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JUL 28, 11:16a ET | Jen Hale
Rotowire: Oct 2 / 8:48a ET
News: Holiday said Thursday that his surgically-repaired right leg is pain-free, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Holiday has suffered from recurring problems with the right leg during his first two seasons in New Orleans, limiting him to just 74 games with the club. Though he finally seems to have a clean bill of health and is participating fully in training camp, the Pelicans don't seem to be budging from their stated plan to reduce Holiday's minutes this season in an effort to keep him on the court throughout the campaign. Holiday will be capped at around 10 minutes per game during the preseason, and once the regular season begins, coach Alvin Gentry has said that the point guard would see somewhere in the range of 15 minutes per night through January. Additionally, the Pelicans plan to hold Holiday out for one game of back-to-back scenarios, all of which conspires to dampen his fantasy appeal. It's expected that the Pelicans will relax Holiday's restrictions in the second half of the season, which could make him an excellent trade target at that point in time, but only if he makes it through January with no setbacks on the health front.
Rotowire: Sep 28 / 1:36p ET
News: Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he expects Holiday to be limited to around 15 minutes per game until January, Jennifer Hale of FOX Sports New Orleans reports.
Impact: Leg injuries have been an issue for Holiday in both of his first two seasons in New Orleans, and it appears that in an attempt to keep him on the court for a full campaign, the Pelicans will aim to reduce his workload. According to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gentry plans on holding Holiday out of back-to-back scenarios, further dampening the point guard's outlook for the upcoming season. Though it's possible Holiday will retain the starting title in the Pelicans' backcourt, expect Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole to log a lot of minutes at point guard. Given his historical health concerns along with his diminishing role, Holiday's fantasy stock is falling in a significant way.
Rotowire: Aug 27 / 9:51a ET
News: Holiday is expected to be ready for the start of the season, though he'll likely have a minutes restriction, Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports.
Impact: Coming off of another season plagued by injury, Holiday underwent surgery in May to remove a screw from the rod in his right shin. The Pelicans haven't said much about the procedure throughout the offseason, but Holiday will apparently be ready to play when the season gets underway at the end of October. Plenty could change over the next two months, but at this point it appears Holiday may be limited for the first few weeks of the season, meaning Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole could each see an uptick in minutes at the point guard spot.