The Dallas Mavericks may be getting a valuable contributor back in time for the new year. Josh McRoberts could make his debut as a Maverick Sunday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.
"McRoberts is getting closer," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle told Sefko on Saturday. "We'll see where he is in the morning. I think there's an outside chance, because of our roster situation—having only 11 guys available—that he could be active. But it's less than 50-50. We'll talk about it tomorrow."
McRoberts started on-court activities in practice a few weeks ago as he works to return from a myriad of injuries. He’s currently listed as dealing with a knee issue on the injury report.
While the Mavs’ roster is replete with big men, having a healthy McRoberts in the fold could pay dividends. Carlisle continually preaches about playmaking and the need to have playmakers on the court. McRoberts’ passing skills could be just the ticket, adding another wrinkle to the team’s ball movement while he’s on the floor. Beyond that, simply having another healthy body goes a long way.
If McRoberts is able to suit up and play against the Thunder, it will likely come as a surprise to the naysayers who counted him out for the season. Though it’s far from a certainty that he’ll play, it’s nice to see that he’s worked his way back from injury and is ready to resume his NBA career.