It appears Iman Shumpert will make his long-awaited season debut on Friday night, as the Cleveland Cavaliers will battle the Magic in Orlando.
Shumpert, who has been out of action since undergoing wrist surgery prior to the start of the campaign, is expected to suit up for Cleveland if the 25-year-old guard comes through shootaround and pregame warmups feeling well.
“We’re hopeful he can get out there,” coach David Blatt told members of the media.
Following shootaround, Shumpert posted this on his twitter:
Shumpert averaged 8.0 points, 2.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game last season between the New York Knicks and Cavs. The guard was acquired mid-season from New York, along with guard J.R. Smith.
Smith, however, was ruled out of Friday night’s game due to illness. He did not travel with the team to Orlando on Thursday.
Kyrie Irving, who has been rehabbing alongside Shumpert, is not ready to make his season debut yet. The 23-year-old point guard is nearing a return from off-season knee surgery.
There is a chance Irving could play on Tuesday night in Boston.
Friday’s tipoff between the Cavs (14-7) and Magic (12-10) is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.