Miami Heat center Greg Oden will likely be cleared for five-on-five drills next week, according to ESPN.com.
Oden, making a comeback from several knee surgeries, hopes to make his Miami debut in one of the team's final preseason games.
The former No. 1 draft pick has not played in a game since 2009. He was limited to 82 games since being drafted first by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007.
"The next step for me now is just doing some five-on-five work and just getting out there," Oden said. "Every little step for me, I just get excited. I just want to get out there and do more and more, get my wind back, get my legs back under me. I'm hoping in the next couple of weeks I'll be able to get a couple of minutes out there.
"I've got to err on the side of caution," Oden said. "For me, if it doesn't go right, (then) where am I going to be at? So caution, making sure I'm able to play and actually prolong my legs, is my main goal."
The 25-year-old has career averages of 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.