James, who suffered the injury Christmas Day in the Lakers’ win over the Golden State Warriors, has been sidelined for two weeks so far, with the team going 3-5 in his absence.
The four-time MVP was evaluated by L.A.’s team medical staff Thursday and they determined “the healing of James’ groin injury is progressing,” per the Lakers.
Furthermore, James has been “cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements,” the team said in a statement.
Thus far, James has done very little basketball activity since the injury outside of standstill shooting.
The Lakers fly to Utah on Thursday for a game against the Jazz on Friday. James will not join them.
The Lakers will provide another status update on James next Wednesday, ahead of their game Thursday in Oklahoma City.