Napheesa Collier could join Lynx in ‘spot situations’ before season ends

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Napheesa Collier joined the Minnesota Lynx for practice Wednesday for the first time since giving birth to her daughter in late May.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve revealed that the forward did some light work Wednesday, which the coach called five-on-zero. While Collier remains far from game action, the team aims to ramp up her training in the next few weeks.

She is expected to join the team on the road next week.

“It’s nice we have a couple practices and a shoot-around [this week],” Reeve said. “The idea is to progress into next week, as we go on the road, and actually have some practice time on the road.

“I’d say segments. Segments of practice,” Reeve continued, outlining the plan for Collier. “I don’t think we’re going to get to the point where we feel that Phee can do things fully by the time the season ends. I don’t see that.”

The Lynx, who are in 10th place (two places out of a playoff spot), have nine games left in the regular season. Collier has expressed her desire to play with friend Sylvia Fowles before the season ends. Fowles is in her final WNBA season after announcing her plan to retire in February.

Collier is making her way back from maternity leave. She gave birth to daughter Mila in May and rejoined the team earlier this month.

“So the heart rate is what the biggest challenge is,” Reeve said. “That and legs. I mean, her legs aren’t anywhere near ready. So she progressed a little bit.”

But that doesn’t mean that Collier won’t grace the court at all for the Lynx.

“I see maybe spot situations, possibly, for her,” Reeve said.