Carlos Boozer was at Bulls practice on Wednesday as usual, but without the heavy, hard cast that has engulfed his right hand and wrist the previous four weeks.
Boozer, who's been sidelined since the first week of training camp with a broken right hand, had the cast removed on Tuesday and was wearing a much smaller splint.
"It's a great step in the right direction," Boozer said. "I got the pins out yesterday, got the cast off and I'm in a splint now. I'm doing some hand stuff to get my range of motion back in my fingers and wrist. I'm doing some exercises and I got cleared to do a lot of running.
"I can't dribble, catch, shoot or carry anything just yet, but those days are soon."
There's still no timetable as to when Boozer will be able to play in a game, but about four weeks from now would be a reasonable estimation.