Jimmy Butler was in good spirits, wearing brightly-colored sneakers and shooting—one long-distance shot off one foot, on a basket on the other end of the floor, went in, then hit a news camera while Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was addressing the media—Friday at the Berto Center.

The third-year swingman is still sidelined, but is making progress in his recovery from a right turf-toe injury, suffered in the second half of the Bulls’ last home game before the “Circus Trip,” a win over Charlotte at the United Center. The Bulls didn’t do much at Wednesday’s practice other than shoot, walk through some offensive sets and watch film, but Butler was just happy to be a participant.

“I’m at the Berto right now, feeling good,” he quipped, when asked where he was, physically. “I get to be around my guys. I missed them. That road trip, I got to watch them on TV, but it’s different or whatever. I get to see their faces. I had a huge smile on my face this morning, just because I got to see them.”

Butler will travel to Cleveland with the team for Saturday night’s road game against the Cavaliers, but he while he is “getting closer,” according to Thibodeau, the return of the team’s starting shooting guard isn’t imminent.

“He didn’t do a whole lot. His rehab, some shooting. He’s coming along, but he’s still not there,” Thibodeau said. “He says he’s feeling a lot better. he hasn’t done anything on the court, so he has to practice first. So the swelling’s down, but he’s still not close to 100 percent. But he’s much improved, so we feel good about his improvement. We’ll see where he is tomorrow and the next few days.”

Butler described his current health status, but couldn’t put a timetable on when he’d be back in the lineup.