The Pelicans are taking the long view on Jrue Holiday’s health.
And that means the point guard will be short on minutes, at least to start the season.
Holiday — who missed 42 games last season with a lower right leg injury — probably will be limited to 10 minutes per game when the Pelicans open preseason play on Oct. 3, coach Alvin Gentry said Thursday night, and likely will be on some minutes restriction until January.
“It’s a situation where we’re gonna proceed with caution there,” Gentry said after he spoke to the 3-Point Club of New Orleans Thursday at the Chateau Golf and Country Club. “We’ll see how training camp goes and how he is, but we’ll try to work our way from there.”
Holiday, who averaged 14.8 points and 6.9 assists per game last season, will be on the court when the Pelicans open training camp next week at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., but will be limited in his participation there.
“He’ll be able to practice right now,” Gentry said. “We’re just not gonna have him practice back-to-back. Two-a-days, we’re not gonna have him do that. And I’m not saying that he can’t do it, I just think that right now, that’s not anything that we’d like to risk.”
Holiday won’t play in back-to-back games to start the season, Gentry said. He’ll be monitored in practice and games by the Pelicans medical staff, which will make a determination as to when his initial minutes limit can be increased. Gentry didn’t know how long that might take.
“I think we have a plan in place with the medical people, and they’ll be on top of that,” Gentry said. “So that’s something that they’ll be able to answer more so than I will. But we’re gonna follow protocol, because he becomes a very important player for us.”