News: McGary (foot) participated in portions of the Thunder's practice Saturday, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: McGary has yet to compete in his first NBA game but is inching closer to that milestone as his recovery progresses. The rookie still is without a timetable for return, although the next two weeks of practice should be telling of how close he is to making his eventual debut.
News: Jones (knee) currently does not have a timetable for return but is considered day-today, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: After playing significant minutes for the Thunder in their first five games of the season, Jones has now missed the last nine contests with a right knee contusion. The 23-year-old will likely be awarded significant time on the court if he makes his return before Kevin Durant (foot) does, although Durant has begun non-contact drills so the window of opportunity is closing for Jones.
News: Westbrook (hand) will most likely go through the non-contact part of practice Saturday, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Westbrook, like fellow superstar Kevin Durant, will probably attempt to practice with the team Saturday, but only in the non-contact drills. Considering he's limited to non-contact portions of practice, it's clear he'll still be out for a good chunk of time, but either way it's a step in the right direction and evidence that he's progressing in his recovery from his surgically repaired right hand. He should be re-evaluated again in the coming week or two.
News: Durant will participate in non-contact parts of practice on Saturday, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Durant continues to progress from the stress fracture in his foot. He was able to rid himself of his walking boot about a week ago and was shooting jumpers before a few of the games recently. He'll be re-evaluated in the coming week, but it's very good news for the Thunder organization that Durant will be able to participate, even in a limited, non-contact portion of practice.
News: Lamb will come off the bench Friday against the Nets, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Lamb will be replaced by Andre Roberson who has finally returned from a foot injury that costed him nearly two weeks. Lamb was averaging 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds on the season, but that output may decrease with the designation to a bench role. We'll see following Friday's game how much time Lamb still receives.
News: Roberson (foot) will play and start Friday against the Nets, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Roberson finally was able to get back on the court Wednesday, after sitting out two-and-a-half weeks with a foot injury. He played seven minutes and scored three points. Roberson will now enter the lineup as the starter at shooting guard, which will push Jeremy Lamb back to the bench, therefore diminishing his fantasy value. Roberson will reportedly be held to around 20 minutes of game action.