Markelle Fultz has re joined the Philadelphia 76ers to keep therapy on a shoulder illness, pushing for a return to the line up this season, league sources told ESPN.
There is no time table yet on Fultz playing this year, league sources said.
Fultz flew to a red-eye flight from Los Angeles and came Saturday at Philly, where he met with Sixers officials before the game against Oklahoma City, sources said.
Markelle Fultz has played in just 33 games since being selected at the first overall choice in the 2017 NBA draft.
Fultz, the No. 1 overall selection at the 2017 NBA draft, has been off from the Sixers since seeing several health pros in late November and departing the team for a condition identified as thoracic outlet syndrome. Fultz has been working together with therapists at la since Dec. 6 but did return east for a brief trip at xmas. Fultz left the Sixers to meet with medical pros on Nov. 21 and has never played a game since.
Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, told ESPN three weeks ago that his client is progressing well in rehab on his shoulder and expects Fultz to go back to the team this past year. “We want to ensure he’s 100 per cent and healthy when he can come back,” Brothers told ESPN in xmas.
Brothers stated that Fultz has been regaining strength and freedom in a right shoulder which the representative believes will enhance a jump shot form that has neglected him thus far in the league.
Brothers told ESPN in early December that thoracic outlet syndrome”affects nerves involving the shoulder and neck leading to abnormal operational movement and range of motion, hence severely limiting Markelle’s ability to take a basketball”
There has been a Sixers medical team member on each one of the visits to the pros.
Fultz has got the ability to carry out and follow through on long jump shots, and there is been internal and external debate regarding how much of this vexing circumstance is physical .
“There is no way you are the No. 1 choice in the world and all a sudden you are unable to always raise your arms to take a basketball. Something is physically wrong. Now we have the answer to that issue.”
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.