Report: Michael Carter-Williams’ goal is to miss just seven games

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When Michael Carter-Williams had shoulder surgery this offseason, he was given a timeline that meant he’d miss 5-50 games this season.

The 76ers point guard is trying to keep that diagnosis on the low end.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers have set a target date of Nov. 13 for his return, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com.

Philadelphia plays Dallas that day in its eighth game of the season.

You can be sure the tanking 76ers will be as cautious as possible, especially now that the NBA will keep the same lottery format for this season. There’s a chance Carter-Williams, the reigning Rookie of the Year and team’s top player, helps Philadelphia win – which would counteract its short-term goals.

More importantly, as long as winning is not a focus, the 76ers will want to ensure Carter-Williams fully heals. There’s no sense letting this injury become a long-term concern if a little extra rest now would help.