Things are strange in New Orleans, to the point where Alvin Gentry recently called the situation surrounding Anthony Davis a “dumpster fire.” However, the Pelicans have to navigate the remainder of the regular season with Davis on the roster and the team, with prompting from the league office, is electing to deploy their best player despite the odd circumstances.
With that in mind, the Pelicans don’t have much to play for in the standings and interim general manager Danny Ferry addressed the media on Thursday evening with a clear, future-facing message.
Ferry also noted specifically that “league rules made it clear” that Davis has to play as long as he is in New Orleans.
The end result will be a “reduction” in the minutes of Davis and fellow standout Jrue Holiday.
As Ferry indicates, the change in Holiday’s deployment comes as a result of extended playing time this season. The veteran guard entered the All-Star break playing 36.3 minutes per game, which ranked No. 3 in the entire league, trailing only James Harden and Bradley Beal.