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.
Splitter has been battling hip and calf injuries all season long, and while Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said the big man is continuing to make progress, his return to the floor is still not coming anytime soon. With that said, Splitter contracts expires after this season and he will then be a free agent, so he likely wouldn't be worked into the 76ers' rotation this season even if he did return from injury. Rather, with Ilyasova's departure, Dario Saric is in line to see a major minutes increase at the power forward position through the final stretch of the regular season.
Coach Mike Budenholzer indicated that while Splitter (calf, hip) is making progress, a return to the court isn't imminent, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He is continuing to make progress," Budenholzer said of Splitter. "He is doing more in practice situations. I think the thing is he has to do that for a sustained period of time."
Splitter has been out all season with the hip and calf injuries, but the Hawks haven't given up hope for the big man to return at some point over the team's final 26 contests. Even if Splitter is able to increase his activities and log multiple practices in a row within the next few weeks, he'll likely only serve in a minor capacity off the bench behind starting center Dwight Howard once he returns.
Splitter (hip, calf) has been doing increased work in his rehabilitation lately and could return to action at some point after the All-Star break, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
It doesn't appear that Splitter is on the cusp of returning to full practices, but this update nonetheless qualifies as good news for the center, who has been sidelined all season with the injuries. Splitter will give the Hawks some added depth at center once he returns to game action, but after averaging only 16.1 minutes per game when he was healthy last season, he's not a player who needs to be stashed in most formats.
It appears safe to assume that the Hawks will hold Splitter out until at least -- but likely beyond -- the All-Star break, as there's been little in the way of reports surrounding his recovery from the right calf strain. Mike Muscala should serve as the primary backup to starting center Dwight Howard until further notice.
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