Kanter (forearm) will play during Friday's tilt against the Lakers, Erik Horne of the Oklahoman reports.
As expected, Kanter will take the floor Friday after missing the team's previous 10 games. The Thunder could opt to limit his playing time however, as they've acquired big man Taj Gibson from the Bulls. That being said, Kanter will likely return to his normal role sooner than later, as the Thunder are making a playoff push.
Kanter (forearm) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Lakers, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.
Kanter was upgraded to a full-contact participant in Thursday's practice and came out of it without any setbacks, so the Thunder feel good about his chances for taking the court Friday. That said, even if he's cleared, there's a chance the Thunder opt to limit his playing time after an extended absence of just over four weeks. While Kanter is expected to be available, fantasy owners will still want to check in after the team's morning shootaround Friday to make sure he's officially cleared.
Kanter (forearm) went through a full-contact practice Thursday, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
Kanter took part in a non-contact practice Wednesday, but team doctors now feel comfortable clearing him for full-contact work. That likely means that Kanter is on the brink of a return, although it remains to be seen if the Thunder will push him back into action as soon as Friday's game against the Lakers. It seems more realistic that Kanter misses a game or two more to ease him back into the swing of things and get his conditioning in order, but another update should be provided after Friday's morning shootaround.
Kanter underwent surgery on a fractured right forearm in late January and appears to be right on track in his recovery, after originally expecting to be out four weeks before being reevaluated. He was able to do some light running and five-on-zero work Wednesday, so it sounds promising that he could be available within the next week or so. The
Kanter paid a mighty price for taking his frustration out on a bench chair during Thursday's win over the Mavericks, as he'll now be sidelined for at least a month while recovering from the procedure. A report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski previously projected a six-to-eight-week timetable for Kanter's recovery, and that could still be in play given that the center will still need time to regain conditioning and take part in practices even if he's deemed fully healthy once he's reevaluated at the end of February. For the duration of Kanter's absence, look for coach Billy Donovan to disperse the big man's minutes among frontcourt rotation options Steven Adams, Domantas Sabonis, Jerami Grant and Joffrey Lauvergne.
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