Ricky Rubio has been making incremental strides since March surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

"The doctors said he was progressing faster than normal, and normal was supposed to be in January," Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said. "Faster than normal would be December. He's going to start running and stuff in a few weeks."

Taylor is optimistic about his team’s chances of making the playoffs next season.

"That's a high challenge, but I'm not going to shy away from it," Taylor said. "We've got a very good coach (Rick Adelman) and some of the players that he wanted, and without injuries, and if Ricky can get back soon, that should be our goal, to be in the playoffs."