SAN ANTONIO – While he’s doing much better than he was last week this time, Raymond Felton still doesn’t have a timetable on when he’ll be able to practice full-time.
"Hopefully very soon,’’ the nine0year veteran point guard said following Tuesday morning’s practice at the AT&T Center. "We’ll see what happens the next couple of days.’’
Acquired by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade with the New York Knicks on June 25, Felton suffered a high right ankle sprain during his team’s Oct. 10 preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since it was just the Mavs’ second preseason game, they’ve had little to go by on how effective Felton fits in with the rest of the team.
"It’s a little frustrating, but they saw me play in training camp,’’ Felton said. "It happens, it was freak accident. Nothing I can do about it, nothing nobody can really do about it.
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"All I can do is stay positive about it and keep working like I’ve been doing – doing what I’ve got to do to rehab – and keep my cardio and my conditioning up and wait until I can back out on the court.’’
Whenever Felton is healthy and ready to play and on the Mavs’ active list, he’ll have to sit out four games because of a suspension handed down by the NBA after he pleaded guilty to gun charges stemming form an incident earlier this year in New York. But for now, the suspension is not even on Felton’s radar.
After Tuesday’s shootaround, Felton went through some drills to detect his lateral movement and see how much pressure he can put on his ankle.
"We’ll see what happens the next couple of days as I try to do those things,’’ Felton said. "I’m out of the boot, I can wear shoes now and I’m actually walking a little bit better.
"I’ve still got a little limp, so I’m definitely not back yet. But it’s getting better, for sure.’’