The 76ers are expected to provide an update on Markelle Fultz’s right shoulder on Sunday.
Sources expect the first-overall pick in June’s NBA draft will get a positive report while being reevaluated Sunday by surgeon Ben Kibler at the Shoulder Center of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Kilber determined that Fultz had scapular muscle imbalance in addition to soreness in his shoulder during his first visit there on Oct. 29.
The guard previously visited two Major League Baseball doctors who specialize in shoulder injuries. All three doctors confirmed that there’s no structural damage in his shoulder.
Now a positive result by Kilber doesn’t mean that we should expect Fultz to play Monday night against the Utah Jazz at Wells Fargo Center. It just means that he’s coming along according to the plan in his recovery process.
Fultz has participated in passing, shooting drills and dribbling drills after being sidelined since Oct. 25. On Monday morning, following shoot-around, he delivered passes in the low post to the Sixers’ big men at Santa Monica High School in Southern California. He has also looked good and has been pain free in his drills.
“We are trying to integrate him into whatever we can do team-wise to let him stay connected with teammates,” coach Brett Brown said.
They want him to realize he’s on a path to get back on an NBA court. But Brown wouldn’t say what it would take for Fultz to get back on the court.
However, the 19-year-old stated that he would be back soon on social media.