Pelicans' Tony Allen

Pelicans’ Tony Allen (formerly of Oklahoma State) during their NBA basketball media day in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Doug Parker)

Doug Parker

Tony Allen has appeared in just 10 preseason minutes, is knocking on the door of 36 years of age, and will never be asked to participate in a legitimate three-point competition — but he may be the necessary stopgap for the New Orleans Pelicans starting lineup.

With Rajon Rondo slated to miss the next 4-6 weeks, Alvin Gentry has a key decision to make: who to start alongside Jrue Holiday in the backcourt?

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