Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play this season because of knee soreness, will begin practicing in one to two weeks, with an eye toward returning this season, CSN Philly reported.

Bear in mind, though, that he has repeatedly missed target dates for his debut for the Sixers. Still, he has a vested interest in getting on the court at some point this season.

Bynum needs to show that he's even somewhat healthy if he's going to cash in as a free agent this summer.

Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011-12 and was a key piece of the multi-team Dwight Howard trade last year.

A talented 7-footer with multiple skills, Bynum faces trouble getting a long-term deal this summer if he sits out the entire 2012-13 season.

Even if he hits his new target date, the Sixers (22-29) will likely be without him until at mid-March. By that time, there will only be only 20 or so games remaining in what appears to be a lost season—for him and for the 76ers.