Indiana Pacers guard Mike Dunleavy could be taking a significant step toward his season debut as early as next week.
Dunleavy, who has not played this season because of bone spurs in his right knee, will undergo a test on the knee in the next week to 10 days to see if he is ready to start practicing.
"We're going to see how the next week or so goes," he said. "I have to pass some test in terms of on-court activities, and after that, hopefully, I'll be able to pick it up more and more."
Dunleavy, who missed only 11 games in his first six seasons, has been a spectator in the Pacers' first 18 games.
He attends every practice and game to get treatment on his knee. He spends significant time doing strength and conditioning work on his knee while his teammates practice. He then does on-court drills after practice.
"He's devastated to be out of uniform," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "I would say the same thing about Travis (Diener). This is their livelihood. Michael loves the game of basketball and he also understands he's important to this team.
"We pretty much built this offense with him and Danny (Granger) in mind. He's such a good passer, which is one of the reasons why our turnovers are so high because we don't have him on the court."