December 13, 2018, 12:57 amDirk NowitzkiF, Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is set to make his season debut on Thursday, per a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Rick Carlisle only said "he's getting closer" after Wednesday's game but Nowitzki is expected to be in uniform tomorrow night. He's been dealing with tendon discomfort after undergoing offseason ankle surgery to remove bone spurs in his left foot but has ramped up his practice activity in recent weeks. The Mavs figure to take it slow with their franchise icon, meaning he won't be on the standard-league radar until he's playing unencumbered and without restrictions. It's likely that Dirk settles in as a 14-16-team league player this season, with added appeal in 9-cat formats.