Dallas Mavericks fans can breath a sigh of relief. According to Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle, the groin strain that point guard Delon Wright suffered in Saturday’s game against the Pelicans isn’t as serious as first thought.
Carlisle stated that the fifth-year guard does not have a timetable for return, but he has not yet been ruled out for the Mavs’ Thursday matchup against the Detroit Pistons in Mexico.
Carlisle said Delon Wright (groin strain) will not play vs. the Kings tonight. Ryan Broekhoff will be active.
Said Wright “dodged a bullet in terms of it being a serious thing.” Doesn’t have a timetable but didn’t rule Wright out for Thurs.
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) December 8, 2019
Although Wright is not a star on the team, the 6-foot-5 guard has given Dallas valuable minutes off the bench to start the season. In 22 games, the former Utah University playmaker has averaged 7.5 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from deep.
In a Nov. 25 game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Wright scored a season-high 20 points off the bench to help the Mavs towards a 123-116 win.
The 27-year-old has played in three different teams since being drafted No. 20 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.
After being traded to Memphis last year as a part of the Marc Gasol trade, Wright was sent to Dallas in the offseason as a part of a sign-and-trade deal that sent two future second round picks to the Grizzlies. As part of the deal, Wright agreed to a three-year $29 million deal with the team.
With Luka Doncic being the primary playmaker so far for Dallas, Wright’s playmaking ability, size and defense have proven to be quite valuable for the team.
If Wright is ruled out for the Pistons game, his next chance to play would be on Dec. 14 against the Miami Heat.