Tom Thibodeau is not ruling out the possibility of Derrick Rose joining the Chicago Bulls in practices later this season.

“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, just going step-by-step,’’ Thibodeau said, when asked if Rose’s return to the practice court was a reality. “When he handles the next phase then they’ll move him onto the next one. Just make sure he’s completely healthy, that’s all we’re thinking about.’’

When asked which rehab phase Rose is in, Thibodeau said: “He can shoot, he’s doing some jogging on a treadmill, he’s coming along. Still got to be patient, go step-by-step, nothing close to practicing.’’

Rose suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee in November and the Bulls released he would be out for the rest of the season.