Evan Mobley hasn’t played for the Cleveland Cavaliers since the team’s game against the Orlando Magic on December 6.
Since then, he has undergone a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation process for an injured knee.
But Mobley is getting closer and closer to returning, as made clear by a photo shared by Chris Fedor on Twitter.
“Look who is back for #Cavs (at shootaround),” Fedor wrote, adding a picture of Mobley on the court.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) January 29, 2024
This is a big step forward for Mobley, who was seen on the practice court recently, posting shots and chatting with his teammates.
But when we last got a look at Mobley, he was still wearing a knee brace.
The brace was gone in the photo shared by Fedor on Monday morning, suggesting that he is getting very close to being back on the court with his team.
In fact, Mobley was listed as “questionable” for Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
No matter when he starts to play again, it is expected that Mobley will have limited minutes as he completely recovers and gains the speed and strength he needs.
Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell, who injured his groin at the end of the recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks, is listed as probable for Monday night’s game.
There is also still no definitive timetable for Darius Garland’s return.
Mobley is without a brace and playing in shootaround, Mitchell is probable, and Garland is headed in the right direction.
That means the Cavaliers are almost fully healthy and ready to take on the second half of the season.
Will there be an adjustment period for the team when all of these athletes are back together or will they immediately start working perfectly again?