"He's making progress," Gentry said of the sidelined phenom Friday, according to ESPN's Andrew Lopez. "He's practicing. He's playing five-on-five. We're trying to gauge exactly when it would be a good situation to put him out there.
"Even when we do, it'll be very limited minutes to start."
The highly touted No. 1 overall pick has been out since October after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus, delaying the start of his rookie campaign.
Improbably, the Pelicans' season is far from over despite their paltry 14-25 record. In a top-heavy Western Conference, where the 17-22 Memphis Grizzlies currently occupy the eighth seed, New Orleans sits just three games behind a postseason berth - without the team's future franchise star having played a single minute.