Report: Sixers guard Markelle Fultz back in Philly to continue shoulder rehab but still no timetable for return to lineup
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has returned to Philadelphia to continue his shoulder rehab. However, there is still no timetable for his actual return to the lineup, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Fultz will be present while the 76ers battle the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday afternoon.
He had been undergoing therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome in California and will now begin to ramp up his therapy in hopes of returning to the team at some point this season, per Wojnarowski.
The second-year guard has been sidelined since Nov. 19 with a shoulder injury. On the year overall, Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 22.5 minutes per game while shooting 41.9 percent from the floor, 28.6 percent from three-point range and an abysmal 56.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Fultz, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Washington, was originally selected by Philadelphia with the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
The top selection originally belonged to the Boston Celtics, but the Celtics traded with the Sixers to pick up the No. 3 overall pick and a conditional draft choice that turned out to be the Sacramento Kings’ first-rounder this year.
With that third pick, Boston chose Jayson Tatum, so it seems safe to say that the 76ers probably regret making that deal.
Fultz played in just 14 games during his rookie campaign as he dealt with a strange shoulder issue that was never really diagnosed until this season, registering just 7.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 boards across 18.1 minutes a night while making 40.5 percent of his field-goal attempts and 47.6 percent of his foul shots.
The 20-year-old only attempted one three-pointer on the year, as it was obvious that he was actually afraid of taking jump shots, due to either his shoulder problem and/or a lack of confidence in general.