Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick returned to practice on Tuesday and expects to play when the Clippers take on the Sacramento Kings in a preseason game Friday night.
“My assumption is Friday would be a go,” Redick told Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles Tuesday. “There might be some minutes restrictions but there was no residual soreness from yesterday so I should be a go.”
Redick suffered what was labeled as a left quad contusion and missed two weeks of practice.
He was initially projected to miss about 10 days.
“It wasn’t serious but significant enough where two weeks of rest was the required time off,” Redick said. “It wasn’t just a thigh bruise. I probably would have been able to play through that.”
Redick was part of a big offseason for the Clippers, which included the acquisition of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
Redick was drafted by the Orlando Magic in 2006 with the 11th overall pick. He remained with the Magic until he was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal involving forward Tobias Harris last season. Redick was acquired via a sign-and-trade by the Clippers in the offseason.
Redick averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Bucks and Magic last season.