Josh McRoberts has yet to play for the Dallas Mavericks this season. Injuries were a major concern when the Mavericks traded for him this summer, and they have kept him sidelined thus far. Now, we have a better understanding of whether he will play at all.
“Possibly,” head coach Rick Carlisle said. “He is making significant improvements. He has a foot that he’s had problems with. He’s got a toe that’s been an issue over the years. Our guys are doing some great things with him. And so, there’s a chance that he’ll see some real court time but that’s a different timetable. There’s nothing coming over the Brooklyn Bridge on that one.”
The timetable Carlisle is comparing his return to is that of Dorian Finney-Smith and Seth Curry. For what it’s worth, he expects Finney-Smith to return sooner.
McRoberts is dealing with numerous injuries, including ones to his knee, foot, and toe. They’re all contributing to a fourth straight season spent mostly on the bench. However, each time Carlisle has spoken about him, he’s mentioned that McRoberts is making improvements, which is good.
That said, “possibly” is a loaded word. It leaves the door open for anything. While it’s still too early to pass a final judgement on McRoberts’ future with the Mavs, don’t expect him suiting up any time soon.