Davis to See Fewer Minutes for the Remainder of the Regular Season
Following a meeting with interim GM Danny Ferry, it has been reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, that the New Orleans Pelicans will reduce Anthony Davis’ playing time to preserve their trade asset. Recently, Davis’s minutes have ranged from 15-35 minutes, but moving forward it sounds as though the cap will be set on 20-25 minutes per game over the final 23 games of the season.
In addition, it was also reported that Jrue Holiday will get some time off. “You’ll probably see Jrue’s minutes come down because his minutes have been so high all year.”
Sitting Davis out entirely isn’t an option due to NBA anti-tanking, player resting rules. The rules deem that team’s resting a star deemed healthy to compete, can be fined up to $100, 000. This must be difficult to pinpoint and enforce, however, because Davis suffered a “shoulder injury” against the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to the All-Star break but then competed in the All-Star game just a few days later.
“League rules made it clear that Anthony has to play,” Ferry said. “As we’ve done previously, we will continue to follow their lead but also be focused on the future of the team.”
It is difficult to recall a situation as strange as this one, where a superstar is in such a state of limbo. Understandably, the priority for both Davis and the Pelicans is to keep him healthy and find a resolution in the summer.