Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond confirmed this week that forward Jabari Parker will be able to participate in training camp, but remained wary about how much Parker will actually practice and eventually play.
"Wherever he's at, if we think he can play 30 minutes, we'll probably have him play 15." Hammond told Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Wherever it might be, I think we're always going to be cautious with him."
Parker tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season on Dec. 15 after playing in only 25 games. Since then Parker's rehab has seemingly gone as well as could be expected, with the 20-year-old forward reportedly reshaping his body while training with strength and conditioning coach Suki Hobson at the Bucks' practice facility in St. Francis.
Coach Jason Kidd says they will monitor Parker's status and examine his body before camp begins.
"His body has changed and his spirits are extremely high right now, being on the court." Kidd told Gardner. "We'll see how it goes before training camp to see if he's able to do things."
It's clear the Bucks are taking things slow with their prized second-year forward.
"We're not going to rush him back." Kidd said. "This is a bigger picture. We would love to have him on the floor as much as possible. Hopefully, we get him on the floor in training camp and go from there."
The Bucks will hold media day this Monday at their training facility before departing to Madison in the afternoon. The team will hold its first camp practice Tuesday on the University of Wisconsin campus.