Sixers guard Markelle Fultz has returned to Philadelphia to continue rehabilitation, but there are still no expectations from the team as to when he will return to a practice or game setting, PhillyVoice has learned.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report on Fultz’s continued rehabilitation, as he revealed in a series of tweets on Tuesday that Fultz would work on his physical therapy in Philadelphia, having spent most of the last month and a half in Los Angeles.
Speaking with team sources on Saturday afternoon, PhillyVoice has learned that beyond Fultz’s return to the lineup, the Sixers remain uncertain of when they can expect Fultz to return even to a team practice setting. From their purview, Fultz’s return to the Philadelphia area is strictly to continue his physical therapy, with the subsequent steps in his return to play yet to be determined.
While Fultz’s return to the franchise will be welcomed as a positive sign by many, the uncertainty regarding his status speaks to the unorthodox nature of this situation. The Sixers, other than having a team representative monitoring his progress on the West Coast, have been operating at the discretion of Fultz and his agent, Raymond Brothers.
To that end, the Sixers remain uncertain of what this means for Fultz’s presence around the team even in the immediate term. Late next week, the Sixers will depart for a trip out west, beginning with a game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, January 26. At this time, team officials would not commit to Fultz traveling with the team in any capacity, even in street clothes, claiming it’s, “too early to tell.”
And so with Fultz returning back to Philly for the time being, everything remains up in the air and largely at the discretion of Fultz’s camp. Sixers representatives insisted the team continues to hope he’ll return to play this season, but noted that with their inability to commit to a timeframe for a return to practice yet, it would be inappropriate to make any assurances about a return to the lineup.
Since news dropped immediately following Brett Brown’s pregame availability for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma City, we will not hear an official comment from a member of the team’s brain trust until after the game. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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