Pelicans' Omer Asik: Starts at center Tuesday

Asik is in the starting lineup at center for Tuesday's preseason tilt with the Hawks, Pelicans radio play-by-play announcer Sean Kelley reports.

Coach Alvin Gentry hinted earlier in training camp that Asik could be in line to see his role decreased in his third season with the Pelicans, as the team may opt to go with an up-tempo system and could experiment with some smaller lineups. Asik still appears to be battling Alexis Ajinca for rights to the starting center role, so Tuesday's start is another good sign for Asik's chances of opening the season there. With just two more preseason games on the schedule, an announcement of the final regular season starting lineup likely isn't far off.

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