Fultz (shoulder) took part in 4-on-4 drills at shootaround Wednesday, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Fultz ran with some of the Sixers' deep bench players and was also observed working with the second unit at Wednesday morning's session. While it's encouraging to see the No. 1 pick participating in any basketball activities these days, it's still very much unclear when he'll be back on the court, and Wednesday's report comes just days after GM Bryan Colangelo said that it's possible Fultz misses the rest of the season. Both Fultz and the Sixers continue to play the situation close to the vest, and the rookie will likely continue to work to find his jumpshot over the upcoming All-Star break.
According to general manager Bryan Colangelo, there is a chance Fultz (shoulder) won't return this season, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports. "We hope to see [Fultz] this year. If not, we wait until he's ready to participate, and help and put him in a position to succeed," Colangelo said Friday morning. "That's going to be a determination that's made at some point in the future."
Fultz continues to recover from a lingering muscle issue in his right shoulder and has not seen the court since October 23. The rookie was reportedly able to go through 5-on-5 contact drills back in mid-January but the team seems to be erring on the side of caution considering the injury directly affects his shooting ability. It seems like time is a flat circle for the 76ers, as yet another one of their top rookies could potentially be sidelined for the majority of his first season. Still, it's too early to tell if Fultz will be able to return before seasons end, so look for more updates to come as the No. 1 pick continues to make progress.
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.
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