Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving spoke to reporters on Thursday after practice and gave some insight to his potential return.
"Hopefully I can get some game reps, in addition to this practice, but probably in the next week or so," Irving said. "It could be less than that. But I'm going to give myself a week, and see where we go from there after another evaluation."
Irving has been dealing with a shoulder impingement and shoulder bursitis that has kept him sidelined since Nov. 14.
He was able to practice with contact on Thursday, playing in four-on-four and five-on-five, according to Alex Schiffer of The Athletic.
"This is my priority. My goal is to win an NBA championship here being in Brooklyn," Irving said. "And in order to do that we got to raise our level in this organization and create a culture that's at that top level. When you're pushing to be the best, you got to make some sacrifices and do some things around here to push the guys, and I know that they're going to do the same for me."
Irving received a cortisone shot on Dec. 24 instead of getting surgery, although surgery could still be in play.
"After the cortisone, gave me a great stepping stone to continue to progress and work my way back on the floor," Irving said.
The Nets went 4-7 with Irving through the first 11 games of the season, but have since gone 12-13, including a current streak of seven straight losses.
With the Nets playing six of their next seven games at home, it'll be a good opportunity for Irving to slowly make his return.