Knicks G Tim Hardaway Jr. participated in contact practice on Saturday and will undergo a bone scan next week, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Hardaway has been sidelined for more than a month due to a stress injury to his leg, but he said he hopes he can return to full-court action following the bone scan.
"I've been (circling games to come back) since I've been out, from the first two weeks," he said, according to the Daily News. "First, I was itching to get back on Christmas, knew that wasn't going to happen. Then I was itching to go back home to play in Miami (Friday) in front of my home town. It's just painful not be out there. I definitely had those two games circled on my calendar. But that's how life works."
Hardaway said he might be able to return to games when the team travels to the west coast, reports the New York Post. "Hopefully if not this next week [upcoming], the week after that," he said.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the team has missed Hardaway's presence during his absence.
"He's a big part of our team," Hornacek said, according to the Daily News. "We've been close in these games and you figure if you add one of your top players back that might be enough to get you over the hump in these games."
Hardaway has averaged 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game -- all career highs -- in 21 games since returning to the Knicks.