Asik (illness) will not play Sunday against the Lakers.
Circumstances around Asik's illness are still somewhat unclear, and at this point it's difficult to predict when he might be activated. There's been no indication that Asik will be back on the floor, let alone in the rotation, anytime soon, rendering him an afterthought in most leagues.
Asik (illness) is out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies and remains without a timetable for a return.
Though he technically hasn't been ruled out past Wednesday, Asik remains without a timetable for a return while he's currently being treated for Crohn's disease. In his absence, Alexis Ajinca should be the primary backup to DeMarcus Cousins at center.
Asik was limited to 31 games last season due to a bacterial infection and he's now been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. While GM Dell Demps said there's been some improvements with Asik's health, he also mentioned that "he's not ready to play basketball", so it appears Asik could still be out for quite some time. For now, it seems unlikely he'll be ready for the start of the season, though further word on his availability should be released as he progresses in his recovery.
Coach Alvin Gentry acknowledged Friday that Asik (illness) is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season, ESPN.com's Justin Verrier reports. "[Asik] will be gearing toward the summer and next year, really," Gentry said.
Asik has been held out since the All-Star break while recovering from a bacterial infection, which caused him to shed a significant amount of weight. It seems Asik is still having difficultly getting back in playing condition, and because the Pelicans haven't been relying on him as a rotation player since late December, there's little incentive to rush him back before the campaign draws to a close in mid-April. Asik, who still has three years remaining on the five-year, $57.7 million pact he inked with the Pelicans in July of 2015, averaged 2.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 31 appearances in 2016-17.
Asik has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Rockets.
Asik is still dealing with the lingering effects of a bacterial infection and will miss yet another game, as he's been sidelined since the All-Star break. He's yet to be given any timetable for a return and should continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. His next opportunity to take the court will be Sunday against the Nuggets.
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