Monday, December 3, 2007

George could return this week

Devean George could be back on the court later this week, while Eddie Jones’ return could come next week. The schedule for the next few days is San Antonio (Wednesday), Denver (Thursday) and Utah (Saturday).

George will participate fully in Tuesday’s practice in San Antonio. He won’t be under any restriction. Jones will take part in limited contact drills, but that’s still a step forward.

Once he does get back, George won’t be an immediate candidate to replace Jason Terry in the starting lineup. George started 17 games last season at shooting guard, and Avery Johnson has often said that he performed well in that role.

“The guy hasn’t been in training camp or anything,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to let him come off the bench and play in a few games first. Right now Jones is our 1A.”

Jones is still the preferred option in the backcourt, but Johnson plans to stick with Terry for the time being.

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