INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert returned to practice Monday, although the Cavs said they have not yet been cleared for full basketball activities. They did, however, take part in contact portions of practice. Both players remain without a timeline to return.
“We had a moderated practice that we were able to get them to take part in a good piece of it,” coach David Blatt said. “Day to day, making a little bit more progress.”
Both Irving and Shumpert went hard enough in practice to work up a good sweat. Shumpert is able to shoot with his surgically-repaired right wrist and Blatt conceded he is ahead of schedule.
“That doesn’t mean he’s coming back tomorrow,” Blatt said. “But I would say he’s very much further along the line than most people would be at the same phase.”
Shumpert was projected to miss at least three months following wrist surgery, meaning he wasn’t due back until the start of the new year at the earliest.
Irving was initially projected to miss up to four months, placing his return in early October. But both he and the Cavs have been cautious during his rehab. Irving declined to talk to reporters and said through a team spokesman he would address his recovery on Wednesday. The Cavs host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.
LeBron James also declined to speak to reporters Monday regarding Kobe Bryant’s retirement. He said through a team spokesman he would talk about Bryant at Tuesday’s morning shootaround.