After Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller said that rookie RJ Barrett might be getting minutes during the game against the Magic, the Knicks officially announced that Barrett is available to play.
The third overall pick was not announced as a starter, though, meaning any minutes would come off the bench.
Barrett has missed the last nine games with a sprained ankle, but said at practice Wednesday that he was aiming to be back "tomorrow."
"Tomorrow is a possibility, but nothing's for sure yet," he said.
The Duke product was a full practice participant, and said his ankle felt good. He was running up and down the court at practice, and was seen taking jumpers from three and pull-up jumpers pregame on Thursday.
"I'm feeling good. Just working every day," he explained at practice. "Y'all saw me running up and down, so I'm feeling a lot better.
"I was having fun just being back out there."
With Marcus Morris traded to the Clippers before the NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m., Barrett may be needed to score from than his 14.1 points per game he currently averages. Morris was the team's leading scorer at 19.6 points per contest.
Miller, though, will likely ease Barrett back out on the hardwood as to make sure his injury is fully healed.