CHICAGO -- Nene will still be playing under a minutes restriction for Game 1 vs. the Chicago Bulls, but for the first time since Feb. 23 he's back in the starting lineup.
The Wizards made official before tipoff what CSN Washington confirmed more than a day ago about the Brazilian's changing status.
Nene has been averaging about 20 minutes since returning April 9. He'd missed 21 games because of a left knee ligament strain.
The move sends Trevor Booker back to the bench.
Nene said before practice Sunday morning that how many minutes he plays will be determined by how he feels.