Entering his second week of full practice, Jared Dudley is likely to make an appearance Wednesday when the Wizards play at the Miami Heat or vs. the Toronto Raptors in Montreal on Friday.
Dudley, who had lower back surgery in July to repair a bulging disk, hasn't had any setbacks as he works his way back into form.
"It's not up to me any more, to be honest with you. I'm good to go. I think it's possibly a coach's decision," said Dudley, referring to coach Randy Wittman. "I think that's the next progression. I went live today. I got a lot of reps, probably the most reps I've had. I feel really good defensively. Offensively, I got to get more legs. ...
"If I don't go Wednesday, I would be shocked if I didn't go at least Friday."
The Wizards, who have been without Martell Webster (right hip) and Alan Anderson (left ankle) the entire preseason, plan on using Dudley more as a "stretch" power forward. Where he fits among Drew Gooden and Kris Humphries, the latter of whom has started every exhibition game, is unknown. But Dudley easily could be slotted as the starter or the primary backup at the position to Humphries or Gooden.
Wittman said last week that he wants to be cautious with Dudley to avoid re-injury. Monday, he sounded more willing to let Dudley have more of a say (provided head athletic trainer Eric Waters is on board): "It's up to how he feels. We got another day of practice. If there's any soreness that's not up to me, that's up to the doctors. ... It's kind of early to judge that right now."
And if Dudley does play, he likely will have a minutes restriction which is typical when a player is coming back from a prolonged absence because of injury.
"I'm sure there'll probably (be restrictions) these last two games during the preseason from the standpoint that he hasn't been out there yet," Wittman said. "That's not a question I've asked yet."