asik’s damage standing was upgraded from “out” to “questionable” for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. diversion opposite a San Antonio Spurs during a Smoothie King Center, a group announced hours before tipoff.
Asik, who hasn’t played given a 4-minute tour on Feb. 10 of final deteriorate opposite a Minnesota Timberwolves, returned in a reduced purpose to a Pelicans use on Tuesday. Asik was sidelined for a final 25 games of a 2016-17 deteriorate given of a gastrointestinal infection.
“I consider he’s coming, guys,” Gentry pronounced following Tuesday’s practice. “I consider it’s close. When we contend close, we don’t know accurately how that is. But he had a use currently where he did some things. We’ll only have to wait and see.”
Gentry pronounced Asik is certain to lapse to a justice alongside a Pelicans All-Star frontcourt of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins during some indicate this season, though an central calendar is not set.
“It’s got to be when he feels gentle within what he’s doing,” Gentry said, “and a banging and a slicing and things like that. We’ll keep practicing, putting him in and out, and see where that gets us.
“It’s only that we’ve waited this long. It’s not a conditions where we wish to rush anything. What would be a disproportion in him personification a week from now? Or dual weeks from now, as opposite to try to hang him out there now? we consider he wants to be behind out there.”
Asik has shot 52.9 percent from a building during an eight-year NBA career. In 19 starts and 31 sum games final season, Asik averaged 2.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per diversion in 15.6 minutes.
The 7-foot core from Turkey has not played some-more than 10 mins in a diversion given he logged 15:32 on Dec. 20, 2016, opposite a Philadelphia 76ers.