Bam Adebayo would reappear on Monday against the Raptors

After a six-week absence following right thumb surgery, Miami Heat All-Star center Bam Adebayo is aiming to return against the Toronto Raptors on Monday, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Adebayo has been preparing for a return in practice, and his comeback comes with the Heat moving up to second place in the Eastern Conference with wins in seven of their last nine games.

Adebayo, who has averaged 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds this season, had a thumb procedure Dec. 5 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Without Adebayo, the Heat have benefited from the solid play at center of Omer Yurtseven, who has averaged about 11 points and 14 rebounds in 10 games.