According to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Shumpert will go through the Cavs' shootaround and pregame work in hopes of playing. Shumpert has yet to play a game this season after undergoing wrist surgery just after media day in September.
"It's just a feel-out thing," Shumpert said per the NEOMG. "It's been a long road. They don't want to rush me back or anything, and I don't want to rush back. . . . We'll go through shootaround and if everything is straight, I'm going to try to give it a go."
As for Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving, who is also believed to be close to returning to the court, tonight will not be his debut. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and other reports from the Cavs' morning shootaround, Cavs coach David Blatt said 'not yet' in regards to Irving making his much anticipated season debut. Irving has yet to play this season while recovering from surgery to repair the fractured knee cap he suffered against the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
If Shumpert is unable to play, it is unclear whether he will start or come off the bench. There is an opening in the starting five, however, with J.R. Smith not traveling with the team due to an undisclosed illness. According to Haynes, Smith will not play tonight.
Without Shumpert and Irving, the Cavs are 14-7 and atop the Eastern Conference. With Shumpert's return seemingly imminent, the Cavs are a step closer to being full strength for the first time all year.