Randle is expected to come off the bench in Wednesday's season opener against Houston, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Nothing is set in stone, but coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday that he's leaning toward starting Nikola Mirotic at power forward alongside Anthony Davis to begin the season. While Randle may be the better all-around player, Mirotic offers more floor-spacing, and the pair figure to split minutes relatively evenly, while also playing together in certain alignments. Randle closed the preseason with back-to-back 20-point games, including a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double in 25 minutes against the Raptors.
Randle isn't in Thursday's starting lineup against the Raptors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Randle figures to get the night to rest, although he could log some minutes off the bench. Nikola Mirotic, E'Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis are listed as the starting forwards with Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday starting at the two guard positions.
Randle (back) registered a team-high 23 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 10-12 FT) and added six rebounds, four assists and a block in 30 minutes Wednesday in the Pelicans' 140-128 exhibition loss to the Heat.
Randle took advantage of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday resting to act as the focal point of the New Orleans offense in the Pelicans' penultimate game of the preseason. His scoring responsibilities will take a hit when both Davis and Holiday suit up, but Randle profiles as a nightly double-double threat capable of offering some assist upside thanks to his skills as a distributor. Randle won't provide much assistance in the steals and blocks categories, however.
Randle (back) is starting Wednesday against the Heat.
With Anthony Davis getting the game off for rest, Randle will draw the start at center. Randle had previously been sidelined with a back injury suffered early in the preseason.
Randle (back) is available for Wednesday's game against Miami.
Randle was listed as questionable as of Tuesday, but after going through morning shootaround he's been given the green light to take the court. The offseason addition will likely slide back into the starting lineup, and it's possible he could be paired with Nikola Mirotic up front with the Pelicans resting Anthony Davis.
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