Fultz will not be a member of Philadelphia's summer league roster, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Already considered a long shot to participate in Las Vegas this summer, it is now confirmed that Fultz will not being playing in the summer league ahead of his second season. Famously dealing with a jump shot that seemed to mysteriously disappear after he left college, the former guard of the Washington Huskies has been working on his form and has reportedly started over completely from scratch, meaning that he will be held from game action until he has a sturdier foundation that can be repeated in full speed situations.
Fultz is considered unlikely to play for the Sixers' summer league entry, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Sixers are yet to publicly clarify Fultz's status, but The Inquirer's report implies that that second-year guard is essentially rebuilding his jumper from scratch this summer, and he's still in the relatively early stages of that process. Fultz is reportedly limited to "foundational-type" shooting drills at this time, and it seems rather unlikely that he'll make enough progress to play in the Las Vegas Summer League, which kicks off July 6. The hope is that Fultz, who returned late in his rookie season after missing several months, will have a revamped jumpshot in time for the start of next season. "I think that by the end of the summer, it will be perfect," shooting coach Drew Hanlen said of Fultz's jumpshot. "And he'll be back rolling and he'll show people why he was the number one pick."
Fultz didn't leave the bench in Saturday's victory as he continues to work his way back into the regular rotation.
Coach Brett Brown opted to play Ben Simmons for the entire second half, leaving Fultz mired to the pine. He has had some good moments since making his return from a shoulder injury and this was likely a matchup thing. The 76ers will now return home where they look to secure the series and Fultz could play more of a role in that one depending on the nature of the scoreline.
Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said after the team's morning shootaround that Fultz would act as the backup point guard Thursday against the Heat in Game 3 of the series, Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Brown's comments suggest that T.J. McConnell may be dropped from the rotation as a result, but that wouldn't necessarily open up extended run for Fultz. Starting point guard Ben Simmons logged 39 minutes in Game 2, leaving minimal court time available for Fultz (five minutes) and McConnell (six minutes). If Thursday's game remains reasonably competitive, it's likely that Simmons would handle a similar workload, so Fultz could struggle to crack double-digit minutes even if he absorbs McConnell's court time.
Fultz finished with 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, and one block in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 130-95 win over the Bucks.
Fultz was one of four reserves to earn 25-plus minutes, as 76ers coach Brett Brown looked to get his starters some rest with the score being so lopsided. Based on the fact that Fultz notched his first career triple-double, including career highs in scoring, rebounding, and assists, it's safe to say he has found his form heading into the postseason. Expect Fultz to continue running the show for the second unit.
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