"That's my goal, the game after all-star," Evans said. "My spirit's real high. My energy is getting there. ... But don't congratulate me just yet."

Evans, whose rugged absence has been frequently lamented by Bryan Colangelo, the Toronto general manager who acquired him for Jason Kapono in an off-season trade, has yet to return to full-contact practising.

But Evans said he has been encouraged by the results of his rigorous rehabilitation to the damaged ligaments in his left foot.

On Tuesday Evans, 29, said he was put through a workout that involved quick, random cutting and "a little sprinting."