Dwight Powell is set to travel to Orlando with the team this July despite not being able to play. Powell, who had surgery five months ago to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon, has recently begun light court activities. (Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News)
In commenting on the decision to bring Powell, coach Rick Carlisle said that he is “a guy whose enthusiasm is going to be unwavering no matter what. It’s important that he be down there with us.” Powell was enjoying a productive season before getting injured as he averaged 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .9 steals, and .6 blocks per game. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.