Fultz practiced in full contact 5-on-5 drills Sunday
There is yet another update in the Markelle Fultz shoulder injury saga, although this is as good news as you're going to get besides him actually returning to action.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jessica Camerato, Fultz was a full participant in 5-on-5 full contact practice today.
Last week, it was announced that Fultz would be entering the final stage of his rehab as part of his "return-to-play" program. Like Camerato said above, there still is no timetable on Fultz's return, although the news of him now playing 5-on-5 drills does seem to signal that his return is imminent. Camerato also had chance to speak with Head Coach Brett Brown on his thoughts on the Sixers rookie's progress on Sunday.
“I thought it looked good. I thought his rise up looked pretty good.” - Brett Brown talks about Fultz’s fundamentals in practice today pic.twitter.com/xmNVFtoecH
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBCS) January 7, 2018
Fultz was drafted by the Sixers with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft after trading up two spots with the Boston Celtics. The Sixers saw something in Fultz that showcased his talent immensely, and would provide a spark on offense that could eventually complement Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Fultz has not played in NBA action since early October, due to shoulder soreness in which the Sixers' medical staff attributed it to "scapular muscle imbalance."
But with this update, this is just another great sign for the impending return of Fultz.
Josh Liddick is Sixers managing editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoshLiddickTalk.