Dirk Nowitzki practiced on Friday without any issues in his right knee.

Nowitzki hopes to avoid undergoing arthroscopic surgery.

"We’ll monitor the swelling, obviously,'' Nowitzki said. "I did the whole practice today and I’ll see how it responds over the weekend.''

Nowitzki said he has had the knee drained twice since camp started.

"If the swelling keeps coming back, I’m not going to play on a swollen knee all season,'' Nowitzki said. "If it comes back a couple more times, then we definitely have to look at something else.''