Splitter (calf) was assigned to the D-League's Delaware 87ers on Tuesday. Splitter hasn't played in an NBA game in more than a calendar year as he continues to battle what's been a very problematic right calf injury. The big man is expected to begin participating in full practices with Delaware this week, and could soon progress to participating in D-League game action. The 76ers haven't stated when they expect Splitter to be 100 percent healthy, but it looks as though the team is hoping he'll be able to return to NBA action before the end of the regular season. The 32-year-old, who came over at the deadline in the Ersan Ilyasova deal, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Splitter (calf) said Thursday that he's "pretty close" to being ready to play in games, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports. Splitter, who was acquired in the Feb. 22 trade of Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks, has been sidelined for the entire season while recovering from a strained right calf, but it appears he's just about past the injury. He was able to put in some two-on-two workouts during Thursday's practice and suggested that he just needed "a little bit more five-on-five" work before getting the green light to play. Once the 76ers activate him, Splitter is expected to serve as the club's third-string center behind Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes, meaning he'll likely be outside of the rotation in most games.
Coach Brett Brown said that Splitter (calf) could report to the D-League's Delaware 87ers as part of his rehabilitation, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Acquired from the Hawks on Feb. 22 as part of the trade that sent Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta, Splitter has yet to debut for the 76ers -- or this season, for that matter -- while he recovers from a right calf strain. Brown noted that Splitter is almost fully recovered from the injury, but because of the long layoff, the team may want him to head to Delaware in order to pick up as much practice time as possible. Splitter could be ready to play with the big club by the end of the month, but even once he's made available, it's unlikely that he'll be a regular part of the team's rotation.
Coach Brett Brown said Monday that Splitter (calf, hip) could be ready to play by the end of March, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports. Splitter has been sidelined all season to the right leg injury and won't be asked to play many meaningful minutes for the 76ers even if Brown's projection for his return proves correct. Instead, the 32-year-old Splitter is expected to offer most of his value to the team in the locker room as one of the few veterans on a young squad.
According to president Bryan Colangelo, Splitter (calf, hip) will continue to rehab with the team and is hopeful in a return before the end of the season, Jake Fisher of Sports Illustrated reports. The center has been battling several injuries throughout the season and has yet to take the court as a a result. However, the 76ers are confident that Splitter could return before the end of year and isn't expected to be waived or bought out. Look for more updates on his status to come as the rehab process continues. There are rumblings that fellow big man Andrew Bogut, who was acquired Thursday, will be bought out by the team, leaving Joel Embiid (knee), Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes as the only active centers on the roster.
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