Puccio added that Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson didn't specifically mention a minutes restriction for Russell, but did talk about “integrating” the point guard back into things.
Russell underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after leaving the Nets' 114-106 loss against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 11 in the fourth quarter.
Drafted No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015, Russell was traded to the Nets last June. The 21-year-old was having a breakout season before his knee injury, averaging 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.
The Nets enter Friday's game with a 16-29 record, four wins away from matching their total from the 2016-17 season.