New Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams may not be ready for the Mavericks’ season opener against the Phoenix Suns due to a strained right calf, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Injuries limited Williams’s effectiveness with the Brooklyn Nets the last few years, which helped lead to a buyout this summer. Things certainly aren’t getting off to a good start in Dallas, as the point guard hasn’t even made it through a full practice.
Williams strained his left calf right before training camp began, and then he strained his right calf in his first practice. He’s set to miss the rest of the preseason, and based on what Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said, it sure sounds like Williams won’t be ready for Oct. 28:
“He’s doing better, but he will not play in the exhibition games,” Carlisle said. “We’ll see if we can get him ready for the opener. It’s been a frustrating thing for him, but we’re making progress. We’ll get there. I just don’t have a timetable.”
In addition to Williams, it’s still unclear whether Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons will be ready for the opener. Matthews appears to be ahead of Parsons at this time, but there’s a chance all three players don’t suit up.