Noel (thumb) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Lakers and Saturday's game against the Jazz, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports. Noel -- out since Nov. 22 due to a broken thumb -- won't have an opportunity to work his way back into the rotation until at least Monday, though there's no guarantee he'll be available that day. More information on his availability should emerge as the team continues to go through practices and shootarounds throughout the weekend.
Noel (thumb) will remain out Friday against the Lakers, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports. Noel has not played since Nov. 22 while recovering from surgery on his left thumb, but the prevailing belief is that the Mavs will give him another chance to work his way into the rotation over the final two months of the season. The former lottery pick averaged nearly 20 minutes per game through the first few weeks of the season but quickly fell out of the regular rotation and subsequently opted to have the procedure in early December. It's unclear when, exactly, Noel might return to game action, but he's unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact this season as the Mavs shift their focus toward improving their draft position.
Noel (thumb) could return for Friday's game against the Lakers, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports. While it seems Noel's status for Friday is still completely up in the air, it's at least clear that the big man is nearing a return to the hardwood after being out since late November with a torn ligament in his thumb. Expect another update on Noel to come following the team's shootaround Friday morning, but it looks like Noel should be back in the lineup no later than next week.
The Mavericks have no plans of buying out Noel's (thumb) contract and are hopeful he can return to the court after the All-Star break, Marc Stein of The New York Times reports. Noel hasn't played since tearing a ligament in his thumb in late November and with his extended absence have come rumors of a possible buyout from his one-year deal with the Mavericks. However, it appears the 23-year-old will remain in Dallas until at least the end of the season, with the Mavericks aiming to get him back on the court in the near future.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday that Noel (thumb) has progressed to five-on-zero and non-contact drills, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports. Carlisle is hopeful that Noel will be available shortly after the All-Star break. After re-signing with the Mavericks on a one-year deal in August, Noel has done little to bolster his value on the open market in his first full season in Dallas. Noel has occupied only a fringe spot in the rotation for the Mavericks, averaging 4.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game over 18 appearances before requiring thumb surgery in early December. While it appears he's on the mend and trending toward a return within a few weeks, Noel could find himself behind Dwight Powell, Salah Mejri and Dirk Nowitzki in the pecking order at center once he's healthy again.
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