Andrew Bynum could begin full practice by the end of this week and may return to the Philadelphia 76ers shortly thereafter unless he has a setback with his ailing knees, according to Tony DiLeo.

"We're hoping for the first of February for practice," DiLeo said. "But we have to just wait and see how it goes. He's done a lot of work, but he hasn't had to go hard and stop and start. That will be important."

Barring setback, the 76ers are hoping to bring back Bynum for a game or two before the All-Star break. Seeing him back on the court before the break would allow the 76ers to evaluate the center.

"We're saying all-star break," DiLeo said. "It could be a little before the break or a little after. Both are possible."