The New Orleans Pelicans anticipate that star rookie Zion Williamson will make his regular-season debut Jan. 22 against the Spurs.

Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told reporters Wednesday that the team wants Williamson, who has missed the entire season while recovering from October knee surgery, to participate in two more practices before playing in a game.

Williamson is slated to join the Pelicans in practices Friday and Sunday, one day before New Orleans travels for a game next Monday at Memphis.

According to Griffin, Williamson would then make his debut at home on Jan. 22 against San Antonio.

Griffin also told reporters that the Pelicans and Williamson never considered the possibility of sidelining the rookie forward for the entire season.

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