The New Orleans Pelicans' preparations for the new campaign have hit a snag after Anthony Davis was forced to withdraw from their latest preseason game.
Davis, who managed just 61 games last season due to knee and shoulder issues, was forced to miss the final 14 minutes of action as NOLA fell 116-104 to James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
Having not played in a regular-season game since March, the three-time All-Star had made a strong start to the preseason, averaging 16.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.8 minutes per game during his three outings.
However, having played just six minutes of the game in Beijing, China - scoring two points on 1-5 shooting from the field - the two-time blocks leader was forced out of the action.
Early indications show the ankle sprain is not too serious with ESPN's Marc J. Spears reporting he will be out for 10-15 days following a grade two sprain.
Head coach Alvin Gentry would love to have Davis ready for opening night, but rushing the center back to action could be detrimental to his long-term future as the Pelicans pursue a return to the playoffs.
New Orleans already have roster problems; Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely due to personal issues while Tyreke Evans is also carrying an injury and has not played during the team's Asia tour.