Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was ruled out for the season in January when blood clots were discovered in his lungs, but the 29-year-old was cleared to return to practice on Friday and could play in the Nets’ first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. Here’s the official statement given by Nets general manager Billy King (via Nets.com):
“Mirza has been cleared to resume basketball-related activities. Mirza will be listed as OUT for games, and if his status changes, we will update at the appropriate time.”
Teletovic practiced fully on Friday, and while he’s ruled out for now, that could change if he feels good and the doctors give him the go-ahead, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:
“I mean, I just had the first practice, so I’m trying to get back into it,” Teletovic said after the Nets practiced at their New Jersey facility. “They’re going to look at it and see, and then probably decide if I’ll play or not play, but for now I’m just happy to be back.”
Teletovic last played on Jan. 22 against the Los Angeles Clippers. He left that game when he complained of shortness of breath and was taken to the hospital, where the blood clots were discovered.
Teletovic averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 points while shooting 38.2 percent overall and 32.1 percent from three in 40 games.