New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told reporters that superstar rookie forward Zion Williamson will not play "significant minutes" against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Williamson was forced to leave the Walt Disney World campus near Orlando, Florida, where the league is holding its 2019-20 season restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic, due to an "urgent family medical matter."
He did not practice or scrimmage with the team from July 16 through July 24, and that time away to ramp up for game action forced the Pels to adjust his game minutes during the restart.
Griffin explained that the Pelicans' medical and performance staff had a 'very clear plan' for every player heading into Orlando and that because Williamson spent July 16-24 away from the team because of a family medical emergency and then did his four-day quarantine, the rookie missed crucial time to get ready."
On Thursday, Williamson played 15 minutes and scored 13 points in his team's 106-104 loss to the Utah Jazz.