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Markelle Fultz injury update: Guard will reportedly continue to see specialists through early next week

Markelle Fultz injury update: Guard will reportedly continue to see specialists through early next week

Updated: 4:26 p.m.

Before Wednesday's game, Sixers head coach Brett Brown mentioned that general manager Elton Brand and the Sixers "hoped to give more information" on Markelle Fultz on Friday, though he said an update might come later.

Later it is, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Fultz will continue to see specialists through early next week. The Sixers reportedly plan to update his status with the team after those consultations.

Wojnarowski also writes, "Fultz's Sixers teammates are increasingly concerned about his overall well-being, beyond his struggles on the court."

That's not surprising, given what Sixers players have said publicly. Joel Embiid talked in some depth last Wednesday about trying his best to help Fultz through a "crazy situation."

Fultz hasn't played or practiced with the Sixers since last Tuesday, when Fultz and his agent Raymond Brothers made the decision to hold the second-year guard out until he saw a shoulder specialist in New York on Monday.

Since then, reports have come out that Fultz "could prefer a change in scenery" and would also have his wrist examined, and that Fultz is not in the Sixers' long-term plans.

We'll have to wait a little longer to learn what is gleaned from Fultz's consultations. In the meantime, rumors will surely continue to swirl about his future with the Sixers and possible trade destinations.

Brown said at Thursday's practice that Fultz was present and watched from the sidelines, but he did not participate.

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NBA All-Star voting 2020: Where Sixers' Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons stand as fan voting nears end

NBA All-Star voting 2020: Where Sixers' Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons stand as fan voting nears end

With fan voting set to end on Monday for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the Sixers' Joel Embiid sits third among Eastern Conference frontcourt players and Ben Simmons is eight among guards.

Below are returns from the Western Conference.

Pascal Siakam passed Embiid over the last week. Of course, Embiid suffered a torn ligament in his left ring finger on Jan. 6. He had surgery Friday and did non-contact drills following practice on Thursday.

If Embiid is selected for the All-Star Game and not able to play, Commissioner Adam Silver will name an injury replacement.

Embiid is a two-time All-Star starter, while Simmons is hoping for a second straight selection.

Fan voting has a 50 percent weight in deciding All-Star starters, with the votes of a panel of media members and players each accounting for 25 percent. All-Star reserves are decided by coaches' voting.

Starters will be named next Thursday, and reserves will be named a week later. The All-Star Game will be on Feb. 16 in Chicago.



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Sixers Talk podcast: Ben Simmons beasting early, but not scoring late

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Sixers Talk podcast: Ben Simmons beasting early, but not scoring late

On the latest Sixers Talk podcast presented by Wilmington University, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss Tobias Harris coming up big late in games and explain why Ben Simmons isn't scoring late in games.

• The home dominance continues as we're starting to see a pattern down the stretch.

• Simmons has been a monster early in games, but has been held scoreless in the fourth over his last three. Should we be worried?

• More games like Wednesday's for Harris, please!

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