Signs are pointing to a return for Udonis Haslem.

The Heat's co-captain and inspirational leader, Haslem practiced back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since tearing a tendon in his left foot in November.

Coach Erik Spoelstra called the benchmark a significant step in Haslem's recovery and said a meeting with the Heat's coaches, training staff and Haslem is scheduled to discuss a potential return.

"We will have discussions in the next few days to evaluate very clearly where he is right now," Spoelstra said.

The back-to-back practices were "probably the first real significant step of progress that he's had. He hasn't been able to do that until now."

Haslem participated in a full-contact practice Tuesday and then went through the Heat's entire shootaround Wednesday morning. Before Wednesday, Haslem was required to sit a day or two after practicing as a precautionary step.

Guard Dwyane Wade, who has returned from shoulder surgery in the past, said Haslem's back-to-back practices were positive signs. Wade said Haslem looked "quick and efficient" both days.

"The huge thing for anyone coming off surgery, especially in U.D.'s case, is being able to go back-to-back after you do something like that to see how you feel the next day," Wade said. "His body is going to tell him when he's ready, and I think as a team we will all know exactly, so it's been positive to see him practice [Tuesday] — go through a hard practice."