What you need to know about the new Phoenix Suns

Phoenix (Ariz.)

Suns point guard Derrick Favors is scheduled to begin practicing on Monday and coach Earl Watson said Thursday that he expects the team to have “some good news” about Favors’ recovery.

“He’ll be ready for practice,” Watson said.

“We’re hoping to have some good news tomorrow.”

Favors tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 11, tearing his ACL in the process.

He missed six games before returning and averaging 8.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game in the Suns’ season-opening win against the New York Knicks.

Watson said in a statement on Thursday that the team had been in contact with Favors since Tuesday.

“While we continue to monitor his condition, we believe he is ready to play and return to action,” Watson wrote.

“Coach Watson continues to have confidence in Derrick’s ability to recover and that he will be ready to contribute.”

Watson said on Friday that the Suns will begin a three-game road trip that includes games against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

Watson has said he expects Favors to play during that stretch.

The Suns (30-18) were eliminated from the postseason after losing four of five games to the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets lost four of the first five games they played and then beat the Chicago Timberwolves on Thursday to snap a five-game losing streak.