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Markelle Fultz to be re-evaluated early next week

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Markelle Fultz will be re-evaluated early next week for thoracic outlet syndrome, which he was diagnosed with nearly one month ago (December 4th).

LOS ANGELES – Markelle Fultz will be reevaluated early next week for thoracic outlet syndrome, according to multiple sources.

When the Sixers first officially announced that Markelle Fultz was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, the press release delivering the message also stated that Fultz would be “out indefinitely.” So this newest update (I’m using ‘update’ generously here) in and of itself does not at all mean that Fultz is nearly cleared to play or anything along those lines, but... maybe the timing suggest the team believes he could be returning soon?

Markelle Fultz has been rehabilitating from thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) in Los Angeles with renowned sports physical therapist Dr. Judy Seto, whom I briefly profiled here. However, Fultz has been with the Sixers for some recent games, providing his team support in street clothes. Some might suggest his attendance indicates that his time with Dr. Seto is wrapping up. As I understand it, TOS doesn’t have a clean progression to some point when the syndrome simply ceases to exist. TOS recovery can see setbacks and a long time table for return. Hopefully Fultz is close to returning to the court, but the very last thing for anyone to request of him would be to rush back before he’s fully healed.