Fultz is still dealing with some discomfort in his right shoulder, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. "It's my understanding that there is still some discomfort from time to time," coach Brett Brown said in regards to Fultz. "And I think that's part of recognizing that there's still some sort of erratic shooting, that it's not where it used to be yet." While Fultz has been able to go through full-contact 5-on-5 drills at practice, the Sixers still aren't comfortable clearing him for games as he continues to deal with some soreness in his shoulder that is impacting his ability to shoot the ball. Coach Brown made it sound like the team will wait until that's not the case, so Fultz could still miss significant time moving forward. Consider him out indefinitely until the Sixers note otherwise and even when he's ultimately cleared, Fultz will likely be eased back into the action.
Fultz (shoulder) won't play Thursday against the Celtics, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Though Fultz resumed taking contact Sunday and is in the final stage of his lengthy recovery from right shoulder soreness, as 76ers head coach Brett Brown suggested days earlier, the rookie guard will remain sidelined for the team's only game of the week. If Fultz fares well during the 76ers' practices over the weekend, he'll have a realistic shot at suiting up for the team's subsequent game Jan. 15 against the Raptors, but would likely face some restrictions if he plays. In any event, Fultz's impending return makes him an attractive pickup in leagues where he's available, though owners should temper expectations in his first few games back.
Fultz (shoulder) went through a full contact 5-on-5 practice Sunday, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. It was reported at the start of January that Fultz was cleared for the final stage of his return program, so this falls in line with the fact that he appears to nearing a return. Full-contact 5-on-5 scrimmaging is typically the last step in the recovery process for most players, which means Fultz could be on the brink of getting back on the court. According to coach Brett Brown, Fultz is not expected to play Thursday against Boston, which would mean his next opportunity to take the court will be next Monday against the Raptors. The Sixers will also likely bring Fultz along slowly, so there could be some playing time restrictions early on once cleared.
Fultz (shoulder) has been officially cleared to begin "the final stage of his return-to-play program," Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philly reports. Circumstances surrounding Fultz's return from a "shoulder imbalance" have been clouded, at best, but the team issued a release Tuesday that would seem to imply the No. 1 overall pick could be back on the court for game action in the near future. According to the team, Fultz will be gradually re-integrated into practices and training sessions, while continuing to build up his conditioning. Overall, it's a fairly vague update, but more information should be available once Fultz is back to participating in full-speed practices. The 19-year-old has not played since Oct. 23.
Fultz (shoulder) will join the 76ers for their upcoming road trip, which begins with Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers and ends Sunday against the Suns, and is expected to increase his workload, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. There's still no timetable for a return, but this news is certainly encouraging for fantasy owners who have held onto Fultz. More information should be available once he's officially re-evaluated, which could certainly happen during or immediately after the road trip. Once he returns, it would likely mean fewer minutes for the likes of Jerryd Bayless and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
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