Ellis, who has missed the team's first 21 games after injuring his left ankle in an offseason motorized scooter accident, worked out on an elliptical trainer on the sideline at the team's practice facility Tuesday afternoon. He has been cleared to work on rehabilitation for conditioning and strengthening to pave the way for his return to the lineup.
After the sideline workout, he walked without a limp to the training room and left the facility without speaking to reporters.
"You can see the fire in his eyes that he really wants to practice with us and play. He really misses basketball," center Andris Biedrins said Tuesday, according to The San Jose Mercury News. "I think he'll be really happy when he comes back."
Ellis tore ligaments in his ankle in the accident, which came weeks after he signed a six-year, $66 million contract. The team suspended him for 30 days without pay after it became clear that he had been hurt in an accident and not while playing pickup basketball, as he had initially claimed. The NBA uniform player contract prohibits players from riding motorized scooters.
Although the team has yet to announce an official timeline for Ellis' return, his teammates were glad to see him on the sideline working toward his comeback.
"It was great to see," forward Anthony Randolph said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "It lets us know that the time is coming when we'll be getting our missing piece back."