Tom Thibodeau said his Bulls need a boost. Maybe Richard Hamilton will provide one.

The veteran guard, who missed the last 12 games with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, sounded optimistic about returning to the lineup Saturday night against the Wizards.

"It's looking pretty good,'' Hamilton said after practice Friday. "It's looking real good. We want to see how my body responds in the morning, and me and (Thibodeau) are going to talk.''

Thibodeau was just as hopeful after watching Hamilton participate in a full practice for the first time in weeks.

"Rip was really good today,'' Thibodeau said. "He did the whole practice, moved well. We'll see tomorrow where he's at.''