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While the Sixers are in the running for a playoff berth this year after bottoming out for multiple seasons, the status of No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz continues to cast a dark cloud over a fairly sunny season in Philadelphia. Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo admitted that it’s possible Fultz won’t play again in 2017/18 (Twitter link via Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer).

As Derek Bodner of The Athletic tweets, Colangelo’s comments don’t necessarily mean that Fultz is likely to sit out the next two months. Still, the latest update doesn’t exactly sound promising.

“There’s always a chance that he’s going to be out there soon, and there’s a chance that he’s not going to play this year,” Colangelo said, per Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia (Twitter link). “I can’t answer that question because we don’t know the answer to that.”

The rookie point guard has had to completely rebuild the muscle memory in his shooting mechanics during his absence, according to Bodner. Addressing Fultz’s current shooting range, Colangelo said today that it’s “within the paint.” The Sixers president later cut his media session short, walking away without comment after being asked when he would issue the next update on Fultz’s status (Twitter links via Bodner).

Fultz, 19, appeared in just four games this season before being shut down by the 76ers due to a scapular muscle imbalance and soreness in his right shoulder. According to Bodner, the team still isn’t sure whether that injury was caused by Fultz changing his shot, or if he changed his shot as a result of the injury.

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