Pelicans may rest Anthony Davis, Omer Asik in Saturday’s preseason opener vs. Heat

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Preseason basketball is finally here, with the first game set to tip off on Saturday between the Pelicans and the Heat in Lexington, KY.

While any form of NBA basketball is appreciated at this point, those hoping to see Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in action for New Orleans may have to wait a little bit longer to see what the team looks like playing at full strength.

From Nakia Hogan of The Times-Picayune:

Both Davis and Asik, who are expected to be a formidable duo at the power forward and center positions, are healthy. But both are coming off a long summer of activity while playing for their home countries in the FIBA World Cup, which is why Williams is thinking about resting the pair.

Before making his decision, Williams said he’d consult with general manager Dell Demps. …

“Omer and A.D. played a lot this summer already, so I got to to modify how much I play those guys,” Williams said. “So we probably will see a lot more guys on the floor and playing in different rotations to make sure those guys get a quick blow. But at the same time we don’t want to overdo it in the first couple games.”

It’s obviously a fine line.

You don’t want to over-extend your franchise player before the season even begins, but you also need to build some chemistry and create a sense of familiarity and cohesiveness among teammates, who will need to get used to playing with new players in different lineups.

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams was part of the USA Basketball coaching staff this summer, however, so he got to work with Davis and see his level of fatigue up close; It’s more than likely he knows best how to manage his star player’s minutes.