The Sixers have recalled big man Tiago Splitter from the Delaware 87ers of the D-League today, per a team press release. The Brazilian was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks on February 22, but has yet to play a game for the Sixers due to lingering hip and calf injuries. His two-game stint with the Sevens was seen as a rehabilitative protocol before rejoining the Sixers.
Splitter playing for the Sixers doesn’t seem to bode well for the injury status of center Jahlil Okafor, who has missed the last two games with “knee soreness,” an issue that has been plaguing him since getting surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee more than a year ago last March. Brett Brown even said that he’s “a complete prisoner to [Okafor’s] body and medical news” at this point in the season, per the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey. Our own Jake Pavorsky took a deep dive into the Okafor situation this afternoon.
Splitter will join a fronctourt rotation that features an improving Richaun Holmes at the starting center spot, presumed Rookie of the Year favorite Dario Saric at power forward and fellow D-League call-up Shawn Long.